Notebook

Prue Leith: Everyone’s waiting for me to make another Bake Off gaffe

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Edinburgh is a peach of a city, is it not? Last week, I walked up to the castle on a…

If China backs Trump on North Korea he won’t like the quid pro quo

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The first election day since Donald Trump was elected president a year ago brought a funereal mood to Washington that…

Netanyahu’s triumph means a one-state Israel must soon choose democracy – or apartheid

4 November 2017 9:00 am

There are many reasons political journalists get so many things so badly wrong. One is our tendency to overvalue liberal…

Greece Notebook

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I have come to Greece in search of sanity over Brexit. Ostensibly it is a symposium to discuss relations between…

Notebook

30 September 2017 9:00 am

I’m currently dwelling on past times. I have a film coming out based on the crazy events that took place…

Close of play

23 September 2017 9:00 am

This retiring is a hectic business. When I said in June that it was going to be my last year…

Amsterdam Notebook

22 July 2017 9:00 am

When my husband and I arrived in our adored Amsterdam on a sun-drenched schoolday afternoon — less than an hour…

Notebook

29 April 2017 9:00 am

I’m an unashamed Archers fan. But for the first time in 50 years I’m exasperated by the storyline. A fortnight…

An actor’s notebook

1 April 2017 9:00 am

It is delightful to be writing for a magazine I’ve read, man and boy, since I was 15. Such is…

An actor’s notebook

1 April 2017 9:00 am

It is delightful to be writing for a magazine I’ve read, man and boy, since I was 15. Such is…

London Notebook

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The new government seems to be struggling with the logistical intricacies of removing Britain from the European Union. I can…

Japan Notebook

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Tokyo is visual chaos everywhere, the antithesis of the Japanese interior. It is a multilevel jumble of overpasses, neon signs,…

New York Notebook

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The first presidential debate was a disappointment. Half an hour into the big Trump-Clinton show on Long Island, many among…

Italian Notebook

3 September 2016 9:00 am

 Lido di Dante, Ravenna When the earthquake struck in the dead of night at 3.36 a.m. — the Devil’s Hour…

Olympic Notebook

13 August 2016 9:00 am

How strange it is to be watching the Olympic Games on television. No wonder people have such rum ideas of…

Munich notebook

6 August 2016 9:00 am

It has been a strange week in Munich; a week of deceptively cool mornings, afternoons hot enough to fry eggs…

Facebook has a special vomiting emoji for the corrupt leaders of Brazil

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Ipanema, Brazil Another Sunday night, yet another episode of Game of Thrones drowned out by pot-banging and angry folk yelling…

Cotton Belt Notebook

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Clarksdale, Mississippi, where Highway 61 crosses 49 and Robert Johnson met the Devil, who taught him the secret of the…

The gilded prisons of America’s elderly rich

12 March 2016 9:00 am

I have been driving many hundreds of miles across America, interviewing Vietnam veterans for a book. Though I have been…

Aleppo Notebook: the city’s terrorist besiegers will now be besieged

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I had been trying to get to Aleppo for ages, but was unable to do so because rebel activity had…

Ernest Shackleton and other South Georgia ghosts

30 January 2016 9:00 am

The terrible news that Henry Worsley had died just 30 miles short of crossing the Antarctic continent unsupported reached me…

Why were we going to Israel? For the winter sunshine, of course

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Morocco: if I had picked anywhere else on the Mediterranean for a family holiday, at…

America notebook: How Donald Trump is destroying the Republican party

16 January 2016 9:00 am

I am writing on the morning that President Obama is to deliver his last State of the Union address. You,…

Voices from Benghazi: ‘We have lived through the worst five years’

2 January 2016 9:00 am

In their interview in the Christmas edition of The Spectator, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth asked the Prime Minister whether…

What koalas and Lib Dems have in common

12 December 2015 9:00 am

 Margaret River, Western Australia I’m here for a food festival, and to help along my autobiography. The Blonde had cashed…