Lynn Barber

Jarvis Cocker measures out his life in attic junk

18 June 2022 9:00 am

If you were hoping for an autobiography this isn’t it. Jarvis Cocker calls it ‘an inventory’ and insists: ‘This is…

Sheila Hancock takes pride in her irascibility

11 June 2022 9:00 am

This book begins with Sheila Hancock wondering why she is being offered a damehood. I must say I slightly wondered…

Is Anna Wintour human?

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Apparently Anna Wintour wants to be seen as human, and Amy Odell’s biography goes some way to helping her achieve…

All talk and no trousers: is Oxford really to blame for Brexit?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Attacks on British elitism usually talk about Oxbridge, but Simon Kuper argues that it is specifically Oxford that is the…

The party’s finally over for Nigel Farage

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Nigel Farage was never even an MP, but Michael Crick argues convincingly that he is one of the top five…

How Shane MacGowan became Ireland’s prodigal son

20 November 2021 9:00 am

I once stood on a Dublin street with Shane MacGowan and watched little old ladies who can’t ever have been…

‘I’m plagued by worries of disaster’: an interview with Dominic Cummings

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Dominic Cummings on asteroids, AI and leaving No. 10

Abandoned by Paul Theroux: the diary of a sad ex-wife who sadly can’t write

10 July 2021 9:00 am

When I interviewed Paul Theroux 21 years ago at his home in Hawaii, there were already rumours that his ex-wife…

The sexploits of Mariella Novotny

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Orgies! Gangsters! Drugs! Spies! Scandals! This biography promises much but I’m not sure it actually delivers, or not in any…

A new blossoming: David Hockney paints Normandy

3 April 2021 9:00 am

In 2018 David Hockney went to Normandy to look at the Bayeux Tapestry, which he had not seen for more…

Why is buying a car such an ordeal?

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Why is buying a car such an ordeal?

Tom Bower pulls his punches with his life of Boris Johnson

24 October 2020 9:00 am

The Prime Minister may have lost his bounce –but perhaps that’s no bad thing, says Lynn Barber

When sexism was routine: the life of the female reporter in 1970s London

19 September 2020 9:00 am

This book made me almost weep with nostalgia, but heaven knows what today’s snowflakes will make of it. Fleet Street…

Natalie Wood’s death remains a mystery

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Are all children of famous parents told they must have a book in them? Since Allegra Huston’s wonderful memoir Love…

Trick or treat: the pros and cons of being hacked

18 July 2020 9:00 am

The pros and cons of being hacked

Pointless but beautiful – and good for going to sleep to: Monument Valley reviewed

27 June 2020 9:00 am

I was going to write about Monument Valley, and I suppose I will eventually, but first I have to write…

Splashing the cash at VIP nightclubs is now the favourite recreation of the rich

20 June 2020 9:00 am

The spectacular extravagance of the VIP nightclub ‘experience’ could be the last bonfire of the vanities, says Lynn Barber

Why do they call it a game? It is servitude: Nintendo Switch’s Animal Crossing reviewed

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Lynn Barber picks up a Nintendo Switch for the first time

Unspeakably prolix and petty: will anyone want to read John Bercow’s autobiography?

15 February 2020 9:00 am

In his autobiography, John Bercow takes his peerage as a given. But that might be scuppered by accusations of bullying, says Lynn Barber

A lovable, impossible man: Bryan Robertson, gifted curator and Spectator critic

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Andrew Lambirth claims that Bryan Robertson was ‘the greatest director the Tate Gallery never had’; but on the evidence of…

‘I’ve had two totally successful marriages’: Stanley Johnson interviewed

21 December 2019 9:00 am

If anything could make me feel sorry for Boris Johnson, it’s meeting his father, Stanley. Before we met, he sent…

Burnt out at 27: the tragedy of Janis Joplin

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Janis Joplin hated the word ‘star’, but she loved the trappings. As soon as she made serious money she bought…

A life apart: an interview with Frank Field

2 August 2019 9:33 pm

Frank Field has announced today that he is forming the ‘Birkenhead Social Justice Party’ to stand at the next election.…

‘Panto pays better than being an MEP’: Ann Widdecombe interviewed

13 July 2019 9:00 am

We could all forget about Ann Widdecombe for the past nine years while she was doing Strictly Come Dancing and…

Naomi Wolf is holed below the waterline

15 June 2019 9:00 am

What is it about Naomi Wolf that inspires such venom? Perhaps that she’s American, brash, media-savvy and not averse to…