Mary Wakefield

Mary Wakefield is commissioning editor of The Spectator.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings in Brexit: The Uncivil War

Benedict Cumberbatch on playing my husband, Dominic Cummings

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Imagine looking at a photo of a stranger and feeling in response, quite naturally, the sort of happy affection you…

Neil MacGregor: belief is what holds a society together

8 December 2018 9:00 am

‘But what must it be like for the fish?’ We’re talking about cormorants, Neil MacGregor and I, and the spectacular…

I admit it – I’m a smartphone addict

1 December 2018 9:00 am

I am often extremely dismissive of people immersed in their smartphones. I tut at the mole-ish pedestrians who step out…

What Mills & Boon can teach us in the age of #MeToo

3 November 2018 9:00 am

In celebration of its 110th birthday, I downloaded a Mills & Boon — The Greek Tycoon’s Blackmailed Mistress — and…

Stuffed doll in Edwardian-style black dress with stiletto through face, south Devon, England , 1909–13

The objects that sound witchiest on paper just look sad: Spellbound reviewed

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Just in front of me, visiting Spellbound at the Ashmolean last week, was a very rational boy of about seven…

Yes, we London cyclists really are a nasty lot

6 October 2018 9:00 am

One morning a long time ago, when the Spectator offices were still in Bloomsbury, I hopped my bike up onto…

It’s time to take on the paedophiles

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Abusing children is one of the most terrible things men do. We all agree about that. And I think we’re…

Why dismiss a Catholic priest for being Catholic?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

They’re just kids! What’s your problem? This has become the default reaction of a whole raft of clever people to…

Why do so many women feel such a strong urge to paint?

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Why do so many women feel such a strong urge to paint? It has been troubling me for years now.…

Antony Gormley’s art works better in theory than in practice

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Antony Gormley has replicated again. Every year or so a new army of his other selves — cast, or these…

Is it ok for Muslim parents to stop their kids having non-Muslim pals?

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Is it all right for the Muslim parents of children at British state schools to prevent their sons and daughters…

After decades in London, I still long for home. Is that too Brexity?

5 May 2018 9:00 am

As I get older, and particularly after having a child, I feel myself unexpectedly drawn back to the countryside I…

An odd new feeling has crept up on me – sympathy for the police

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Spring has come to my local park in its usual way. First the magnolias, then the cherry blossom, then the…

Has Virgin trains lost the plot?

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Twelve minutes till the train. That had seemed like quite enough time as I approached the Virgin ticket machine. Two…

Commitment-phobic men are the real reason women are having children later

10 March 2018 9:00 am

We are becoming a nation of older mothers. The average age at which a woman has her first child is…

Why we keep ignoring NGO sex scandals

17 February 2018 9:00 am

One of the oddest things about the Oxfam sex scandal is how little we all seem to care. Even now,…

UN ‘Peace-keepers’ abuse the girls in their care, yet no one is ever punished

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Last week, women working for the UN became the latest to join the #MeToo gang, and for all the eye-rolling…

For some girls, therapy does more harm than good

13 January 2018 9:00 am

In the churchyard by the church near my grandmother’s house, there’s a tombstone with an inscription that’s haunted me since…

How can any intelligent person have faith?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Ten years ago, I had a strange debate about faith with a famous Jesuit and an agnostic psychoanalyst in a…

Monkey business: Jane Goodall

An exceptional new film about Jane Goodall unearths a remarkable love story

2 December 2017 9:00 am

There are times when our national passion for cutting people down to size is a little tiring. I left Brett…

The iciness behind the heart of the #metoo movement

11 November 2017 9:00 am

On rolls the Harvey Weinstein horror show with no finale in sight. The next episode looks likely to star Uma…

The universal credit crunch

28 October 2017 9:00 am

It only dawned on me in late summer just how terrible our new benefits system, universal credit, might be both…

Calling Paddock a ‘lone wolf’ isn’t racist

14 October 2017 9:00 am

It’s been nearly two weeks since Stephen Paddock committed mass murder in Las Vegas and the FBI is still casting…

Savage beauty

5 October 2017 2:00 pm

Could it, at times, be frustrating to have taken one of the world’s most famous photographs? Steve McCurry’s ‘Afghan Girl’…

Gentrification is far from our biggest problem

30 September 2017 9:00 am

The late afternoon sun fell on the anomalous pine trees of Gillett Square, London N16, and on the wooden decking…