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The week in books

14 June 2013 9:00

This week’s magazine is full to the brim with cracking book reviews. Here is a selection of quotes to whet…

The Special power of the printed word

13 June 2013 10:28

A few weeks ago, three colossal boxes of new books from Penguin arrived in the bookshop. I made myself a…

A dream come true

6 June 2013 10:03

It only took me twelve years as a published writer to get round to seeing one of my own books…

Islamophilia – a very metropolitan malady

3 June 2013 13:34

Readers might like to know that I have a new book out today. It is called ‘Islamophilia: a very metropolitan…

Amateur fantasies and professional realities

30 May 2013 10:05

As was to be expected, it rained. Drizzle was in the air at times yesterday when the Authors XI turned…

Interview with James Wood

12 April 2013 8:15

James Wood is arguably the most celebrated, possibly the most impugned, and definitely the most envied, literary journalist living. By…

The British Library goes digital

11 April 2013 9:09

If you go down to the British Library today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Because as of last weekend,…

The curious incident of the books on the Kindle

14 March 2013 10:20

If you had a pile of 300 books in your house waiting to be read, what would you do? Would…

Doing it the French way

21 February 2013 10:49

‘Where have all the great French writers gone?’ the people cry. Or at least they would if anyone was interested…

The Leather Case

16 February 2013 15:44

Last year I wrote an unpatriotic column for the Observer. I said that while American literary and journalistic frauds tended…

Writers are tarts

14 February 2013 13:48

Tarts. That’s what we are, really, us writers. Not just in the general sense of loving attention – also in…

Childishly scientific

5 February 2013 14:30

2.30pm, Tuesday, the bookshop of the Natural History Museum. Horrible Science: Blood, Bones and Body Bits is being leafed through…

Murder at the British Library

22 January 2013 16:40

If you happen to be passing through King’s Cross and can spare 10 minutes, drop by the British Library to…

Claws out for Caitlin Moran

14 January 2013 17:17

The ladies of the London chatterati are at each other’s throats. Left-wing identity politics has been eating itself since the…

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…

The future of the trivia book

13 December 2012 10:19

It is, if Noddy Holder is to be believed, Christmas. And so those of us who pen trivia books listen…

Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling and the albatross of success

6 December 2012 9:30

Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, has announced that her next book will be a picture book. Rather than…

When ‘boycott’ isn’t quite the right word

22 November 2012 16:22

Boycott Amazon was the message from Margaret Hodge MP in last weekend’s Observer. This comes in the wake of new…

Suing Twitter for Libel is a Mug's Game - Spectator Blogs

20 November 2012 15:55

Rod Liddle asks a question of the kind one frequently sees raised by media types: [W]hy is [Lord McAlpine] not…

Puffing Pamela: Book hype, 18th-century style

7 November 2012 17:11

There are quite a few candidates competing for the title of the first novel in English literature. You can make…