The Duckingstool by Charles Stanley Reinhart

Bewitching stuff

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Richard Francis’s new novel covers ostensibly familiar ground. Set in and around Boston in the 1690s, it tells the story…


When the music changes

5 November 2016 9:00 am

In 2011 the New York Times’s chief dance critic, Alastair Macaulay, asked: How should we react today to ‘Bojangles of…

November Wine Club I

5 November 2016 2:17 am

Start your festive stockpiling right here, right now. Why wait until the week before Christmas to buy Berrys’ scrumptious own…


Post-election discussion

5 November 2016 2:13 am

After the American people have voted, what next for the US and the rest of the world? Join Sir Christopher…


Christmas cartoon offer

5 November 2016 2:11 am

Purchase a Spectator cartoon now to receive free framing in time for Christmas. Enter FRAME16 at checkout for your free…


Festive Wine lunch II

5 November 2016 2:07 am

Owing to overwhelming demand our business editor, Martin Vander Weyer, and our drinks editor, Jonathan Ray, will be hosting a…


Private view

5 November 2016 2:04 am

The Spectator invites you to a private breakfast view of Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy of Arts on 26…


Winemaker’s dinner

5 November 2016 2:00 am

Join us for a Spectator dinner featuring the wines of Armand de Brignac, a much-talked-about champagne house. Emilien Boutillat will…

Beef hanging

Meaty matters

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I’m writing this in the Highlands. Through the window I can see Loch Maree, being ruffled into white-tipped skirls by…

Downing Street Prepares For Cabinet Reshuffle

A big beast in Hush Puppies

29 October 2016 9:00 am

It always used to be said that, if it had been up to Guardian readers, Ken Clarke would certainly have…

TB Sanatorium

TB or not to be

29 October 2016 9:00 am

If you are 70-plus, the shadow of TB will have hung over your childhood and youth, as it did mine,…


A tale of two prisons

29 October 2016 9:00 am

The Marshalsea was the best and worst place for a debtor to be imprisoned. From 1438 until its closure in…


A race apart

29 October 2016 9:00 am

South African democracy has not, on the whole, been kind to the Afrikaner. During Nelson Mandela’s benign oversight of the…

UK - Wales - Writer and historian Jan Morris

Tormented genius

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Married as I am to an antiquarian book dealer, and living in a house infested with books and manuscripts, I’m…

Sea Ice

Shiver me timbers

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Brrrrr, this is a chilly book. Each time a character put on his sealskin kamiks, muskrat hat, wolfskin mittens and…


Highly undesirable

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Most of us just live in cities, or travel to see them and take them pretty much as they come,…


Fierce indignation

29 October 2016 9:00 am

In an autobiographical note written late in his life, Jonathan Swift set down an astonishing anecdote from his childhood. When…


The great Soviet gameshow

29 October 2016 9:00 am

In the opening chapter of her history of Soviet Central Television, Christine E. Evans observes two Russian televisual displays of…

Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine

29 October 2016 1:13 am

We had a fine party at 67 Pall Mall last night to launch the new edition of Simon Hoggart’s Life’s…


Intoxicated with ink

22 October 2016 9:00 am

One of the charms and shortcomings of biography is that it makes perfectly normal situations sound extraordinary. According to Michel…


A bit player in the great drama

22 October 2016 9:00 am

There’s a glorious scene in Astrid Lindgren’s first Pippi Longstocking book in which her fearless, freckled heroine strides to the…


A matter of life and death

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Shades of The Master and Margarita haunt Rabih Alameddine’s sixth book, in which Jacob, a Yemeni-born poet with a day…

Rugged coast under the night sky.

Time is of the essence

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Christopher Priest, now 73, has been quietly turning out oddly mesmerising fiction for nearly half a century but, like the…


The passionate patriot

22 October 2016 9:00 am

To anyone complaining that American politics in 2016 is uncivil, consider this: in 1804, the vice president of the United…

Kenneth Clark

Special K

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Our collective attention spans may not be as short as is widely cited, but they are pretty short. Take the…