Julie Burchill

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…

Life on the fast track: Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Just so you don’t get it confused with the City That Never Sleeps, Tel Aviv — my favovurite place on…

Why I won’t be going on Celebrity Big Brother — despite being tempted

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Gore Vidal once famously said that ‘Television is for appearing on, not watching.’ I feel the opposite. I’ve just turned…

A stormy day in Hastings, Barbados

The swankier the hotel, the sulkier the tourists

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Unusually, I didn’t leave the British Isles until I was 35, when I went to the Maldives for a fortnight.…

Working is good for you — even if it’s unpaid, in a charity shop — or writing book reviews for The Spectator

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Work is a funny old thing — a four-letter word to some, the meaning of life to others. There have…