Books

What does Ronan Farrow want next?

25 May 2018 8:12 pm

The ‘Hollywood prince who torched the castle’ is to this decade what Samantha Power was to the last.

Spectator Books: Behold, America

25 May 2018 11:01 am

Is the “American Dream”, as Donald Trump claims, dead? Is “America First” a policy of national pride or a dogwhistle…

The sex-mad genius of Philip Roth

23 May 2018 12:12 pm

A few years ago I asked Martin Amis about Philip Roth. “All his dildos,” he replied, “he’s not letting it…

A violent ultimatum ended Giacometti’s brief flirtation with Marlene Dietrich

17 May 2018 7:55 pm

The artist’s jealous mistress threatened him with the Montparnasse Mob if he took things further, according to Desmond Morris

The Battle of Arnhem wasn’t doomed from the start. It might even have been a risk worth taking

17 May 2018 7:50 pm

The prize was beyond price, and the operation very nearly succeeded. General Sir Mike Jackson examines the ‘what ifs’

The stubborn old Hanoverians saw new Gunpowder Plots everywhere

17 May 2018 7:26 pm

Even after Emancipation, anti-Catholic prejudice was entrenched in the monarchy, right up to the coronation of George V

Why I’ll miss my friend Tom Wolfe

16 May 2018 12:58 pm

To some, Tom Wolfe’s death might seem a greater loss for readers on the right wing of American culture and…

Might LSD be good for you?

10 May 2018 12:47 pm

When Peregrine Worsthorne was on Desert Island Discs in 1992, he chose as his luxury item a lifetime supply of…

The Wallis Simpson I knew – by Nicky Haslam

10 May 2018 12:46 pm

One would have thought this particular can of worms might, after nearly 80 years, be well past its sell-by date.…

Who needs Jordan Peterson when we have Ferdinand Mount?

5 May 2018 10:17 am

You will by now doubtless be familiar with the University of Toronto academic Jordan Peterson. He’s the unlikely YouTube star…

Enduring life under Chairman Mao

3 May 2018 7:26 pm

Rao Pingru is 94, and a born storyteller. His gripping graphic narrative weaves in and out of the violent, disruptive…

The futile gang wars of New York

3 May 2018 7:18 pm

I’ve interviewed a lot of rappers over the years and always feel a little grimy when I find myself nudging…

From Stalin’s poetry to Saddam’s romances: the terrible prose of tyrants

26 April 2018 7:42 pm

‘Reading makes the world better. It is how humans merge. How minds connect… Reading is love in action.’ Those are…

The most bizarre museum heist ever

26 April 2018 7:31 pm

They don’t look like a natural pair. First there’s the author, Kirk Wallace Johnson, a hero of America’s war in…

The tragedy of Syria: how protest spiralled into savagery

26 April 2018 7:23 pm

The fateful day five years ago began like any other for the family. A pot of black tea with cardamon…

The changing face of war and heroism

13 April 2018 11:55 am

On War and Writing by Samuel Hynes is hardly about war at all. There is little about combat here, or…

A hymn to self-loathing: Tibor Fischer’s How to Rule the World reviewed

13 April 2018 11:55 am

Tibor Fischer has a track record with humour. His first novel, the Booker shortlisted Under the Frog, takes its title…

Give me Shakespeare’s Macbeth over Jo Nesbo’s any day

13 April 2018 11:55 am

It must have seemed a good idea to someone: commissioning a range of well-known novelists to ‘reimagine Shakespeare’s plays for…

The enduring enigma of Nefertiti

5 April 2018 10:55 am

Often dubbed the Mona Lisa of the ancient world, the bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti is as immediately recognisable…

1968 and the summer of our discontent

5 April 2018 10:52 am

’68 will do as shorthand. Most of ’68, as it were, didn’t happen in 1968. It was, at most, the…

Why do the Japanese despise sex?

5 April 2018 10:51 am

There are two sorts of people: those who can’t wait to grow up, and those who wish they never had…

How Christianity saw off its rivals and became the universal church

30 March 2018 3:47 pm

It thrived by killing off the opposition, says Bart Ehrman. But it also appealed to Rome’s enslaved masses

Are the French right to be obsessed with their Gaulish ancestry?

30 March 2018 3:38 pm

In Cultural Dementia, David Andress argues that if the West loses its sense of history it risks losing everything

Who knew that Arabic has more than 30 words for wine?

30 March 2018 3:31 pm

You know you’re in good hands when the dedication reads: ‘To the writers, drinkers and freethinkers of the Arab and…

The Raven – bird of ill omen

22 March 2018 5:16 pm

With bird books the more personal the better. Joe Shute was once a crime correspondent and is today a Telegraph…