Books

owen matthews

The King of Christmas: a short story by Owen Matthews

December 26, 2019 10:12 am

Dinner is as close to a feast as the fast of Christmastide will allow

star dreamer

The boy on the hillside

December 22, 2019 10:49 am

A short story by Susan Hill

james ellroy

‘I was a tortured, obviously brilliant child’

December 20, 2019 9:01 am

James Ellroy talks drugs, God and his father’s penis

hero

Who are today’s fictional heroes?

December 19, 2019 9:00 am

The Hero by Lee Child reviewed

cutler

For Tom Cutler, being diagnosed autistic was the happiest day of his life

December 19, 2019 8:50 am

Keep Clear: My Adventures with Asperger’s by Tom Cutler reviewed

evaristo

Bernadine Evaristo shoulders weighty themes lightly

December 19, 2019 8:21 am

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo reviewed

dave eggers

Dave Eggers’s satire on Trump is somewhat heavy-handed

December 12, 2019 12:06 pm

The Captain and the Glory by Dave Eggers reviewed

tech

Who will take on the behemoths of Big Tech?

December 12, 2019 11:53 am

Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles — and All of Us by Rana Foroohar reviewed

markovits

Tame family dramas

December 12, 2019 11:15 am

Christmas in Austin by Benjamin Markovits reviewed

will self
boxing

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

puritans

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

books of the year 2019

The Spectator’s Books of the Year 2019

December 2, 2019 1:17 pm

Spectator contributors choose their favorite titles of 2019

russell kirk

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

alice wokeland children’s greta literature

We are all Greta now

November 29, 2019 12:18 pm

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

cartier

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

cole porter

Old King Cole

November 22, 2019 11:30 am

The Letters of Cole Porter by Cole Porter reviewed

charlie hebdo

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

serotonin

Once more without feeling

November 16, 2019 9:54 am

Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq reviewed

young adult fiction

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

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

olive

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

November 14, 2019 11:18 am

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout reviewed

vladimir nabokov

‘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

slightly foxed mrs bridge

The sadness of Mrs Bridge

November 8, 2019 9:24 am

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

unbelievers

When atheists stole the moral high ground

November 7, 2019 1:23 pm

Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt by Alec Ryrie reviewed