Christmas

The great books Spectator writers and others hate

21 December 2012 10:00

Find out which books PD James, Sam Leith, Susan Hill, Mark Amory, Barry Humphries and many more hate, then tell…

‘Turboparalysis’ Revisited

20 December 2012 18:33

The word ‘turboparalysis’, coined by Michael Lind (who has a brilliant piece on the subject in the Spectator Christmas double issue), is…

Children’s books for Christmas

19 December 2012 10:00

If you’re still struggling to find a present for the inscrutable toddlers and children in your life, fear not for…

An assassination at Christmas

18 December 2012 8:00

In the upper outer corridor of the Summer Palace, with its views of the palm fringed courtyard below, the young…

Marcus Berkmann’s choice of stocking fillers

12 December 2012 10:32

If you’re short on ideas for minor Christmas presents, then you can’t do better for expert guidance than read Marcus…

The importance of truth

9 November 2012 14:23

The words ‘Saville’ and ‘Inquiry’ have taken on a somewhat different meaning in recent weeks. But this is just to…

The Visit – Shiva Naipaul Prize, 2007

28 August 2012 19:14

The 2007 Spectator/ Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize was won by Clarissa Tan. The prize, named after the late Trinidadian author, is…

From the archives: Mr Dickens’ ghost story

25 December 2011 9:33

It is the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth in February, and Christmas Day today; so a sterling occasion to reproduce…

Merry Christmas

25 December 2011 0:28

May you and yours enjoy the day and have a rare and swell old time. Once you’ve done the quiz…

From the archives: The Christmas truce

24 December 2011 15:49

Christmas is but a day away, and with it a chance to remember when British and German troops clambered out…

Happy Christmas

23 December 2011 11:33

A brief post to let CoffeeHousers know that the blog will be going a bit quieter over the next few…

The rising cost of Christmas dinner

22 December 2011 19:26

While we’re talking Christmas, how about this release from the Office for National Statistics today? It reveals how the cost…

Christmas by numbers

22 December 2011 16:28

Keen-sighted Spectator readers may have noticed that there was no ‘Barometer’ column in our Christmas double issue. The weekly column,…

What do CoffeeHousers want for Christmas?

21 December 2011 15:21

Quentin Letts certainly wants a lot from good ol’ Father Christmas. In thefestive double issue of The Spectator he pens…

Spectators of Christmas Past

13 December 2011 12:56

One December in the 1930s, with Britain reeling from the Depression, Lord Wakefield of Wakefield House took out a full-page…

Oh come, all ye Speccie readers

28 November 2011 16:52

A brief post to alert CoffeeHousers to The Spectator’s carol concert, which is taking place next Wednesday in the beautiful…

A paean to the people

26 December 2010 14:36

There’s so much junk on the box at Christmas that yesterday I tweeted a link to a seven-minute video that…

A sign of the Times

26 December 2010 10:27

Yesterday, The Times produced its first Christmas Day edition for more than a century – since, that is, newsagents started…

From the archives: Mark Steyn’s Christmas film selection

25 December 2010 16:38

To help that Christmas lunch go down, here’s a sprinkling of Christmas films selected by the incomparable Mark Steyn in 2004. To see…

From the archives: What do you mean ‘Happy Christmas’?

25 December 2010 11:08

A more scientific view of proceedings, courtesy of a Yale professor writing for The Spectator’s Christmas issue in 1994:What do…