Ernest Hemingway

The unlikely beauty of urinals

2 November 2019 9:00 am

In 1966, just as he was becoming famous, Michael Caine met John Wayne. The Holly-wood veteran offered him some advice:…

The softer side of Hemingway

1 June 2019 9:00 am

I didn’t like it, and then I did like it. But a writer’s job is to tell the truth, as…

A biographer’s tale: beware of meeting your literary heroes

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Germaine Greer described biographers as ‘vultures’. I prefer to think of myself as a version of Philip Marlowe or Sam…

Meeting the last Cuban fisherman to have known Ernest Hemingway

7 April 2018 9:00 am

In Havana, one week before President Obama unthawed half a century of cold relations with Cuba, I talked to the…

Taki: The truth about Ernest Hemingway

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad When the snow finally stopped, the sublime, silent stars above made for dramatic viewing. Against silhouetted Alpine peaks, starry…

Why I won’t be watching Wimbledon

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Write about things you really know was the advice Papa Hemingway offered wannabe writers, so here goes: the French Open…

Blood, sand and tragedy in Papa Hemingway and Ava Gardner country

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Let’s take it from the top: Seville is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The capital of Andalusia,…

Taki, the greatest literary critic of our time, picks Fitzgerald’s greatest novel

30 May 2015 9:00 am

An operation on my hand after a karate injury has had me reading more than usual. I even attempted Don…

Out of the woods: American forces attack a German machine gun post, December 1944. The grim determination of the Allies, whose heroism kept the Germans at bay, helped pave the way for the final Russian advance on Berlin

Mud, blood and war crimes on both sides – the struggle for the Ardennes was one of the bitterest of the second world war

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Christmas Eve 1944 found thousands of Allied — mostly American — troops dug into trenches and foxholes along the Belgian…

Left to right: Piers Paul Read, Derek Marlowe, Peter Bergman and Tom Stoppard, members of Literarisches Colloquium

Before we were famous: Tom Stoppard describes sharing a bedsit in Sixties London with Derek Marlowe

2 May 2015 9:00 am

I wonder what happened to my first edition of A Dandy in Aspic. I must have been careless about lending…

A cemetery with cocktails: La Coupole and the spirit of the brasserie

4 April 2015 8:00 am

La Coupole, Montparnasse, is the grandest and most famous of the old pre-war Parisian brasseries; that is, if you have…

At 78 years of age, I can’t keep up with the young shuss-boomers any longer

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Gstaad Once upon a time clergymen saw mountain peaks as natural steeples leading them ever closer to God. Doctors considered…

We're still repeating the mistakes of the first world war

11 October 2014 9:00 am

The time-honoured saying that England’s great battles have been won on the playing fields of Eton is a lot of…

Chatting up Katherine Mansfield

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I like the New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield, who according to Virginia Woolf smelt like a civet cat and had…

Harry’s Bar, where a slice of cake costs €32 – and is worth it

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Harry’s Bar is a dull pale box. This is remarkable in Venice, which is a hospice for dying palaces, held…

From Göring to Hemingway, via Coco Chanel – the dark glamour of the Paris Ritz at war

19 April 2014 9:00 am

In Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen did a good job of showing how foolish it is to be obsessed by…

Critics can be creative - look at Malcolm Cowley

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Even Spectator book reviewers have to concede that their craft is inferior to the creative travail of authors. Henry James…

A Trip to Echo Spring, by Olivia Laing - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

The boozer’s life is one of low self-esteem and squalid self-denial. It was memorably evoked by Charles Jackson in his…

Taki: I’m on Hemingway’s boat — but there’s no bringing back the old Riviera

10 August 2013 9:00 am

 Porto Heli I am standing on the deck of a 100ft schooner that was built in Normandy in 1931 by…