Sam Leith

Sordid confessions of a Centrist Dad

16 November 2019 9:00 am

I have a shameful secret. I’ve been watching these… videos online. Amazing what you can get in a couple of…

For political discourse to survive, we must be more honest about language

5 October 2019 9:00 am

When I was an English literature undergraduate, we were all very careful to avoid what used to be called the…

Oppidans vs scholars: a guide to the social politics of Eton

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Every prime minister is a sociologist. Theresa May drew a distinction between citizens of somewhere and ‘citizens of nowhere’, a…

Why croquet beats cricket

29 June 2019 9:00 am

People say cricket is the quintessential English game. Those people are wrong. Cricket may have a longer pedigree, but it’s…

Common sense is the real generation gap – just ask John Cleese

15 June 2019 9:00 am

As I write these words, I regret to inform you, John Cleese is on his way to being cancelled. Now…

Life at the Globe

8 June 2019 9:00 am

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL PARTNERS OF SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE’S 2019 SUMMER SEASON   This column concludes my brief series about…

Life at the Globe

25 May 2019 9:00 am

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL PARTNERS OF SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE’S 2019 SUMMER SEASON   ‘Small Latin and less Greek’ was Ben…

Credit: Robin Hill

Gothic extremes of human cruelty: Cari Mora, by Thomas Harris, reviewed

18 May 2019 9:00 am

It has been 13 years since Thomas Harris published a novel, and the last time he published one without Hannibal…

‘Come on, cancel me’: An interview with Bret Easton Ellis

11 May 2019 9:00 am

‘I grew up in LA where we all thought fame was a joke,’ says Bret Easton Ellis. ‘My class was…

Life at the Globe

27 April 2019 9:00 am

    IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL PARTNERS OF SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE’S 2019 SUMMER SEASON As I noted last week, the…

Life at the Globe

20 April 2019 9:00 am

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL PARTNERS OF SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE’S 2019 SUMMER SEASON And so, as we continue through the Summer…

Life at the Globe

9 March 2019 9:00 am

    IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL PARTNERS OF SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE’S 2019 SUMMER SEASON Last time in this space we…

The art, beauty and joy of videogames

2 March 2019 9:00 am

By day, I’m a mild-mannered book-world hanger-on; by night, I roar through the streets of Gotham in my heavily armed…

Mister Miracle, the cheesiest of all superheroes, reviewed

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Mister Miracle is, on the face of it, one of the cheesiest of all costumed super-heroes. Created by Jack Kirby…

Life at the Globe

23 February 2019 9:00 am

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL PARTNERS OF SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE’S 2019 SUMMER SEASON We’ve been looking at various aspects of Richard…

Portrait of Ruskin dated 1870

John Ruskin: the making of a modern prophet

16 February 2019 9:00 am

At the time of his death in 1900, John Ruskin was, according to Andrew Hill, ‘perhaps the most famous living…

Life at the Globe

9 February 2019 9:00 am

    IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL PARTNERS OF SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE’S 2019 SUMMER SEASON Though the new production of Richard…

Life at the Globe

26 January 2019 9:00 am

    IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL PARTNERS OF SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE’S 2019 SUMMER SEASON I quoted last week that rather…

Life at the Globe

19 January 2019 9:00 am

    IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRINCIPLE PARTNERS OF SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE’S 2019 SUMMER SEASON One of the things about Shakespeare…

Life at the Globe

12 January 2019 9:00 am

  IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL PARTNERS OF SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE The Globe was the occasion of drama before the first…

‘There is so little heartless work around. So I feel I am filling a small but necessary gap.’ Edward Gorey photographed in 1977 on the set he designed for the Broadway production of Dracula

Edward Gorey: master of the macabre

8 December 2018 9:00 am

‘A is for Amy who fell down the stairs/ B is for Basil, assaulted by bears…’ The Gashlycrumb Tinies, an…

I’m the latest victim of George Osborne’s austerity

1 December 2018 9:00 am

I got the sack the other day from the London Evening Standard, where I’ve been a weekly columnist for about…

Spilling ink: Lee Child [AXEL DUPEUX]

Lee Child: How to write – and get revenge

1 December 2018 9:00 am

According to which bit of hype you read, there’s a copy of one of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher thrillers sold…

Conservatives are wrong about free speech

7 July 2018 9:00 am

‘There. I said it.’ That phrase, and the attitude it strikes, says something pretty specific. It doesn’t just say: here’s…

It’s the Year of the Slug and I’m at war with the slimy little bastards

9 June 2018 9:00 am

I know some people are fretting about Brexit, and others about the drive-by violence the President is doing to the…