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In-depth analysis of the day’s news, plus stories and gossip from Australian politics.

The folly of youth

18 June 2016 8:00 am

Let’s start with arithmetic. Edmund White’s 11th novel is a book about age and ageing. The young man of the…

Manhattan transfer

18 June 2016 8:00 am

Good historical fiction takes more than research. Henry James once said that writers needed to shed everything that made them…

Time trials

18 June 2016 8:00 am

What are ‘lost time accidents’, apart from something on building-site signs announcing hours lost to worker injuries? In this novel…

The pursuit of happiness

18 June 2016 8:00 am

There is a wonderful portrait of Kenelm Digby by Van Dyke. He is dressed in black. His hand is on…

Out of this world

18 June 2016 8:00 am

It is London in the summer of 1871. Queen Victoria has just opened the Royal Albert Hall in memory of…

Split decision

18 June 2016 8:00 am

In 1992 I wrote a column that was published under the headline ‘It’s Time to Split the Tate’. To my…

Tumultuous relationship

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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Highly illogical

18 June 2016 8:00 am

Matteo Garrone’s first English-language film is a baroque fantasy based on Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), the 17th-century collection of fairy…

Online

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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Wardrobe malfunction

18 June 2016 8:00 am

It is at the Coliseum that I have seen the most wonderful Tristan and Isoldes of my life, both of…

Cricket

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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I dream of Genie

18 June 2016 8:00 am

Gauche, perhaps, to complain about Aladdin but it slightly deserves it. The terrific Genie opens the show and then disappears…

Bernie

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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Swan upping

18 June 2016 8:00 am

Was Tamara Rojo, when she danced Swan Lake last Saturday at the Albert Hall, thinking as she shaped each phrase,…

Trump

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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My big fat Gypsy fortune

18 June 2016 8:00 am

In his latest documentary for the This World series, the Romanian film-maker Liviu Tipurita could have been forgiven for treading…

Australian letters

18 June 2016 8:00 am

The Peta principle Sir: A besotted Richard Ferguson didn’t hold back on the superlatives in his pean to Peta Credlin…

Women of substance

18 June 2016 8:00 am

Three women, three writers, three very different life experiences. On Monday afternoon the artist Fiona Graham-Mackay introduced us to Imtiaz…

Breadline

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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High life

18 June 2016 8:00 am

Marion, Baroness Lambert, was hit and killed by a London bus last month while shopping in Oxford Street, a cruel…

Stuffing

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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Low life

18 June 2016 8:00 am

Michel is one of those Frenchmen one encounters now and again whose shining saintliness is beyond rational understanding. This great…

Angel

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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Real life

18 June 2016 8:00 am

‘This EU passport is an outrage. I want a British one!’ Not my words, Cydney’s. The spaniel is coming round…

Long life

18 June 2016 8:00 am

It was 41 years ago that The Spectator first urged its readers to vote Brexit in a referendum, but the…