Sam Leith

The unedifying Yilin Wang vs British Museum row

4 July 2023 12:05 am

If you visited the British Museum’s new exhibition China’s Hidden Century a fortnight ago, you’d have seen a substantial section on the revolutionary woman…

Why is it so difficult to find MPs who aren’t useless?

26 June 2023 11:29 pm

It’s a sign, possibly, of my increasing age and bad temper that I find myself harking back to an imaginary past in…

The idiotic campaign against Elizabeth Gilbert

19 June 2023 4:00 pm

At the end of the 1920s, Erich Maria Remarque’s novel Im Westen nichts Neues appeared in English as All Quiet…

Is Boris Johnson a great man of history?

12 June 2023 4:00 pm

Boris Johnson has always been an enthusiastic proponent of the long unfashionable ‘great man’ theory of history. As he argued…

The Schofield story is not a matter of national concern

5 June 2023 4:00 pm

I’d kind of hoped, until recently, that Phillip Schofield would not trouble my consciousness in any big way again. I had…

The price others pay for our next-day deliveries

23 May 2023 4:54 pm

When I was not more than nine or ten years old, I sent off in the post for a free poster…

Martin Amis: 1949-2023

21 May 2023 9:57 am

Over the next few days, people will be reaching for certain set phrases about Martin Amis. That he was ‘era-defining’…

Academic publishing is lazy and unethical

15 May 2023 9:44 pm

Last week witnessed the first tremors of what could be a welcome revolution: the resignation en masse of the 40-strong editorial board of NeuroImage magazine – regarded…

The glumness of King Charles

8 May 2023 3:48 pm

A detail much noted in the commentary on Saturday‘s coronation was that His Majesty decided against making his first trip…

Why don’t the Tories want to help genuine asylum seekers?

1 May 2023 5:49 pm

It’s not the genuine asylum seekers that Suella Braverman and her crew are determined to prevent reaching our shores, we are…

‘Everything is going to be turned upside down’: Michio Kaku on the new world of quantum computing

29 April 2023 9:00 am

Michio Kaku on the new world of quantum computing

How I found friendship through online Scrabble

22 April 2023 9:00 am

How I found friendship through online Scrabble

We live in a one-way shame culture

10 April 2023 5:00 pm

Anyone who has ever published a book and been dismayed by an anonymous review online will have cheered inwardly at…

Is it time to ban second jobs for MPs?

27 March 2023 4:59 pm

There are some genres of newspaper story that never die. Among them are sightings of Lord Lucan, public moralists discovered…

In praise of the dashcam citizens policing our roads

21 March 2023 12:02 am

Jeremy Bentham, thou shouldst be alive and doing a ton through the Mickleham Bends at this hour. Bentham’s great contribution to carceral theory,…

Let’s talk about sex education

13 March 2023 5:30 pm

Ah, sex education. I remember it like it was yesterday. It would have been 1987. Our entire year assembled in…

Blame, Brexit and the great tomato shortage of 2023

27 February 2023 8:18 am

It’s funny how powerful a concrete example of something can be, isn’t it? The thing that brings a situation home to…

The senseless re-editing of Roald Dahl

20 February 2023 8:09 pm

Roald Dahl was, in many respects, a horrible man. He was a narcissist, a bully, a liar, an anti-Semite, a…

It’s time for ‘reality-based’ politicians to start addressing Brexit

13 February 2023 5:42 pm

Praise be. A day or two ago, something potentially quite exciting took place in Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire. It was a two-day…

Liz Truss, Brexit and the petulant anger at reality

6 February 2023 11:45 pm

The time it takes to mount a political comeback gets shorter and shorter, doesn’t it? The last prime minister but…

Who thought the Prince Andrew sex bath picture was a good idea?

30 January 2023 6:19 pm

How big does a bath need to be for ‘sex frolicking’ to be a possibility? That’s not, if you’d asked anyone six…

The curious carefulness of Nadhim Zahawi’s ‘carelessness’

23 January 2023 7:55 pm

The cliché is that it’s scandals about sex that tend to do for Tories, and scandals about money that do…

Goldman Sachs and the culling of the surplus elites

16 January 2023 5:26 pm

Goldman Sachs laid off 3,200 employees with as little as half an hour’s notice. It will probably please the petty, pinched,…

Harry’s complete lack of self-doubt is a problem for the royal family

9 January 2023 11:33 am

Watching Prince Harry being interviewed by Tom Bradby, one thing was clear: the man is in deadly earnest. He is…

What adults don’t get about children’s books

19 December 2022 9:25 pm

Children’s writing has been having a bit of a moment over the past couple of weeks, after a conversation on social…