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‘La Ghirlandata’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The dangerous red-headed league

29 August 2015
Red: A Natural History of the Redhead Jacky Colliss Harvey

Allen & Unwin, pp.223, £16.99, ISBN: 9781925266191

‘Gentlemen prefer blondes,’ Anita Loos pronounced, ‘but gentlemen marry brunettes.’ Quite what they do with redheads she never revealed (and I’ve often wondered), but with Red: A Natural History of… Read more


Exciting new ways of not writing a novel

14 March 2015

I read that Damon Runyon, in New York in the 1930s, would get up at 1 p.m. for a breakfast of ‘fruit, broiled kidneys, toast and six cups of coffee’. Then… Read more

The judges of Food Glorious Food; Anne Harrison, Loyd Grossman,Tom Parker Bowles and Stacie Stewart with presenter Carol Vorderman Photo: Optomen / Syco

ITV’s Food Glorious Food is under the curse of Simon Cowell

2 March 2013

I sometimes worry that ITV — the middle child — doesn’t get enough of my attention and so this week I have decided to redress the balance: I devoted myself… Read more

Schoenberg in shorts

16 February 2013

For anyone who missed The Sound and the Fury (Tuesday, BBC4) here is a reason — one of many — to catch it on your iPlayer: footage of a fierce,… Read more

David and Jackie Siegel: as human as the rest of us

Ordinary people

2 February 2013

There was little reason to be curious about David or Jackie Siegel at the beginning of Queen of Versailles (Monday, BBC4): he is the King of Timeshare and she is… Read more

The Empress of Blandings with Timothy Spall (Lord Emsworth)

Wodehouse to the rescue

19 January 2013

I knew this would happen: I’ve been watching season five of Mad Men on DVD and it’s spoiled me for normal telly. If you notice increased levels of toxicity —… Read more


Insomniac’s heaven

12 January 2013

If I wake up at too rude an hour to get up — before four o’clock, let’s say — Through the Night is my reward: I switch on the radio… Read more

Queen Victoria's Children

What the doctor ordered

5 January 2013

I don’t know whose idea it was to put New Year at the beginning of January, but it seems like an odd one. Why not begin each new year on,… Read more

Nigella Lawson: buoyant, convivial and flirtatious

Food, glorious food

15 December 2012

Despite a wet summer, the recent crop of food programmes has been prodigious: six episodes of Nigellissima, eight of Nigel Slater’s Dish Of The Day, six of Lorraine Pascale’s Fast,… Read more

An interview with David Attenborough

Fame and fortune

1 December 2012

Having planned to devote every one of this week’s 800 words to Sir David Attenborough’s 60 Years in the Wild (Friday, BBC2), I was distracted by fame, fortune and the… Read more

The Hour

Time trials

17 November 2012

It’s amazing what can be squeezed into an hour of The Hour (Wednesday, BBC2): smutty photos, gang violence, bent coppers, illegal gambling, fascism, racism, a political cover-up, a media exposé,… Read more

The American way

3 November 2012

To the Americas this week, and first to the land of the free and the home of the brave: Gay to Straight (Monday, BBC3) examined the practice of ‘gay conversion… Read more

Falling about and apart

20 October 2012

One of the many pleasures of television is that it allows us to forget our manners: we can treat it with an impolite offhandedness that would not be considered sociable… Read more

Spy class

6 October 2012

Hunted (Thursday, BBC1) made a terrific start, but whether the first episode has set the standard for the next seven is another matter — a thriller, after all, has a… Read more

There may be trouble ahead...Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson in Downton

Acid reign

22 September 2012

You won’t believe me when I tell you this but I swear it’s the truth: until this week, I had never watched Downton Abbey(Sunday, ITV). Some old-fashioned notion about not… Read more

That’s entertainment

8 September 2012

Comparisons may be odious but sometimes they are irresistible — and, frankly, more fool the BBC for screening Treasures of Ancient Rome on the same night as The Shock of… Read more

Even the Dogs, by Jon McGregor

18 August 2012
Even the Dogs Jon McGregor, read by Dean Williamson, 7 hours

Whole Story Audio, 13.96

Jon McGregor’s debut, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2002 and won both the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award in… Read more

Please release me

11 August 2012

I am writing this at teatime on Sunday — day nine of the Olympics. So far: 34 medals, we’ve all gone completely bananas, and the Great British mood has improved… Read more


Relaxing with the ignoble

14 July 2012

Unless I have slept through another of the year’s once-in-a-lifetime experiences — which is rather more likely than possible — the days since the Wimbledon final have passed without call… Read more

Under pressure

28 April 2012

Rest easy on your deckchair, Delingpole, for I come in peace. Your column is safe — from me, at least — because this week I have made an unpleasant discovery:… Read more


Golden oldies

25 February 2012

A young Indian entrepreneur, Sonny (Dev Patel), has a brilliant idea: to open a hotel that caters for the ‘elderly and beautiful’ British tourist. He plans, in other words, to… Read more

Winter wonderland

18 February 2012
The Snow Child Eowyn Ivey

Headline Review, pp.432, 14.99

Jack and Mabel move to Alaska to try to separate themselves from a tragedy — the loss of their only baby — that has frozen the core of their relationship.… Read more

For your eyes only

10 December 2011

Puss in Boots was the surprise hit character — the standout sidekick — of the second Shrek movie, and went on to tickle us in Shrek the Third and Shrek… Read more

Sunday sustenance

22 October 2011

Before we knuckle down to the week’s offerings I’m going to seize the opportunity (this review is a one-off, so no need to panic) to champion a regular programme: Something… Read more


A letter from the Lot

6 August 2011

I have become one of those irritating people who bangs on about how wonderful France is I am living in France on the border between two regions (the Midi-Pyrenees and… Read more