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Britain’s boxing Jews

December 5, 2019 9:45 am

The Fighting Jew: The Life and Times of Daniel Mendoza, Champion Boxer by Wynn Wheldon reviewed


The first Puritans weren’t so much killjoys as ardent believers in honest living

December 5, 2019 9:37 am

The Puritans: A Transatlantic History by David D. Hall reviewed

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The Spectator’s Books of the Year 2019

December 2, 2019 1:17 pm

Spectator contributors choose their favorite titles of 2019

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The haunting of Russell Kirk

November 29, 2019 1:00 pm

The founding father of 20th-century American conservatism was also a connoisseur of the supernatural and a bestselling novelist

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We are all Greta now

November 29, 2019 12:18 pm

A lot of children’s literature today is horribly right-on


When Cartier was the girls’ best friend

November 28, 2019 12:12 am

The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire by Francesca Cartier Brickell reviewed

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Old King Cole

November 22, 2019 11:30 am

The Letters of Cole Porter by Cole Porter reviewed

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The carnage inside Charlie Hebdo: an eyewitness’s account of the attack

November 21, 2019 1:26 pm

Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo by Philippe Lançon reviewed


Once more without feeling

November 16, 2019 9:54 am

Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq reviewed

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Sarah Dessen and the thin-skinned world of Young Adult fiction

November 15, 2019 2:55 pm

Why do so many writers have a victim complex?


Yalta was a carve-up — and the Poles are understandably still bitter about it

November 14, 2019 12:15 pm

Eight Days at Yalta: How Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin Shaped the Post-war World by Diana Preston reviewed


Less radical, less rich: Elizabeth Strout’s Olive, Again is a disappointment

November 14, 2019 11:18 am

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout reviewed

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‘A Russian vowel is an orange, an English vowel is a lemon’

November 11, 2019 11:09 am

Think, Write, Speak: Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews and Letters to the Editor by Vladimir Nabokov reviewed

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The sadness of Mrs Bridge

November 8, 2019 9:24 am

On Evan Connell’s novel of Kansas City: A Slightly Foxed Books essay


When atheists stole the moral high ground

November 7, 2019 1:23 pm

Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt by Alec Ryrie reviewed


Dieting to death: a black comedy of boarding school life

November 7, 2019 1:05 pm

Oligarchy by Scarlett Thomas reviewed


How to message a Martian

November 7, 2019 12:53 pm

Extraterrestrial Languages by Daniel Oberhaus reviewed


Picturing paradise: the healing power of art

November 7, 2019 12:32 pm

A Month in Siena by Hisham Matar reviewed


There’s no end to the wonders of the human body, says Bill Bryson

November 7, 2019 12:12 pm

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson reviewed

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Is Lou Reed a rock ’n’ roll Dostoevsky?

November 4, 2019 5:13 pm

I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Collected Lyrics by Lou Reed reviewed

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A vacation in a hell of a state

November 4, 2019 4:43 pm

North Korea Journal by Michael Palin reviewed


As well as being a mythic tale, Moby-Dick is a superb a guide to oceanography

October 31, 2019 10:08 am

Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick by Richard J. King reviewed


Heart of darkness

October 30, 2019 2:35 pm

Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe by Rory MacLean reviewed

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On Freud’s couch

October 29, 2019 4:14 pm

The Lives of Lucian Freud: The Restless Years, 1922-1968 by William Feaver reviewed