Harry Mount

My letter from Harper Lee

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Avoiding publicity doesn’t stop her being sharp-eyed, curious and impeccably well-mannered. I have the evidence

'We need a new word for crisis': the view from Athens

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Its people face an uncertain and frightening future

The romance of cycling is suggested in this advertisement for Columbia Bicycles, with its quotation from ‘Lochinvar’

Bicycling: the Marmite means of transport

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Bicycles — in Britain, anyway — are the Marmite means of transport. I am among the bicycle-lovers, almost religious and…

Harry Mount’s diary: Class war with classicists and wisdom from Brian Sewell

28 March 2015 9:00 am

I never knew classicists could be so scary! Last week I wrote a Telegraph article saying classics exams had been…

Manet would recognise it: the Jardin des Tuileries

Seeing Paris through Impressionist eyes

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The spectre of the Charlie Hebdo killings still hangs over Paris. Outside the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, opposite the…

Portrait of Lord Dufferin, 1893

The first Lord Dufferin: the eclipse of a most eminent Victorian

28 February 2015 9:00 am

The first Marquess of Dufferin and Ava is largely forgotten today — rotten luck for the great diplomat of the…

Don’t mock Elvis’s style - he was ahead of the curve

28 February 2015 9:00 am

In the giftshop at the new Elvis exhibition at the Dome, you can buy your own version of his flared…

When did the advertising industry get so obsessed with swearing and innuendo?

21 February 2015 9:00 am

The advertising industry is obsessed with innuendo and dirty words

The National Trust is spoiling beautiful places in the name of people who’ll never visit them

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Why do we ruin beautiful places to make them appeal to those who’ll never visit anyway?

Ski helmets: everyone’s doing it now

The Schumacher effect: ski helmets and the grim power of celebrity

8 November 2014 9:00 am

For a melancholy example of the power of celebrity, head to the Alps. Since Michael Schumacher’s accident last December in…

It’s time to shave that beard: the decade of the hipster is over

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Take heart: the age of the stupid beard is coming to an end

Knockout lemon sorbet: Gelateria Bonaparte

Napoleon's birthplace feels more Italian than French

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Napoleon’s birthplace, Casa Buona-parte, in Ajaccio, Corsica’s capital, is pretty grand. It has high ceilings, generous, silk-lined rooms and a…

Here comes Boris! The next Tory leadership fight has just begun

9 August 2014 9:00 am

The next Tory leadership battle has just begun

How the internet can – and should – destroy estate agents

28 June 2014 9:00 am

The internet can – and should – bring it about

What made Romans LOL?

7 June 2014 9:00 am

At the beginning of The Art of Poetry, Horace tells a story that, he promises, will make anyone laugh: ‘If…

To be topp at lat., throw your Cambridge Latin Course away

3 May 2014 9:00 am

The wisest words about learning Latin were said by that gifted prep-school boy, Nigel Molesworth: ‘Actually, it is quite easy…

The German devotion to high culture is quite shaming

26 April 2014 9:00 am

The 300th anniversary of George I coming to the British throne on 1 August 1714 is big news in his…

How to buy your way into the British establishment

22 March 2014 9:00 am

What money can buy in the modern British establishment

The case against London cabbies

1 February 2014 9:00 am

It’s time to end the archaic privileges of London taxi drivers

Sir Peregrine Worsthorne

'The pure pleasure of annoying people' - Peregrine Worsthorne at 90

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Peregrine Worsthorne, at 90, on age, Thatcher, the public schools and the pleasure of annoying people

The men who demolished Victorian Britain

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Anyone with a passing interest in old British buildings must get angry at the horrors inflicted on our town centres…

Notes on… Motoring in Greece and Italy

16 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Buy on the bullets’ is the cry of the most ruthless stockbrokers — invest just before a war, after the…

Horace and Me, by Harry Eyres - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

After Zorba the Greek, here comes Horace the Roman. The peasant Zorba, you’ll remember from the film, releases uptight, genteel…