Lynn Barber

Will Keir Starmer ever learn to loosen up?

24 February 2024 9:00 am

The Labour leader comes across as compassionate and hard-working, but so ill at ease in front of the cameras that even his close friends fail to recognise him

Nothing satisfies Madonna for very long

16 December 2023 9:00 am

Her ‘rebel’ life, as told by Mary Gabriel, has been a frenzied churn of friends, lovers, mentors and collaborators, vital to her for a year or two and then discarded

The horrors of the ‘Upskirt Decade’

25 November 2023 9:00 am

The century began as a monstrous time to be famous and female – epitomised by the Tulsa judge who, in 2006, seemed to rule that no woman had a right to privacy in public

Joan Didion deserves better

23 September 2023 9:00 am

The great American writer is ill-served by this new biography – but luckily we still have her own writing to tell us who she truly was

‘My attachment to Giacometti grew into the bedrock of my existence’

16 September 2023 9:00 am

Michael Peppiatt has had a lifelong obsession with Alberto Giacometti – and it shows in this perfect biography, says Lynn Barber

‘I have uncancelled myself’: David Starkey interviewed

6 May 2023 9:00 am

David Starkey’s commentary on the Queen’s funeral on GB News was generally agreed to be the best of all the…

How Britain prepared for Armageddon from the 1950s onwards

15 April 2023 9:00 am

The official policy in the event of nuclear war veered from fatuous evacuation plans to a directive to stockpile food, stay home and hope for the best

The life of Elizabeth Taylor was non-stop drama 

7 January 2023 9:00 am

Kate Andersen Brower has had access to the vast, unpublished archive of Hollywood’s queen - famed for her beauty, diamonds and unhappy marriages

Meghan and Harry have never grasped the notion of ‘only connect’

17 December 2022 9:00 am

In June 2017 Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, was surprised when Jane Sarkin, his features editor, told him…

The troubled life of Paul Newman

5 November 2022 9:00 am

Paul Newman explains at the beginning how this book came about: ‘I want to leave some kind of record that…

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