books of the year

Michel Houellebecq’s vision of a France ruled by an Islamist regime is all too plausible

16 November 2015 14:12

No question about the book of the year: it’s Michel Houellebecq’s Submission (Heinemann, £18.99) in Lorin Stein’s fluent translation. It’s…

Spectator books of the year: Michela Wrong discovered a real-life picaresque tale

14 November 2015 10:00

The highlight for me this year was the South African writer Jonny Steinberg’s A Man of Good Hope (Cape, £18.99),…

Spectator books of the year: Jan Morris was touched by Michael Jacobs’ swan-song

13 November 2015 12:39

My favourite book of the year was The Hotel Years, a collection of wanderings by the incomparable Joseph Roth (Granta,…

Spectator books of the year: Charlotte Moore enjoyed Barry’s novel on Irish drunkenness

23 November 2014 21:00

Common People by Alison Light (Fig Tree, £20) is a shot in the arm for family historians like me. Her wise,…

Spectator books of the year: Christopher Howse was sickened by Charles Saatchi’s collection of thoughts

23 November 2014 15:00

Wonderful year for Pevsner, or rather for us who use the guides as we potter about. Four new vols: Bedfordshire,…

Spectator books of the year: Melanie McDonagh embraces The Essence of the Brontës

23 November 2014 12:00

Muriel Spark wasn’t only one of the great British novelists but a cracking literary critic and a lovely essayist. Her…

Spectator books of the year: Molly Guinness on the ‘oddly adorable’ New York dentist

22 November 2014 21:00

What You Want, or the Pursuit of Happiness by Constantine Phipps (Quercus, £20). This is a deeply eccentric book —…

Spectator books of the year: Marcus Berkmann reveals the only book this year he didn’t want to finish

22 November 2014 15:00

As someone who spent several years writing TV reviews mainly for laughs, I kneel before the twin idols of Clive…

Spectator books of the year: Jane Ridley on her favourite books about The Great War

22 November 2014 9:00

2014 has been the year of 1914. In the same way that Christmas puddings appear in supermarkets in October, many…

Spectator books of the year: Roger Lewis on hating Sheridan Morley

17 November 2014 11:47

Sheridan Morley was an old enemy of mine, so I was thrilled to see him brilliantly denounced and called to…

Spectator books of the year: A.N. Wilson on the British Pushkin

15 November 2014 12:31

Tristram Hunt’s Ten Cities that Made an Empire (Allen Lane, £25) is a stylish history of the British empire, told through its…

The Spectator’s books of 2012, pt 3

31 December 2012 11:00

2012 is done. Here is the final selection (published in the magazine last month)  of the Spectator’s best books of…

The Spectator’s books of 2012, pt 2

28 December 2012 11:00

2012 is very nearly finished. Here is a selection (published in the magazine last month) of the Spectator’s best books…

The Spectator’s books of 2012, pt 1

27 December 2012 11:00

2012 is drawing to a close. Here is a selection (published in the magazine last month)  of the Spectator’s best…