Diary

The view from the Paris bus — an appreciation of everyday life

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Many would say the commute was one thing they didn’t miss in lockdown. But when Lauren Elkin was ‘yanked out…

The tragedy of Lebanon — from safe haven to bankruptcy

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Mountains are humanity’s most comforting topographical feature. Wherever you find them you will also find those who have flocked to…

Abandoned by Paul Theroux: the diary of a sad ex-wife who sadly can’t write

10 July 2021 9:00 am

When I interviewed Paul Theroux 21 years ago at his home in Hawaii, there were already rumours that his ex-wife…

Blonde with a bombshell: Sasha Swire’s revelations about the Cameroons

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Ten years ago, reviewing Alastair Campbell’s diaries for The Spectator, I concluded as follows: Who will be the chroniclers of…

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‘I don’t know how ever Jerry stands it’: diary of a world war one artillery man

16 February 2019 9:00 am

My sister’s boyfriend is a solitary man and easily overwhelmed by another’s presence. On his rare visits he flits in…

Why you should never read your own diary

15 December 2018 9:00 am

At the turn of the century, I started a diary. I’ve mostly typed it on old typewriters, bashing out a…

Mussolini’s fall from grace

11 November 2017 9:00 am

These days it is fashionable to claim Mussolini as a fundamentally decent fellow led astray by an opportunist alliance with…

High life

30 September 2017 9:00 am

I think this week marks my 40th anniversary as a Spectator columnist, but I’m not 100 per cent certain. All…

William Dalrymple's notebook: How I lured Jhumpa Lahiri and Jonathan Franzen to Jaipur

1 February 2014 9:00 am

In 2004, ten days after I moved my family to a new life in India, I gave a reading at…

The Rothschilds, the Spenders, the Queen...

19 October 2013 9:00 am

The novelist David Plante is French-Québécois by ancestry, grew up in a remote Francophone parish in Yankee New England and…