gwyneth paltrow

The Spectator USA guide to book curation

August 24, 2019 6:20 am

Gwyneth Paltrow has a book curator – now you can too!

cold war

Novel explosives of the Cold War

August 22, 2019 8:49 am

Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War by Duncan White reviewed

iraq demining

Demining at the foot of Mount Sinjar

August 18, 2019 10:35 am

Isis had been cleared from this area a month before I arrived, in November 2015. But the men were cautious

candace bushnell

Pity poor Candace Bushnell, still flogging Sex and the City at 60

August 15, 2019 1:09 pm

Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace Bushnell reviewed


A novel take on the Western

August 15, 2019 12:55 pm

Inland by Téa Obreht reviewed


Walter Bagehot: the revered Victorian who got almost everything wrong

August 15, 2019 11:54 am

Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian by James Grant reviewed


Does Kim Jong-un deliberately emulate a Bond villain?

August 15, 2019 11:41 am

The Great Successor: The Secret Rise and Rule of Kim Jong-un by Anna Fifield reviewed

kevin d williamson

Kevin D. Williamson has a people problem

August 12, 2019 11:17 am

The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics by Kevin D. Williamson reviewed


In praise of the semicolon, a most maligned punctuation mark

August 8, 2019 12:53 pm

Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark by Cecelia Watson reviewed

memory police

Out of sight, out of mind

August 8, 2019 12:10 pm

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa reviewed

groucho marx

When Tom met Groucho

August 6, 2019 7:37 pm

‘He seemed more interested in discussing Animal Crackers and A Night at the Opera’


Web of deceit: disinformation could prove the most powerful weapon of all

August 1, 2019 3:38 pm

This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality and The Twittering Machine reviewed


Searching in vain for the ‘soul’ of modern Russia

August 1, 2019 3:27 pm

Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia with Pushkin and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age by Sara Wheeler reviewed

christopher hitchens

The uneasy legacy of Christopher Hitchens

July 25, 2019 2:21 pm

What will become of the Hitch?


How Klaus Fuchs’s treachery may have averted Armageddon

July 25, 2019 12:00 pm

Trinity: The Treachery and Pursuit of the Most Dangerous Spy in History by Frank Close reviewed

nickel boys

America’s brutal borstals

July 25, 2019 11:47 am

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead reviewed


Andreï Makine’s new novel is ‘masterful’

July 18, 2019 1:09 pm

The Archipelago of Another Life by Andreï Makine reviewed


The novel Silicon Valley’s tech moguls won’t be amused to read

July 18, 2019 12:55 pm

Zed by Joanna Kavenna reviewed


All of nature in a village in Norfolk

July 18, 2019 12:38 pm

A Claxton Diary: Further Field Notes from a Small Planet by Mark Cocker reviewed

sweet sorrow

Star-crossed lovers

July 11, 2019 4:40 pm

Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls reviewed

10 minutes

Washed up in Istanbul

July 11, 2019 4:21 pm

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak reviewed

raverat darwin

An American in Darwin’s family

July 8, 2019 12:38 pm

The prelude to Period Piece: A Slightly Foxed books essay

period piece

A gas-lit world

July 7, 2019 12:32 pm

Hazel Wood on the Darwin family and Gwen Raverat’s ‘Period Piece’: A Slightly Foxed books essay

red dog

Savagery in the Cape Colony

July 4, 2019 12:06 pm

Red Dog by Willem Anker reviewed

nineteen eighty-four

Nineteen Eighty-Four is not a guidebook for the present day

June 29, 2019 5:01 pm

A powerful totalitarian state is no longer needed to coerce human beings