Harry Mount

The famous cities of the ancient world were surprisingly small and fragile

11 July 2020 9:00 am

Greg Woolf didn’t know his book would come out during an urban crisis. Thanks to coronavirus, Venice’s population, for example,…

manners

Manners maketh America

26 June 2020 6:01 am

When I moved to New York in 2005 to be the Daily Telegraph’s correspondent, the first thing I was struck…

Carve his name with pride: Andrew Ziminsky rebuilds the West Country

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Andrew Ziminski is the man who rebuilt the West Country. For 30 years, this skilled stonemason has renovated some of…

old

No presidency for old men

10 February 2020 2:02 am

What a thrill! Last night, I was dining with a friend in Piccola Italia, a charming restaurant in Manchester, New…

Rod Liddle on Brexit: The Great Betrayal reviewed

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Rod Liddle has taken a huge gamble with this book. It could be out of date very soon. The book’s…

Run, Boris, run: why middle-aged MPs have turned into fitness freaks

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Forget the cigar, the homburg and the V-for-victory sign. If Winston Churchill were around today, he’d be pounding the streets…

We all have servants now

4 May 2019 9:00 am

 Montego Bay, Jamaica When the Kennedy clan were children, JFK and his siblings would tear off their clothes before leaping…

The ruins of Carbury Castle, Co. Kildare

The unique, bittersweet beauty of Irish ruins

16 March 2019 9:00 am

The Celtic Tiger has come and gone. Over the past 30 years, billions of pounds poured into Irish houses and…

The famous Barbary macaques

Gibraltar, the rock of ages past

5 January 2019 9:00 am

How lazy, snobbish and wrong it is to mock Gibraltar for the lager and fish and chips clichés. Yes, you…

Britain has become a country of braggarts and show-offs

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Over the past 20 years, the old British trait of self-deprecation has been killed off. And in its place, boasting…

Requiem for the Common Entrance Exam

13 October 2018 9:00 am

So farewell, then, to the Common Entrance Exam, bane of a million schoolchildren’s lives since it was introduced in 1904.…

The English clergy at their oddest – a compendium

29 September 2018 9:00 am

As the wordy title of this book and the name of its author suggest, this is a faux-archaic, fogeyish journey…

British men shouldn’t go topless in public. Ever

21 July 2018 9:00 am

England didn’t just lose the World Cup. When it comes to male nudity, the country has also lost its sense…

All hail Æthelflæd! The first Brexiteer

16 June 2018 9:00 am

This week, Prince Edward was paying tribute to a much-loved Queen. Not ‘Mummy’ — but Queen Æthelflæd, Alfred the Great’s…

Inspired touch: Asterix creators René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (seated) in 1967

Asterix and the sheer brilliance of his creators

26 May 2018 9:00 am

A sterix, te amamus! For those not lucky enough to learn their Latin from the dazzling René Goscinny and Albert…

How to be a tourist in Europe

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Last week, I was in the Florence Baptistery by 8.30 a.m. That used to be early enough to avoid the…

In London, dinner parties and murder exist side by side

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Last month, a 17-year-old business student of Somali extraction, Abdikarim Hassan, was knifed to death outside a corner shop, 70…

Homer’s Trojan War epic richly deserves its lavish new BBC adaptation

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Did the Trojan War really take place? The Foreign Secretary certainly thinks so. ‘The Iliad must have happened,’ Boris Johnson…

Why the sleepy old CoE is just a greedy, moneygrubbing property tycoon

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Holy smoke! The sleepy old Church of England is a greedy, money-grubbing property tycoon. This month, it emerged that since…

Harry, Meghan and the irresistible rise of the glamocracy

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The world may be dazzled by Prince Harry marrying a divorced, mixed-race American TV star. But his grand friends and…

The real reason for the fall of Rome? Climate change

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? It’s a question that’s been puzzling writers ever since Edward Gibbon wrote The History…

Homer Simpson meets Homer

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Milan Kundera has said that Homer’s Odyssey was the first novel. I’m not so sure — the verse kind of…

Algy Cluff on Margaret Thatcher, Robert Mugabe and Brexit

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Former Spectator owner Algy Cluff on Margaret Thatcher, Robert Mugabe and Brexit

‘True Love’ detail, 1981, by Posy Simmonds

The British are leaders in graphic novels so why do we not take the art form more seriously?

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Art Spiegelman, the American cartoonist behind Maus, the celebrated Holocaust cartoon, dreamt up a good definition of graphic novels: comics…

Irish Citizen Army soldiers on rooftops in Dublin before the Easter Rising of 1916

The holy relics of the Easter Rising: from hallowed flags to rebel biscuits

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The reverence for those involved in the Easter Rising is evident in an exhibition devoted to its centenary, says Harry Mount