Books

Max Hastings’s diary: How sporting tourists play into Nicola Sturgeon’s hands

12 September 2015 9:00 am

During our annual odyssey around the Scottish Highlands, I read Tears of the Rajas, Ferdinand Mount’s eloquent indictment of imperial…

Novel romance: Richard Madden as Mellors and Holliday Grainger as Constance Chatterley

Guns, tools and toffee apples - but no nudity: BBC1’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover reviewed

12 September 2015 9:00 am

It’s hard to know whether the actor James Norton was being naive or disingenuous when he claimed in publicity interviews…

Tristram Hunt’s diary: The rainy glories of Devon – and a cold political climate

5 September 2015 9:00 am

‘Devon, Devon, Devon/ Where it rains six days out of seven.’ Nothing beats a British seaside holiday. And north Devon…

Warning! Can seriously damage your health

The contagious madness of the new PC

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Obsessive searching for hurt and offence will create it where once it never existed

Oh no: On the Road’s a masterpiece. So what else have I missed?

29 August 2015 9:00 am

This week’s column is dedicated to all those of you who have never read Catcher in the Rye and who,…

‘Doorways to the unknown’: Clive James’s Latest Readings

22 August 2015 9:00 am

In the preface to his great collection of essays The Dyer’s Hand, W.H. Auden claimed: ‘I prefer a critic’s notebooks…

‘I was facing truths I didn’t particularly want to look at’: Michael Moorcock interview

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Cult novelist Michael Moorcock on fantasy, his father, and the London he loved and lost

Road rage and hot air balloons: Jessie Burton’s diary

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The week starts well. My debut novel, The Miniaturist, is a year old. On the anniversary of its publication, my…

London shouting: The Clash at the ICA, 1976

Why plotting a sound map of London is impossible

18 July 2015 9:00 am

It’s easy to tag the city’s terrain by writer. But what, wonders Philip Clark, might a map of its music look like?

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

Rachel Johnson’s diary: Why I told my book party I was coming out as a lesbian

27 June 2015 9:00 am

My husband says I only write books in order to have a launch party. Not so. I also write books…

James Runcie’s diary: A Willie’s shock at the SNP

9 May 2015 9:00 am

I am writing a play about Dr Johnson and his Dictionary. It will be performed in Scotland later this year.…

I know just the vicar for my parish church. Pity he’s fictional

21 March 2015 9:00 am

I know just the man my parish church needs. Unfortunately he’s Catholic – and fictional

The lost words of John Aubrey, from apricate to scobberlotcher

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Hilary Spurling found a certain blunting of the irregularities of John Aubrey’s language in Ruth Scurr’s vicarious autobiography of the…

Jeffrey Archer’s diary: a pirate at the traffic lights, and other Indian wonders

14 March 2015 9:00 am

This last week, in India, I visited six cities in seven days: Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta and New Delhi.…

Exciting new ways of not writing a novel

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Procrastination is easier in the age of Google – but less honest

Sebastian Faulks’s diary: My task for 2015 – get a job

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Just back from Sri Lanka, a place I first went to in 1981. It was then a dreamy island. I…

Decades in the making: Glasgow School of Art

The long ordeal of Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art

31 January 2015 9:00 am

I was working on the final edit of my book — a fictionalised account of the year Charles Rennie Mackintosh…

Warning: these books could seriously damage your health

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Welcome to 2015, the year that speaking and writing freely had to stop. Anything that might cause trauma to anyone…

Stig Abell’s diary: My days in court with the Sun

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Soon after I joined the Sun as managing editor (among other things, I used to review novels for The Spectator),…

S&M&B&Q: Why aren’t there sex-and-shopping novels for men?

8 November 2014 9:00 am

I never got beyond page 20 in Fifty Shades of Grey. No one got shot in the first chapter, and…

Dear Mary: Learning to love a man who whistles through his nose

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Q. What can you do when disorganised friends say they would love to come to a concert with you but…

Anthony Horowitz’s diary: Keeping James Bond’s secrets for the Smersh of publishing

11 October 2014 9:00 am

It was quite fun being named as the new writer of 007 — although actually I’d make a lousy spy.…

The unbearable vanity of Kevin Pietersen

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Pietersen’s self-indulgent tales of woe lack credibility

Mary Beard vs Jeremy Paxman

11 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Did you find it a good read?’ asked Harrriett Gilbert. An incredibly long drawn-out sigh from Mr Paxman. ‘I think…