Julie Burchill

Pity poor Candace Bushnell, still flogging Sex and the City at 60

17 August 2019 9:00 am

On paper, Candace Bushnell and the medieval warlord El Cid don’t have a lot in common. The first made a…

Conservative party chairman James Cleverly (Getty)

Labour can’t cope with Boris’s BAME cabinet

3 August 2019 9:00 am

I’ve never voted Conservative and I never will. Having been raised in a working-class home, I can’t get past the…

Our churches aren’t perfect, but if we lose them we will all be worse off

27 April 2019 9:00 am

After hearing about the massacre in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, I went to church, happily sang the word God…

Netflix and kill: the creepy obsession with true crime

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Thumbing avidly through Heat magazine recently in a fevered search for the latest on the Cheryl/Liam/Naomi infernal triangle, I was…

Tracey Thorn performing at the Palace, Los Angeles in 1985

The day I woke up… to hear that only Tracey Thorn loved me

9 February 2019 9:00 am

It’s unusual for musicians to become writers. The trajectory of yearning is meant to be the other way around. When…

Britain has fallen out of love with Italy – as have the Italians

26 January 2019 9:00 am

On reading recently that Italian is the fastest disappearing language in America, my thoughts were mixed. I felt fleeting sorrow…

Julie Burchill: Why I’ve given up cocaine

5 January 2019 9:00 am

It always amuses me at this time of year to observe the fuss people make about quitting booze for a…

The lost joy of swearing

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Upon discovering that Sinéad O’Connor has converted to Islam, I was about as shocked as a Yuletide shopper hearing the…

Julie Burchill is bored by Robin Green’s account of her time at Rolling Stone – and says hippies still stink

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The last time I saw a copy of the New Musical Express — the ferociously influential 1970s pop paper which…

Hooray for Meghan Markle, a very modern adventuress

28 April 2018 9:00 am

I’m keen on all sorts of my fellow females — broads, gold-diggers, career girls — but the best is the…

Why do the Japanese despise sex?

7 April 2018 9:00 am

There are two sorts of people: those who can’t wait to grow up, and those who wish they never had…

Is Prince Charles so fond of Islam because he distrusts Jews?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

It has long been my belief that whereas the quality of gentiles drawn to Judaism is very high (Marilyn Monroe,…

Sex and sycophancy at Rolling Stone

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Many moons ago, I worked at the New Musical Express magazine, which transformed me from virgin schoolgirl to the fabulous…

The return of Lady Muck

28 October 2017 9:00 am

My sainted mum was of untarnished working-class blood — she worked, variously, as a cleaner, factory hand and shop assistant…

The joy of sex

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Your typical Trollope-loving, Brahms-bothering Spectator reader probably won’t be aware that the most recent winner of Big Brother was a…

Alt-hate

17 June 2017 9:00 am

At the start of the year, a Facebook friend messaged me, telling me that she and a chum had been…

Lou Reed takes a walk on the wild side in 1972

Fallen idols

20 May 2017 9:00 am

David Hepworth is such a clever writer — not just clever in the things he writes, but in the way…

The EU is a feminist issue. I’m voting to leave

26 March 2016 9:00 am

For decades — even before it had its name, which sounds thrilling, as words with an X in them tend…

My Brighton’s gone all Brideshead

16 January 2016 9:00 am

My adopted hometown of Brighton and Hove has always had a somewhat well-to-do image, it’s fair to say. Though we…

Still standing: the Arc de Triomphe

Paris: go while it’s still friendly

2 January 2016 9:00 am

My word, I do like the French! That’s up there with things I thought I’d never say, like ‘Just the…

Chrissie Hynde writes like an angel on angel dust

12 December 2015 9:00 am

‘The day I found out that Suzi Quatro wasn’t a dyke was the worst day of my life!’ a teenage…

Howard Marks: the dreary life of a drugs dealer

Julie Burchill vs celebrity memoirs

14 November 2015 9:00 am

I learned from this little lot that if one has read The Diary of a Nobody, then one can derive…

Losing my son and the end of my life’s summer

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Growing up in the West Country in the 1960s and 1970s, summer left me cold. There was only one place…

The uglier the man, the uglier the attitude

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Body dysmorphia, the unfortunate medical condition whereby a perfectly pleasant/slender person believes themselves to be ugly/fat, is a strange and…

The real Nikki Sixx (Photo: Getty)

The rock novel that makes Mötley Crüe dull

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Novels set in the music business (from blockbuster to coming-of-age) are few and far between — far less than in…