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Is this the American Houellebecq?

3 December 2016 9:00 am

I Hate the Internet is not so much a novel as a wildly entertaining rant. Jarett Kobek is a self-published…


When reasoning goes wrong

3 December 2016 9:00 am

It’s the intellectual bromance of the last century. Two psychologists — Danny, a Holocaust kid and adviser to the Israel…


Review: Dinner with Armand de Brignac

30 November 2016 10:08 pm

A fine time was had by all at the Dickie Fitz Restaurant and Dining Room in London W1 the other…


Restaurateur Gavin Rankin enjoys a gastronomic trip to Belgium

30 November 2016 4:35 am

Restaurateur Gavin Rankin enjoys a gastronomic trip to Belgium but wishes travelling companion, chef Rowley Leigh, had kept his mouth…


Falling out with Love

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Volcanic fallings out within bands are an ever-recurring motif in the history of rock music. There’s an obvious reason for…


A choice of art books

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Suitably for a year so full of cataclysms and disturbing portents, 2016 is the quincentenary of the death of Hieronymus…

"San Andreas" - UK Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals

Pandora’s box

26 November 2016 9:00 am

While I’ve read plenty of books worse than Television: A Biography, I can’t immediately think of any that were more…

PET-CT sagittal scan of the brain

Blackouts and white coats

26 November 2016 9:00 am

In the cult Steve Martin film The Man With Two Brains, a doctor falls in love with a surgically removed…


A mystery, even to herself

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Armed with their tiny Leicas and Nikons, most of the great postwar ‘street’ photographers liked to be unobtrusive; they wanted…

Alan Moore Portrait Shoot, London

Heaven, hell and Northampton

26 November 2016 9:00 am

A century ago, Sir Hubert Parry set Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’ to music. The lyric had been written 100 years earlier and…


Christmas cookbooks

26 November 2016 9:00 am

New books by Raymond Blanc and Pierre Koffmann retell the truth that British food came back from the brink. If…

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Joking apart

26 November 2016 9:00 am

A horse walks into a bar.… David Grossman takes the opening line of an old joke for his title, which…


For king and countryside

26 November 2016 9:00 am

In July 1915 the poet Edward Thomas enlisted as a soldier with the Artists’ Rifles, even though, at the age…


Atlas shrugs

26 November 2016 9:00 am

In his Forward Prize-winning collection of 2014, A Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, Kei Miller’s hero describes…


Skin in the game

24 November 2016 3:00 pm

Terry Smith is in the news again. Not for being a Brexiteer — though he’s been committed to that cause…

Mount Gay Rum

22 November 2016 10:38 pm

Jonathan Ray visits the oldest rum distillery in the world and gets his hands dirty blending My travels round the…


The Joy of Chocolate

22 November 2016 10:29 pm

In Grenada, Jonathan Ray attempts to extend his life by eating plenty of dark chocolate. I’m in the House of…


Obituary: Eric Christiansen

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Over the past year, we have lost two names cherished by Spectator readers. Rodney Milnes, our opera critic for 20…

zodiacal clock in Bern

Secrets of the universe

19 November 2016 9:00 am

A few years ago, in Berne, I visited the apartment where Einstein wrote his theory of special relativity, which changed…


Full steam ahead

19 November 2016 9:00 am

To write, and indeed to read, a history of considerable range, both in terms of chronology and of subject matter,…


A fateful squiggle on the map

19 November 2016 9:00 am

When turbaned warriors from Daesh (or Isis) advanced on Raqqa in Syria two years ago, they whooped wildly about having…

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In life divided

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The ten pallbearers at Thomas Hardy’s funeral in Westminster Abbey on 16 January 1928 included Kipling, Barrie, Housman, Gosse, Galsworthy,…


Christmas stocking fillers

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The gift books come in all shapes and sizes this year: big, little, tiny, huge, long, short, fat and thin,…

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2012 - Portraits

Things fall apart

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Ali Smith is that rare thing in Britain: a much-beloved experimental writer. Part of her attraction for readers is that…

Man sitting under The Milky Way Galaxy

A choice of first novels

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Constellation by Adrien Bosc (Serpent’s Tail, £12.99) picks nimbly along the divide between fiction and non-fiction. It’s really a speculative…