Rudyard Kipling

Cold War spying had much in common with the colonial era

29 June 2024 9:00 am

Influenced by Kipling’s Kim, early CIA officers combined a love of overseas adventure with a whiff of imperial paranoia, says Hugh Wilford

My clairvoyant GP

1 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Willie or bum?’ I said to Catriona on the motorway. Everything in my recent medical career has been introduced via…

Tortured youths: how childhood misery often makes for genius

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Greatness. Genius. Can you bottle it? Is there a formula? Inspired by his Radio 4 series Great Lives, Matthew Parris…

Letters: The sorry state of BBC sport

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Misplaced Trust Sir: Charles Moore is as ever bang on target (The Spectator’s Notes, 26 September). National Trust members have…

My Aunt Beryl’s zinc-lined trunk revealed extraordinary family secrets

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Bexhill-on-Sea My Aunt Beryl taught me to love books and paintings. When I’m at a loose end in London, lonely,…

The Dragon school’s bizarre decision to ban Gunga Din

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Why do schools want to erase the past?

Demystifying freemasonry

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The history of rubbish can be scholarship, but the history of scholarship is often rubbish. Hindsight diminishes earlier habits of…

Red meat and red wine: the ideal way to spend the first Sunday of Lent

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Life is far too important to be taken seriously. At least, that was the conclusion which we meandered towards as…

You won’t care it’s been done before, because it’s never been done like this: Jungle Book reviewed

16 April 2016 9:00 am

This Jungle Book is Disney’s remake of its animated classic of 1967, as beloved by all generations thereafter. Warner Bros…

The King Kong of the thriller: the phenomenal output of Edgar Wallace, once the world’s most popular author

31 January 2015 9:00 am

At the time of his death in 1932 Edgar Wallace had published some 200 books, 25 plays, 45 collections of…