Journalism

The joy of hanging out with artists

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Lynn Barber finds painters and sculptors easily the most congenial people to interview - despite having received a death threat from the Chapman brothers

There are three sides to every story

13 April 2024 9:00 am

The psychologist Daniel Kahneman, who died last month aged 90, was perhaps most famous for his dictum that: ‘Nothing in…

A mother-daughter love story

17 February 2024 9:00 am

In her latest memoir, Leslie Jamison describes her pregnancy, experience of childbirth and devotion to her baby, returning repeatedly to the dilemmas of a working mother

Literary fun and games

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Academic jargon, back-scratching and literary scandals were all ripe for treatment in the long-running N.B. by J.C. column – now available in a glorious miscellany

Jan Morris’s ‘national treasure’ status is misleading

8 October 2022 9:00 am

Almost two years after the death of Jan Morris, the jaunty travel writer and pioneer of modern gender transition, her…

A.N. Wilson has many regrets

10 September 2022 9:00 am

‘Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults.’ A.N. Wilson seems, on the surface, to have taken to heart…

There’s no such thing as an ‘ordinary Russian’

8 August 2022 5:25 pm

There was a whiteboard in the BBC Baghdad bureau for noting down phrases we hoped to ban from the airwaves.…

The price of courage: On Java Road, by Lawrence Osborne, reviewed

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Lawrence Osborne’s novels are easy to admire. They tend to deal with characters trapped in morally questionable situations and their…

Fascinating exhibitions – clunky editorialising: Breaking the News at the British Library reviewed

7 May 2022 9:00 am

In The Spectator office’s toilets there are framed front covers of the events that didn’t happen: Corbyn beats Boris; ‘Here’s…

In praise of amateurs

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Two weeks ago in St Moritz I ran into both Nicolas Niarchos and Nikolai von Bismarck, two talented young men…

Mexico is no country for journalists

26 February 2022 9:00 am

I’m writing this on my last day in Mexico City, having accompanied my 18-year-old daughter here for the first week…

Why we still need the BBC

22 January 2022 9:00 am

The BBC must ask itself if Nadine Dorries has a point

Anthony Holden is nostalgic for journalism’s good old bad old days

27 November 2021 9:00 am

After a career spanning 50 years, 40 books and about a million parties, Anthony Holden has written a memoir. Based…

The stories that are too good to check

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Last weekend, Rolling Stone ran a story about an interview an emergency room doctor had given to a local news…

A brief history of harlots

17 July 2021 9:00 am

I write this as a follow-up to last week’s essay on muzzling after making whoopee. I’m on my way to…

How I missed the Matt Hancock story

3 July 2021 9:00 am

How I missed the Hancock story

What would ‘sensitivity readers’ have made of my student scoops?

26 June 2021 9:00 am

‘Whatever you do, don’t call them snowflakes,’ Caroline said the last time I spoke to Oxford students. ‘That’s not a…

The Sun goes down

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Where did it all go wrong for the Sun?

Out-scooping the men: six women reporters of the second world war

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Two war correspondents were hitching a lift towards Paris in August 1944 when a sudden wave of German bombers forced…

The problem with Equity’s anti-racism guidelines

1 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Rouse tempers, goad and lacerate, raise whirlwinds.’ Those were the words that Kenneth Tynan, the most celebrated drama critic of…

One of the lucky ones: Hella Pick escapes Nazi Germany

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Hella Pick is one of that vanishing generation of Jewish refugees who arrived in Britain on the eve of the…

The dangers of televising lobby briefings

13 March 2021 9:00 am

The dangers of televising lobby briefings

Joan Didion’s needle-sharp eye never fails

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Most collections of journalism are bad. There are two reasons for this: one is that they are usually incoherent and…

Watch: Boris on the problem with journalists

24 February 2021 12:02 am

What’s the phrase? Poacher turned gamekeeper? Boris Johnson was once the arch poacher — a journalist at the Telegraph before taking on the editorship…