Lara Prendergast

Lara Prendergast is online editor of The Spectator

Trade like a tradwife

13 July 2024 9:00 am

I love to complain about my phone. It has ruined everything, from friendships to childhood to my memory. But if…

The abortion debate returns

13 April 2024 9:00 am

I don’t like talking about abortion and so rarely do. I have never written about it before. I am uncomfortable…

Beauty tips every man should know

17 February 2024 9:00 am

British men are getting into ‘beauty’. ‘Now it’s men’s turn to hog the bathroom,’ reports the Times, as spending increases…

Meet Millennial Millie, the new swing voter

13 May 2023 9:00 am

An election looms and political parties are already talking ‘voter demographics’. Every few years, the wonks of Westminster pick a…

Is milk racist?

15 April 2023 9:00 am

I was tired when I went to see Milk at the Wellcome Collection, having been up for much of the…

The Easter lily

8 April 2023 9:00 am

In defence of hot baths

17 December 2022 9:00 am

I admire stout oldies who, even in good times, refuse to put the heating on unless it’s absolutely necessary. They…

How Carrie helped blow it for Boris

7 July 2022 10:10 pm

Of course it is sexist to blame the woman. But, in the case of Carrie Johnson, it cannot be said…

Beware the sex party bores

2 July 2022 9:00 am

You know you’re getting old when your friends start going to sex parties. In our twenties, there were parties, and…

It’s not up to Boris to save Christmas – it’s up to us

18 December 2021 9:00 am

How well-behaved have you been in the second year of Covid? I wouldn’t say I’ve been perfect but I haven’t…

The Covid vaccines affect periods. Are we allowed to talk about this?

21 August 2021 9:00 am

It’s fashionable to talk about periods. Books on the subject, with glossy red and pink covers, are bestsellers. They have…

‘I’ve seen the bare bones of London’: street painter Peter Brown interviewed

1 May 2021 9:00 am

‘I’ve been seeing the bare bones of London,’ explains the landscape artist Peter Brown, who is known affectionately as ‘Pete…

The curious rise of cottagecore

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Cottagecore, not to be confused with cottaging, is an aspirational lifestyle trend. The word is relatively new —although you’ll find…

Papers, please: immunity IDs are on the way

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Where will vaccine passports lead?

Why charity begins in shops

19 December 2020 9:00 am

When everything re-opened after the first lockdown, I didn’t immediately head to a restaurant, bar or hairdresser. I went to…

Inside the court of Carrie Symonds, princess of whales

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Inside the court of Carrie Symonds

In defence of Emily in Paris

7 November 2020 9:00 am

A frothy new drama called Emily in Paris arrived on Netflix last month. Starring Lily Collins — daughter of Phil…

The problem with pretty floral face masks

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Now that we must all wear face masks, it is hardly surprising that they have started to become a fashion…

Lockdown used to be the norm for new mothers

9 May 2020 9:00 am

I laughed when my Spanish midwife mentioned in passing that in Latin American countries they have a custom for new…

The art of pregnancy

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Pregnancy has always been a public spectacle – and as the Foundling Museum’s new exhibition shows, a dangerous one

The new trend for ‘gender reveal’ parties sums up the mood of the past decade

21 December 2019 9:00 am

OMG, the end of the decade is almost here, which means it’s time to start reflecting on what on earth…

The truth about food photography

2 November 2019 9:00 am

While looking at the photographs of food in this humorous exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery, I thought of how hopelessly…

Is your Halloween costume woke?

30 October 2019 9:59 pm

Halloween used to be easy. It was a fancy-dress party: you could wear whatever you liked. The idea was to…

Can Boris Johnson’s ‘little otter’ make him woke enough to win?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Philip May seems a decent cove. He’s been stoic and loyal but I can’t help hoping that the next prime…