We have lost an unforgettable teacher and one of the greatest living critics

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Tanner, the critic RICHARD BRATBY Michael Tanner (1935-2024), who died earlier this month, had such a vital mind and stood…

Death of a choir

30 March 2024 9:00 am

Lord Byron had many faults, but writing dull letters wasn’t one of them

17 February 2024 9:00 am

Andrew Stauffer traces the poet’s tumultuous life through some of the most remarkable missives in the English language

Cheerful meanderings: Caret, by Adam Mars-Jones, reviewed

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Now established in Cambridge, John Cromer embarks on a whirlwind of small adventures, testing our patience, if not our sympathy, with his extensive digressions

Frederic Raphael settles old scores with a vengeance

8 July 2023 9:00 am

The nonagenarian’s critical faculties are as sharp as ever in these imaginary letters addressed to Kingsley Amis, Jonathan Miller, Doris Lessing and many others

Jim Ede and the glories of Kettle’s Yard

13 May 2023 9:00 am

Honor Clerk celebrates Jim Ede and his matchless collection at Kettle’s Yard

Shame should not be heritable

1 October 2022 9:00 am

Vice-chancellor Stephen Toope claims it was ‘inevitable’ that a university ‘as long-established as Cambridge’ would have links to slavery. Now…

The culture wars have crept into Oxbridge admissions

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The negative discrimination of Oxbridge admissions

Prince Charles and a living history lesson

14 May 2022 9:00 am

When I was a lobby journalist, I never went to the State Opening of Parliament. I much regret it, because…

Why Falklanders should fear China

12 February 2022 9:00 am

In a lecture I recently gave to mark the approaching 40th anniversary of the Falklands War, one of the questions…

The CCP training programme at the heart of Cambridge

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The cosy links between Cambridge and the CCP

Is Putin the reason my house is so cold?

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Justin Webb is normally one of the least self-righteous BBC presenters, but he was out-Maitlising rivals on the Today programme…

Is Cambridge university ashamed of Winston Churchill?

26 October 2021 5:00 pm

When I first started at Churchill College, Cambridge, I was proud that I had joined an institution whose very existence…

The legacy of Stephen Toope

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, has begun this academic year by announcing it will be his last in the…

How the ancients showed their true colours

4 September 2021 9:00 am

In the 18th century, art historians’ admiration for the beauty of white-ish ancient Greek marble statuary led people to draw…

What Dominic Cummings gets wrong

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Anyone who thinks Boris Johnson lacks statecraft should pay attention to Dominic Cummings’s attacks on him. They often to seem…

Letters: How to save Cambridge’s reputation

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Save the parish Sir: The Revd Marcus Walker eloquently describes the crisis that has taken hold in the Church of…

Should trains have mask and non-mask carriages?

10 July 2021 9:00 am

In deciding whether or not to wear a mask after 19 July, I am sure Boris Johnson is right that…

Cambridge deserves better than Stephen Toope

18 June 2021 2:26 am

Regular readers may be aware that in recent months I have been having a running-spat with a Canadian lawyer called…

The first step towards restoring the National Trust

29 May 2021 9:00 am

It is poetically fitting that the resignation of the chairman of the National Trust, Tim Parker, was announced on the…

The first Cambridge spy: A Fine Madness, by Alan Judd, reviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

For his 15th novel, the espionage writer Alan Judd turns his hand to the mystery of Christopher Marlowe’s death. The…

Why is going to Oxford being held against me?

13 March 2021 5:45 pm

Should going to Oxford be held against you? In my experience, some employers think it should. A month before the…

The campus Churchill delusion

27 February 2021 6:15 pm

Was Winston Churchill a racist? For students like me who attended Churchill College, Cambridge, it’s a question which barely even…