Sam Leith

Nadar ascending aloft in his basket — in this case in his studio, recording the event for mass consumption

The first celebrity

15 July 2017 9:00 am

It’s quite a scene to imagine. A maniacal self-publicist with absurd facial hair takes off in what’s thought to be…

Diary

29 June 2017 1:00 pm

To Fortnum & Mason last week on the hottest evening of the year to present the Desmond Elliott Prize for…

Study of horses by Théodore Géricault

In praise of neigh-sayers

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Wallace Stevens gave us ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’. The German scholar Ulrich Raulff, in this meaty book…

Magic lantern slides from the mid-19th century

The game of life

18 February 2017 9:00 am

In the introduction to his new book Steven Johnson starts out by describing the ninth-century Book of Ingenious Devices and…

Magic lantern slides from the mid-19th century

The game of life

16 February 2017 3:00 pm

In the introduction to his new book Steven Johnson starts out by describing the ninth-century Book of Ingenious Devices and…

A few good books

30 July 2016 9:00 am

It is a truth universally acknowledged that whenever ITV or the BBC decides — the latter usually with charter renewal…

Smashing stuff

30 July 2016 9:00 am

‘Joe lay in bed in his mother’s house. He thought about committing suicide. Such thinking was like a metronome for…

Cervantes the seer

18 June 2016 9:00 am

William Egginton opens his book with a novelistic reimagining: here’s Miguel de Cervantes, a toothless old geezer of nearly 60,…

Diary

31 March 2016 2:00 pm

I’d like this to have been one of those Spectator diaries that gives the ordinary reader a glimpse into the…

Losing firepower

23 May 2013 1:00 pm

Man, I love the Flaming Lips. Psychedelic rock sublimity. They movingly address the deepest human concerns without a whiff of…

Losing firepower

23 May 2013 1:00 pm

Man, I love the Flaming Lips. Psychedelic rock sublimity. They movingly address the deepest human concerns without a whiff of…