Books

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The politics of bookshelves

May 7, 2020 4:40 pm

You can’t say that, you can’t read that, you can’t think that — a mantra which closes down discussion

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Why men don’t read books anymore

April 27, 2020 3:10 pm

Lockdown has been more illustrative of the gender gap in reading than any event I can remember

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The lockdown list: books to read during quarantine

March 18, 2020 12:33 pm

Daily reading recommendations from The Spectator’s writers and editors

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Some of the best Austen adaptations are the most unfaithful

February 17, 2020 11:23 am

Undoubtedly the freshest version of Emma was the one that looks least like it: Clueless

dedications

Why do we write dedications in books?

September 26, 2019 6:04 am

These ghostly remnants of love, loss and friendship tell stories of their own

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The Spectator USA guide to book curation

August 24, 2019 6:20 am

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

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The poetry of motels

June 20, 2019 2:29 pm

A new book of photographs documents this fallen world that helped to usher in the sexual revolution

Bret Easton Ellis

‘Come on, cancel me’: An interview with Bret Easton Ellis

May 9, 2019 4:29 pm

The American Psycho author is back – and still causing controversy

lolita

Would any publisher dare to print Lolita now?

March 7, 2019 12:11 pm

Publishers are so scared of the Twitter mob that Nabokov’s classic would probably end up on the slush pile

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‘Lock him in a motel and he’d do something astonishing’: Hockney on the genius of Van Gogh

February 21, 2019 12:44 pm

David Hockney explains what makes the Dutch artist’s drawings such a joy

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Amos Oz, a giant of Israeli literature and politics

December 28, 2018 8:07 pm

In Oz’s novels, the materiality of politics dominates the waking day, and the dreams and nightmares of literature the sleepless nights

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Why is the New York Times recommending anti-Semitic conspiracy theories?

December 17, 2018 4:32 pm

They let Alice Walker plug a David Icke book

2019 memoirs

Exclusive: the eagerly anticipated (or not) Trump-era memoirs of 2019

December 14, 2018 2:15 pm

Trump White House memoirs are rolling off the presses. Let’s imagine the ones yet to come

empress of iran

The people have not forgotten me: the exiled Empress of Iran interviewed

December 13, 2018 10:17 am

The widow of the Shah of Iran was painted by Warhol and assembled the greatest collection of art outside of Europe

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Spectator USA’s Books of the Year 2018

December 8, 2018 2:12 pm

What our writers have been reading this year

The artist who breathes Technicolor life into historic photographs

August 2, 2018 10:23 am

‘My goal is to build a bridge between the present and the past.’

His dark materials

October 14, 2017 10:00 am

In this giant, prodigiously sourced and insightful biography, John A. Farrell shows how Richard Milhous Nixon was the nightmare of…