Narrative feature

Do Jews think differently?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Sixteen years into a stop-go production saga, I got a call from the director of The Song of Names with…

In praise of cultural elitism

28 September 2019 9:00 am

At present we have a series of ‘culture wars’ over a wide range of issues — race, gender, sexuality, power…

Georges Simenon, photographed in the Navigli district of Milan in the 1950s

If only Georges Simenon had been a bit more like Maigret

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Georges Simenon, creator of the sombre, pipe-smoking Paris detective Jules Maigret, pursued sex, fame and money relentlessly. By the time…

‘He had a rather melancholy face, and the air of a transplanted hidalgo’, said H.H. Asquith of John Meade Falkner.

In praise of John Meade Falkner: poet, arms-dealer and unforgettable novelist

15 December 2018 9:00 am

When H.H. Asquith, as prime minister, visited Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, during the first world war, he found a vast…

Eric Christiansen at New College in 1972

Obituary: Eric Christiansen

17 November 2016 3:00 pm

Over the past year, we have lost two names cherished by Spectator readers. Rodney Milnes, our opera critic for 20…

Photograph by Charles Sturge

Remembering P.J. Kavanagh

19 September 2015 8:00 am

OBITUARY

Remembering P.J. Kavanagh

17 September 2015 1:00 pm

‘Elms at the end of twilight are very interesting,’ wrote Gerard Manley Hopkins in his journal: ‘Against the sky they…

Photograph by Charles Sturge

Remembering P.J. Kavanagh

17 September 2015 1:00 pm

‘Elms at the end of twilight are very interesting,’ wrote Gerard Manley Hopkins in his journal: ‘Against the sky they…

Why is a fish like a bicycle? Pedro Friedeberg’s letters to Duncan Fallowell may provide a clue at last

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Duncan Fallowell on the elusive Mexican artist and man-of-letters who has been his friend and faithful correspondent over many years —  though they have never met

What’s to become of Pedro Friedeberg’s letters?

9 April 2015 1:00 pm

The year 2015 has been designated one of Anglo-Mexican amity, with celebrations planned in both countries by both governments. But…

What’s to become of Pedro Friedeberg’s letters?

9 April 2015 1:00 pm

The year 2015 has been designated one of Anglo-Mexican amity, with celebrations planned in both countries by both governments. But…

The really shocking thing about Michel Houllebecq’s Soumission — he rather likes Islam

17 January 2015 9:00 am

News of Michel Houllebecq’s Soumission caused such a stir that the book was pirated online before publication. David Sexton reports on the latest literary event in France

‘J’adore Michel’

15 January 2015 3:00 pm

Michel Houellebecq’s sixth novel, imagining an Islamic government taking power in France in 2022, has been widely assumed to be…

‘J’adore Michel’

15 January 2015 3:00 pm

Michel Houellebecq’s sixth novel, imagining an Islamic government taking power in France in 2022, has been widely assumed to be…

Juliet Townsend (1941-2014)

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Mark Amory remembers a close friend and trusted reviewer

Juliet Townsend (1941-2014)

11 December 2014 3:00 pm

A new literary editor looks among his acquaintance for potential reviewers. There was no one I approached more confidently in…

Juliet Townsend (1941-2014)

11 December 2014 3:00 pm

A new literary editor looks among his acquaintance for potential reviewers. There was no one I approached more confidently in…

The Parent Trap, familiar from various film versions, is a story by Eric Kastner, now republished with Walter Trier’s illustrations by Pushkin Books

The best children’s books of 2014

29 November 2014 9:00 am

If it’s all right with you, I’d like to launch a campaign please. Right here. You may be wanting me…

Children’s books for Christmas

27 November 2014 3:00 pm

If it’s all right with you, I’d like to launch a campaign please. Right here. You may be wanting me…

The Parent Trap, familiar from various film versions, is a story by Eric Kastner, now republished with Walter Trier’s illustrations by Pushkin Books

Children’s books for Christmas

27 November 2014 3:00 pm

If it’s all right with you, I’d like to launch a campaign please. Right here. You may be wanting me…

From Stephen Collins’s Some Comics

The 10 best loo books of 2014: why we sing so much better in the shower and what became of Queen Victoria’s children’s milk teeth

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Nancy Mitford would not call them ‘toilet books’, that’s for certain. Loo books? Lavatory books? One or two people I…

Is France now the sick man of Europe? It is if it’s taking Eric Zemmour seriously

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Graham Robb on the book currently taking France by storm

Everything is merde

20 November 2014 3:00 pm

For the Figaro journalist and TV commentator Eric Zemmour, whose Le Suicide français has been topping the bestseller lists in…

A choice of humorous books

20 November 2014 3:00 pm

Nancy Mitford would not call them ‘toilet books’, that’s for certain. Loo books? Lavatory books? One or two people I…

Everything is merde

20 November 2014 3:00 pm

For the Figaro journalist and TV commentator Eric Zemmour, whose Le Suicide français has been topping the bestseller lists in…