William Cook

The very American heroism of Todd Beamer

12 September 2021 8:15 am

Twenty years ago today, on the morning of 11 September 2001, 32-year-old Todd Beamer boarded a United Airlines flight at Newark,…

The Vienna attack is a bitter blow for Sebastian Kurz

3 November 2020 11:50 pm

With Austria’s latest Covid lockdown due to begin at midnight, Viennese citizens were enjoying a final night of freedom. And…

Never a dull sentence: the journalism of Harry Perry Robinson

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Is Boris Johnson a fan of Harry Perry Robinson? If he isn’t, he really ought to be. Reading this absorbing…

Online chess is the ultimate lockdown sport

4 July 2020 9:00 am

How have you been filling these listless homebound hours we’ve been given by the government? I’ve been frittering them away…

This crisis could be the catalyst for a golden age of British theatre

13 June 2020 9:00 am

The coronavirus crisis offers theatre a golden opportunity to break free of the structures that have held it back for years, says William Cook

Germans can laugh at Fawlty Towers, so why can't Brits?

13 June 2020 12:05 am

Now UKTV (owned by the BBC) has removed the classic ‘Germans’ episode of Fawlty Towers from its playlist, this sorry…

I’m walking round Britain – in my back garden

11 April 2020 9:00 am

What’s the best way to keep in shape during the lockdown? That’s the First World problem I’ve been using to…

Welder, banjo player, comedian, actor, and now artist – Billy Connolly interviewed

11 April 2020 9:00 am

William Cook talks to Billy Connolly – welder, banjo player, comedian, actor, and now artist – about growing up in Glasgow, ditching the mike stand and living with Parkinson’s

Isolation forces us to work out what really matters

28 March 2020 9:00 am

In tough times, people often discover their dauntlessness

Is there any better place for an EU-subsidised arts festival than Galway?

7 March 2020 9:00 am

I was still digesting my delicious breakfast (kippers, poached eggs and soda bread — all local) when the sad news…

Is St Edmund’s body buried beneath a Suffolk tennis court?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Here in St Edmundsbury cathedral, a bunch of clerics and local bigwigs are preparing for a most unusual anniversary. Throughout…

Tsar quality: the charm of Tbilisi

14 December 2019 9:00 am

‘These regions are not under the control of the central government,’ reads a warning on a map of Georgia in…

The Grand Union Canal, a serene sanctuary amid the urban sprawl

26 October 2019 9:00 am

It was a Saturday afternoon in September, the end of summer, and I was feeling sorry for myself. I’d gone…

A bridge to the past: Tintagel’s complex history

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Halfway across the brand new bridge that links the two halves of Tintagel Castle, there’s a gap where you can…

Alexander Waugh is the Brexit party’s most illustrious candidate

15 August 2019 8:06 pm

At the next General Election, the lucky constituents of Bridgwater and West Somerset will find an illustrious name on their…

Windermere, a voyage into Swallows and Amazons

11 May 2019 9:00 am

‘A love of boats and sailing is the surest of all passports to a happy life,’ wrote Arthur Ransome. Standing…

Preparing to ride up Warren Hill

Newmarket, where the fastest horses in the world thunder past

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Standing on Warren Hill in the morning mist, watching Britain’s finest thoroughbreds thunder past, you realise what makes Newmarket so…

Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund’s star player (Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/DFL via Getty Imag-es)

I watched Jadon Sancho grow up. That’s why I know he’s Britain’s next footballing megastar

9 March 2019 9:00 am

How much is Jadon Sancho worth? Fifty million? A hundred million? As the speculation mounts, the numbers keep growing. Jadon…

Constable’s ‘The Hay Wain’ (1821)

In Constable’s ascension, Jesus just looks quite awkward

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Constable painted only three religious paintings, and when you see the one in St Mary’s Church in Dedham you realise…

Auberon Waugh when standing for the Dog Lovers’ Party against Jeremy Thorpe in the 1979 general election. Credit: Getty Images

Auberon Waugh — a demon on the page, an angel off it

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Auberon Waugh was happy to admit that most journalism is merely tomorrow’s chip paper but, of all the journalists of…

The Church of Sant’Antonio Nuovo at the end of the Grand Canal

Beautiful untamed Trieste, aka the Capital of Nowhere

5 January 2019 9:00 am

‘Welcome to the free territory of Trieste,’ reads the sign in the shop window. ‘US and UK come back!’ For…

Kurt Eisner and friends plan a brave new world. Credit. Getty Images

Dreams of utopia before the Nazi nightmare

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Today Munich is a prosperous and peaceful place — Germany’s most affluent, attractive city. Wandering its leafy avenues, lined with…

From dirty old town... to New Age nirvana

The Yorkshire town that’s gone from dirty old buildings to New Age nirvana

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Bernard Ingham once told a story about a reporter from the Financial Times who went to cover an election in…

In name only: Hastings’ beautiful Old Town

Hastings is pretty – but it’s the people who make it special

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Kevin Boorman loves Hastings, and his enthusiasm is infectious. He was born here, he’s lived here all his life and…

The great outdoors is a short walk from your front door

30 June 2018 9:00 am

When I read about the author on the flyleaf of this book, I must admit my heart sank: ‘Tristan has…