Books

Beautiful landscape in Norther part of India

Up where the air is clear

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Robert Twigger’s father was born in a Himalayan hill resort and carried to school in a sedan chair. His son,…

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Evgeny Lebedev: Organising my theatre awards makes Brexit look easy

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The new government seems to be struggling with the logistical intricacies of removing Britain from the European Union. I can…

Letter from the Caribbean #2

18 November 2016 3:08 am

Jonathan Ray gets his head around how to create the perfect rum cocktail. I’ve lost count of the number of…

Letter from the Caribbean #1

18 November 2016 2:59 am

Jonathan Ray gets a taste for rum but knows when it’s time to stop. Excitement in the Caribbean concerning Prince…

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How to solve the engineering skills crisis

16 November 2016 3:00 pm

UK engineering is facing an insidious threat to its success – a chronic failure to get enough young people to…

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Worse than Big Brother

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The California novelist T.C. Boyle has often taken true stories and created alternative histories, from John Harvey Kellog and the…

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No one turned a hair

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The Benson family was one of the most extraordinary of Victorian England, and they certainly made sure that we have…

The Siege of San Sebastian

A very special relationship

12 November 2016 9:00 am

You learn startling things about the long entanglement of the British with Spain on every page of Simon Courtauld’s absorbing…

Spitalfields

Fine silks and fiery curries

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Genial, erudite and companionable over most of its 760 pages, this stout Georgian brick of a neighbourhood history at length…

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Weird and wonderful

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The Un-Discovered Islands could not be more different in substance — though it is similar in style — to Malachy…

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Between pony club and the altar

12 November 2016 9:00 am

If you were to take a large dragnet and scoop up all the shoppers in the haberdashery department of Peter…

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Figures in a landscape

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Timothy Hyman’s remarkable new book makes the case for the relevance of figurative painting in the 20th century, a period…

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Soldiers of the Queen

12 November 2016 9:00 am

It’s not immediately obvious, but the silhouette on the dust jacket — soldiers advancing in single file, on foot (‘boots…

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The milk of human kindness

12 November 2016 9:00 am

One of David Cameron’s choices on Desert Island Discs, this book reminds us, was ‘Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the…

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Surreal parables

12 November 2016 9:00 am

There is a common assumption that experimental writing — for want of a better term — is obscure, joyless and…

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Books of the year

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Craig Raine   Philip Hancock’s pamphlet of poems Just Help Yourself (Smiths Knoll, £5): charming, authentic, trim reports from the…

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Cover 12 November 2016

10 November 2016 3:00 pm

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Blind tasting

10 November 2016 12:10 am

In my line of work, I’m lucky enough to go to a lot of wine tastings – press tastings that…

Email Marketing Manager

5 November 2016 10:44 am

Job description An exciting new role has emerged at The Spectator magazine, one of the UK’s oldest, yet rapidly growing…

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Divinely decadent

5 November 2016 9:00 am

‘Oh the Mediterranean addiction, how we fall for it!’ So sighed Sybille Bedford, who spent the 1920s and 1930s in…

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Magnetic and repellent

5 November 2016 9:00 am

When he first came to public notice, Rasputin was described in a Russian newspaper as ‘a symbol. He is not…

When greed became good

5 November 2016 9:00 am

We financial hacks have been encouraged, indoctrinated perhaps, to think that London’s Big Bang was a Very Good Thing. That…

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Blithe spirit

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Lady Anne Barnard is a name that means almost nothing today, but her story is a remarkable one. She defied…

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Deadlier than the male

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Teenage girls all over the world have suddenly developed electro-magnetic powers that can be unleashed on anybody who bugs them.…

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Intimations of immortality

5 November 2016 9:00 am

A preoccupation with death is felt from the start of Margaret Drabble’s new novel, which opens with Francesca Stubbs, in…