Alexander Chancellor

Alexander Chancellor was editor of The Spectator 1975-1984. He currently writes the Long Life column.

Alexander Chancellor: Do you think you should read this piece for free?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

I was in Nottingham last Sunday to address university students about journalism. The occasion was a one-day ‘media conference’ organised…

A dog mess or two is not too high a price to pay for an owner’s happiness

2 November 2013 9:00 am

A month ago I was reporting complacently that peace and calm had returned to Stoke Park after a series of…

'Too Fat Polka', and other politically incorrect songs of the 1940s

26 October 2013 9:00 am

When I was a child, growing up in Hertfordshire just after the second world war, my parents employed a cook…

Alexander Chancellor: Why aren't Italians angrier about Nazi atrocities?

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Given that more than 9,000 innocent Italian civilians, many of them women and children, died in Nazi massacres during the…

Alexander Chancellor: I don’t like traffic jams or lager louts but that doesn’t mean I hate Britain

12 October 2013 9:00 am

The Italians are often thought of as being unpatriotic, and one can see why. They relentlessly denigrate their national institutions,…

Good news from Alexander Chancellor’s menagerie

5 October 2013 9:00 am

There is at last good news to report on the poultry front. In the past, when I have mentioned my…

Alexander Chancellor: The Kindle is marvellous, but it cannot satisfy an addiction to books

28 September 2013 9:00 am

My brother John’s great book sale, about which I wrote on this page a couple of weeks ago, finally took…

Alexander Chancellor: It seemed a little creepy that thousands of people wanted to

21 September 2013 9:00 am

My village, Stoke Bruerne in south Northamptonshire, is just getting back to normal after a great influx of visitors for…

Alexander Chancellor: Pursued around the world by a thousand books

14 September 2013 9:00 am

It is exactly 40 years since my elder brother John gave up a successful career as a publisher to set…

Alexander Chancellor: what’s wrong with the word ‘toilet’?

7 September 2013 9:00 am

I am embarrassed not by people using ‘non-U’ expressions but by people who still care about such things

Alexander Chancellor: Why was Bradley Manning ever allowed to join the army?

31 August 2013 9:00 am

I have been puzzling about why the United States authorities ever thought that Bradley Manning, who was jailed last week…

Alexander Chancellor Why can’t we have more public toilets and fewer wheelie-bins?

24 August 2013 9:00 am

After a carefree month at my wife’s house in Tuscany — the longest summer holiday I have spent there for…

How can you be racist and Italian? Quite easily, it seems

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The Italian shop assistant accused by Oprah Winfrey of showing racial prejudice towards her in a shop in Zurich has…

Alexander Chancellor: I found the key to holiday happiness in a car park

10 August 2013 9:00 am

While sitting beside a pool under a blistering Tuscan sun, I’ve been reading an article in Corriere della Sera about…

Why don’t the Italians ask me to translate their restaurant menus?

3 August 2013 9:00 am

When we bought the farmhouse in Tuscany, where I am now, more than 40 years ago, there were only two…

The Annals of Unsolved Crime, by Edward Jay Epstein - review

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Edward Jay Epstein is an American investigative journalist, now in his late seventies, who has spent at least half a…

Romans always love a Vatican scandal. But what if this time they're right?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

The people of Rome have always liked to believe the worst of their bishop. When I was a correspondent in…

Alexander Chancellor: Seduced by a Benson & Hedges packet aged 16

20 July 2013 9:00 am

The government has done a puzzling U-turn over its plan to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. It had seemed determined…

Long life: Putin, Saatchi, Murdoch...hell hath no fury like an old man scorned

13 July 2013 9:00 am

The days may be long gone when a husband would pretend to commit adultery in a Brighton hotel so as…

Long life: The curse of the black tie

6 July 2013 9:00 am

I seem to have been steeped in opera lately. First there was Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne, then Peter Grimes…