Rushdie on how the best magical realism transcends fantasy

22 June 2024 9:00 am

Ask the man in the street to quote a line from one of Salman Rushdie’s novels, and he might struggle.…

Why I self-publish my books

13 January 2024 9:00 am

‘You cannot begin by calling me France’s most famous living artist!’: Sophie Calle interviewed

4 November 2023 9:00 am

‘You cannot begin by calling me France’s most famous living artist!’ Thus Sophie Calle objected to the first line of…

Comedy of the blackest kind: Boy Parts, at Soho Theatre, reviewed

4 November 2023 9:00 am

There’s something mesmerising about watching a good mimic. And Aimée Kelly, who plays fetish photographer Irina Sturges in Soho Theatre’s…

On the trail of Roman Turkey with Don McCullin

19 August 2023 9:00 am

Barnaby Rogerson on how his collaboration with a great photographer has brought the ancient world very close

Don’t cancel Beatrix Potter

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Don’t cancel Beatrix Potter

In praise of goths – the most enduring of pop subcultures

27 May 2023 9:00 am

Michael Hann on the most enduring of pop subcultures

The rewriting of Roald Dahl is an act of cultural vandalism

19 February 2023 9:57 pm

The vandals have come for Roald Dahl. His books for children are to be cleansed of their ‘offensive’ content. Sensitivity…

The art of menus

1 October 2022 9:00 am

Jonathan Meades on the art of menus

I’m on Andrew Doyle’s side – for now

1 October 2022 9:00 am

I’ve agreed to interview the author and journalist Andrew Doyle about his new book at the Conservative party conference –…

What young Ukrainians will learn from reading Joseph Roth

3 September 2022 9:00 am

Joseph Roth’s writing about interwar Europe speaks to present-day Ukraine

Salman Rushdie overcame his fear

13 August 2022 8:13 pm

After Ayatollah Khomeini ordered Muslims to kill him for publishing The Satanic Verses in 1989, Julian Barnes gave Salman Rushdie…

What we can all learn from Jim Corbett’s tiger tales

6 August 2022 9:00 am

What we can learn from Jim Corbett’s big-cat tales

The perfect pairing of books and wine

28 May 2022 9:00 am

In the West End of London there is an alley which insinuates its way between the Charing Cross Road and…

The endless tiny errors of the NHS

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I wrote recently elsewhere about Jeremy Hunt’s good new book examining unnecessary deaths in the NHS. Someone should write a…

My Sally Rooney conversion

15 May 2022 4:00 pm

I tried to dislike the writing of Sally Rooney. But I failed. I retain some resistance to Sally Rooney the…

‘I came, I saw, I scribbled’: Shane MacGowan on Bob Dylan, angels and his lifelong love of art

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Graeme Thomson talks to former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan about his first art folio

The chief characteristic so far has been nervousness: Chivalry reviewed

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Chivalry – written by and starring Sarah Solemani and Steve Coogan – is a comedy drama about post-#MeToo Hollywood life.…

A wonderfully unguarded podcast about the last bohemians

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Ordinarily, if a podcast purports to be revelatory, you can assume it is anything but. There’s a glut of programmes…

The cult of sensitivity

23 April 2022 9:00 am

I was extra pleased to have swerved the modern curse that is Wordle when I read that ‘sensitive’ words have…

The books that made me who I am

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Gstaad This is my last week in the Alps and I’m trying to get it all in – skiing, cross-country,…

Some of the best social commentary around: Celebrity Book Club with Steven & Lily reviewed

5 March 2022 9:00 am

When I was ten years old I had a babysitter who was a beautiful graduate student at an Ivy League…

In praise of the Dome

26 February 2022 9:00 am

We should learn to love our turn-of-the-millennium architecture, says Helen Barrett, starting with the Dome

Why don't I come with a trigger warning?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Last week brought the news that some universities have attached more ‘trigger warnings’ to certain books, concerned that students may…