Melanie McDonagh

Melanie McDonagh is a leaderwriter for the Evening Standard and Spectator contributor. Irish, living in London.

What Shami regards as right isn’t necessarily what is right

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Shami Chakrabarti, director of the civil rights group Liberty and omnipresent media personality, is on the cover of her book.…

The theatrical Constance Markewicz founded the military boy scouts, who would later staff the IRA

When Irish nationalism meant sexual adventure

18 October 2014 9:00 am

One of the easiest mistakes to make about history is to assume that the past is like the recent past,…

Ottolenghi’s tomato and pomegranate salad

Yotam Ottolenghi: the Saatchi brothers of vegetable PR

27 September 2014 8:00 am

It would be a mistake to treat Plenty More, the new cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi, merely as a collection of…

Churchgoing is good for you (even if you don’t believe in God)

21 June 2014 8:00 am

And that’s true whether or not you believe in God

‘Religieuses’ (from William and Suzue Curley’s Patisserie)

Recipe for a modern baker: first, move to Hoxton

21 June 2014 8:00 am

If I were the kind of person who invited people to come and have a bite to eat that very…

The best new children's books

7 June 2014 9:00 am

A children’s author and illustrator, Jonathan Emmet, created a stir recently by saying that women are effectively gatekeepers of children’s…

antisuffrage-poster

Did most women want the vote?

10 May 2014 9:00 am

The suffragettes’ opponents deserve to be remembered sympathetically

Paris

15 March 2014 9:00 am

No city really multitasks like Paris, shorthand for romance, culture, fashion, gastronomy and the kind of street life you find…

Secrets of Candleford: the real Flora Thompson

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Melanie McDonagh on Flora Thompson, whose revealing account of rural Oxfordshire life at the turn of the 19th century became a literary classic

Forgive me, Father

8 February 2014 9:00 am

What Catholics really talk about in the confession box

François Hollande - all the president's women

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Hollande’s affair demonstrates that the French are becoming more puritanical about monogamy

How we lost the seasons

4 January 2014 9:00 am

... for tomorrow traditional seasonal rituals may just be ghostly memories of a vanished world, says Melanie McDonagh

The best children's books for Christmas

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Animal stories for children are always tricky; as J.R.R. Tolkien observed in his essay on fairy stories, you can end…

The man who made it OK to talk about immigration

16 November 2013 9:00 am

How Professor Paul Collier has bypassed the liberal taboo on discussing immigration

Helen Fielding has lost her touch

19 October 2013 9:00 am

To understand quite how disgruntled the reviews of the latest Bridget Jones diaries have been, you have to recall quite…

Less sex please, we're British

12 October 2013 9:00 am

From Bridget Jones to prime-time telly, porn culture is now mainstream

Do women want what they say they want?

28 September 2013 9:00 am

What do women want? You might have thought the Wife of Bath had got this one sorted, but Daniel Bergner…

Why G.K. Chesterton shouldn’t be made a saint

24 August 2013 9:00 am

G.K. Chesterton was a great journalist, not an angel

Sorry – the Vikings really were that bad

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Forget that guff about peaceful farmers with an interest in travel

The Modern Peasant, by JoJo Tulloch - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

You know that something’s afoot when Lakeland says so. Lakeland is the kitchenware company which has more of a finger…

Philip Bobbitt on Machiavelli, Obama and David Cameron

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Few of today’s statesmen, says Philip Bobbitt, deserve comparison with the ‘seriously ethical’ author of The Prince