Lara Prendergast

Lara Prendergast is online editor of The Spectator

Should we all write ‘feminist’ stocking fillers?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

I arrived at Waterloo, half an hour before my train departed. Needing to buy a birthday card, I popped into…

The horror of choosing a Halloween costume

27 October 2018 9:00 am

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

Why are modern men obsessed with self-improvement?

11 August 2018 9:00 am

My friend recently met a man on a dating app and went out for dinner with him. When he arrived,…

Wedding lists are out of control – just look at Harry and Meghan’s

19 May 2018 9:00 am

I have a phobia of wedding lists. They always seem very presumptuous. Friends ask for monstrous amounts of things that…

The vlogging fantasy that bewitches our children

24 March 2018 9:00 am

My friend’s ten-year-old daughter has a new hobby. Like many of her school pals, she hopes to become a video…

Blue pill-pushers: Why is Viagra being marketed to young men?

3 March 2018 9:00 am

In September last year, official figures showed a startling rise in the number of young British men turning up at…

Welcome to the age of the digital inquisition

13 January 2018 9:00 am

A friend of mine at university had a rule: he didn’t want anything to appear online that might ruin a…

The night market in Raohe Street

Taipei is obsessed with food… and it’s so cheap you can try everything

6 January 2018 9:00 am

The Taiwanese seem besotted with food. The National Palace Museum in Taipei has almost 700,000 objects in its collection, but…

Poking fun at the royals is good for the monarchy

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Isn’t Meghan fabulous? Hasn’t she totally brought the monarchy into the 21st century? Doesn’t she make Kate look like such…

The sexual reformation has opened up a schism between women and men

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Nell Minow, an American film critic, recently described how in 2010 she had interviewed the Friends actor David Schwimmer. When…

‘Regent’s Park Zoo’, 1930, by Arnrid Banniza Johnston

The forgotten history of the Tube’s ‘poster girls’

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Every weekday, I travel by Tube to The Spectator’s office, staring at the posters plastered all over the walls. I…

Following suit

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Why do Tories all look the same? This year, having never been to a party conference before, I went to…

The sinister power of family courts

9 September 2017 9:00 am

It’s right that some children are taken into care. One case in point is that of Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith, the toddler…

Snobbery in the age of social media

12 August 2017 9:00 am

We like to think we have moved on from the age of snobbery. Judging others by birth or status, or…

Why must I have a strong opinion about everything?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

At a party earlier this summer, I was chatting to a man who asked me how I voted in last…

Harry Potter and the millennial mind

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Which Hogwarts house would you be in? There are four options, and everybody fits into one. The brave and chivalrous…

Israel Notebook

18 March 2017 9:00 am

On the Israeli side of the Syrian border, near al-Quneitra, you can watch the war. From my vantage point on…

It’s all too personal

18 February 2017 9:00 am

When I was little I owned a set of pencils that had my name engraved on them. I didn’t have…

It’s all too personal

16 February 2017 3:00 pm

When I was little I owned a set of pencils that had my name engraved on them. I didn’t have…

It’s all too personal

16 February 2017 3:00 pm

When I was little I owned a set of pencils that had my name engraved on them. I didn’t have…

Italy: I’ve got Rome on repeat

29 December 2016 3:00 pm

My year was topped and tailed with trips to Rome. In March, as the blossom unfurled along the Tiber and…

The new first lady

12 November 2016 9:00 am

It was a race between the first dude — Bill — and the first nude — Melania. And in the…

Notes on California

5 November 2016 9:00 am

The mood in California was apologetic. Most people we met seemed embarrassed that their country’s dirty laundry was being aired…

Notes on California

3 November 2016 3:00 pm

The mood in California was apologetic. Most people we met seemed embarrassed that their country’s dirty laundry was being aired…

Unhappy Pill

8 October 2016 9:00 am

A study came out last week that should have caused great alarm. For 13 years, researchers at the University of Copenhagen studied…