Death

Books Podcast: Clive James

24 August 2017 12:59

In this week’s Books podcast I speak to Clive James. Since he was diagnosed with leukaemia, Clive has been as…

Government rows back on plans to raise probate fees

21 April 2017 12:02

‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ This famous quote, attributed to Benjamin…

Dying Without Dignity: a report on end-of-life care that shames the NHS

20 May 2015 7:18

The name says it all. ‘Dying Without Dignity’ is the parliamentary health ombudsman’s report into over 300 complaints of the neglect of…

Have scientists really found proof of life after death?

13 October 2014 13:23

When I finally reached the hospital, my grandma had already lost consciousness. As soon as I saw her, I could…

DNR notices: A matter of life and death

18 June 2014 13:51

It was Janet Tracey’s family who brought about a change in the law regarding Do Not Resuscitate notices on patient’s…

An introduction to Death Cafés

3 June 2014 10:42

listen to ‘The Death Café’ on Audioboo Spectator readers who were listening to the Today programme this morning would have…

The California spree killer: why is that loser’s face all over the media?

28 May 2014 9:37

Last Saturday a young man in southern California murdered six people. I’m not going to name him or link to…

Burning foetuses to heat hospitals: a perfect metaphor for modern Britain

24 March 2014 18:16

By way of a metaphor for the way the NHS and, come to that, the law regards foetuses, you can’t…

What shall we do about Neknominate?

20 February 2014 17:57

I wonder if we should start our own Spectator Blog NekNominations? Open to bloggers and readers. I nominate Daniel Maris…

Here, Mr Gove, is the thrill of raw, unvarnished history

4 September 2013 9:36

Our unrelenting appetite for historical drama is fed by a ceaseless stream of novels and dramatisations – usually, these days,…

Old books, Getty Images

Stoner by John Williams – review

22 July 2013 10:41

Faced with a book as simple and true as Stoner, it’s easy to fall into the trap of intentional fallacy.…

Clive James – laughing and loving

8 July 2013 17:19

Clive James was a recurring presence in last weekend’s literary press. There was, I regret to say, a valedictory feel…

Life’s too short to read tedious books

18 April 2013 8:44

‘My friend and I were working out how many more books we’ll read before we die,’ a customer said to…

Interview with a writer: John Banville

29 March 2013 11:00

The salubrious surroundings of the Waldorf Hotel seem like a very apt setting to interview a master of style and…

Discovering poetry: Samuel Daniel and the art of outliving death

4 March 2013 16:52

from Delia When winter snows upon thy golden hairs, And frost of age hath nipped thy flowers near; When dark…

Review – Shall We Gather At The River, by Peter Murphy

24 January 2013 17:09

Shall We Gather At The River is a book of unfortunate endings — the stories of nine suicides hang from…

Do you wish you were far from the madding crowd?

19 November 2012 14:20

From ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ ‘The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, The lowing herd wind slowly…

Teju Cole meets V.S. Naipaul

18 September 2012 17:53

If you have five minutes to spare this evening, read Teju Cole’s account of meeting V.S. Naipaul. Writing from the covetable position…

A tale of two Smiths: Zadie Smith and The Smiths

10 September 2012 15:00

It is lit-fiction season: that time of the year of when the premier novelists of the age dominate the market.…

Across the literary pages: Of life, love and death

2 July 2012 19:00

John Banville’s reputation as a master stylist and serious novelist wasn’t done any harm by the weekend reviews for his…

Rodney King and compensation

18 June 2012 16:45

The late Auberon Waugh advised his readers to reflect on the case of David Flannigan when considering the munificent compensation…

How dangerous is cycling?

3 February 2012 15:49

Am I dicing with death every morning and evening? The Times would say so. I cycle to work, and, for…

Bad timing

6 January 2012 14:25

Since corrected, but an embarrassing end to an embarrassing week for Ed Miliband: And RIP Bob Holness, the second James…

Lord Falconer has the wrong ideas about assisted suicide

5 January 2012 19:39

So Lord Falconer’s commission, funded by Sir Terry Pratchett, has concluded that there is a ‘strong case’ for assisted suicide,…

Whither North Korea after Kim Jong-il’s death?

19 December 2011 12:21

The photographs and video footage show North Koreans weeping in their hundreds at the news of Kim Jong-il’s death. But…