Harry Mount

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

Algy Cluff is the longest-serving oilman in the North Sea. He was one of the first to drill for oil…

‘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

This is the first exhibition I’ve been to where the Prime Minister joined the hacks at the press view. A…

Justin Trudeau has his mother’s looks – and his father’s dodgy economics

12 March 2016 9:00 am

   Quebec City Canada is about to hit a new high. If the supercute 44-year-old prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has…

Boris and Dave’s schoolboy rivalry is journalistic wishful thinking

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The Prime Minister is pretty angry with Boris. But the idea that they’ve competed with each other since school is…

The death of General Gordon by George W. Joy

Why the British make a virtue of defeat

20 February 2016 9:00 am

When Henry Worsley died last month attempting the first solo, unaided expedition across the Antarctic, he was 30 miles short…

The history of London through its parish churches

16 January 2016 9:00 am

John Betjeman, the patron saint of English parish churches, once warned against praising British buildings too much. Be careful before…

The secret brilliance of Prince Philip’s ‘gaffes’

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I’ve just been on the receiving end of a Prince Philip gaffe, of sorts, and I loved it. It was…

Corbyn's purge of the Oxbridge set

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Labour was once the clever party. Under Jeremy Corbyn, its front bench is purged of Oxbridge intellectuals

Adventures on the isle that seduced Odysseus

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Gozo — Malta’s tiny island neighbour — was once rather a crucial spot in the Mediterranean. The Knights of Malta…

Celebrating the red dawn among the Corbynistas of north London

19 September 2015 8:00 am

‘Jeremy Corbyn night’ at the Forum in Kentish Town on Monday should have been a scene of orgiastic pleasure for…

Sympathy for the devils: Reggie and Ronnie Kray in northeast London, 1964

I was Reggie Kray's penpal

12 September 2015 9:00 am

When I was at university, Reggie Kray was my penpal. I wrote to him in 1991, asking for an interview…

Statue of Augustus in Orange, southern France

Augustus: here was a Caesar! Or at least his great-nephew

5 September 2015 9:00 am

It’s strange that tourists rarely visit the most famous site in Roman history. The spot in Pompey’s assembly hall where…

Escape Antigua’s tourists (but be ready to confront some grim secrets)

22 August 2015 9:00 am

‘Tourism, tourism and tourism,’ said my Antiguan cab driver, when I asked what the country’s main industries were. Still, it’s…

Please come on holiday to poor, broken Greece. It needs you

18 July 2015 9:00 am

At the weekend, I tried — and failed — to get some money out of an empty cashpoint near Omonia…

My letter from Harper Lee

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Who knows whether Harper Lee, now 89, has given permission for her novel, Go Set a Watchman, to be published…

'We need a new word for crisis': the view from Athens

4 July 2015 9:00 am

 Athens On Sunday night, a protest in favour of staying in the euro gathered in Syntagma Square, in front of…

The romance of cycling is suggested in this advertisement for Columbia Bicycles, with its quotation from ‘Lochinvar’

Bicycling: the Marmite means of transport

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Bicycles — in Britain, anyway — are the Marmite means of transport. I am among the bicycle-lovers, almost religious and…

Harry Mount’s diary: Class war with classicists and wisdom from Brian Sewell

28 March 2015 9:00 am

I never knew classicists could be so scary! Last week I wrote a Telegraph article saying classics exams had been…

Manet would recognise it: the Jardin des Tuileries

Seeing Paris through Impressionist eyes

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The spectre of the Charlie Hebdo killings still hangs over Paris. Outside the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, opposite the…

Portrait of Lord Dufferin, 1893

The first Lord Dufferin: the eclipse of a most eminent Victorian

28 February 2015 9:00 am

The first Marquess of Dufferin and Ava is largely forgotten today — rotten luck for the great diplomat of the…

Don’t mock Elvis’s style - he was ahead of the curve

28 February 2015 9:00 am

In the giftshop at the new Elvis exhibition at the Dome, you can buy your own version of his flared…

When did the advertising industry get so obsessed with swearing and innuendo?

21 February 2015 9:00 am

When did the advertising industry decide that swearing sells? Look around you, and you’ll start to see rude, unfunny double…

The National Trust is spoiling beautiful places in the name of people who’ll never visit them

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Broadhaven Beach in Pembrokeshire was once a sublime combination of the works of nature and man. The broad, deep, sandy…