old age

My night with Brigitte Bardot

21 January 2017 9:00 am

I am very bad at remembering my dreams: I would have been a poor patient for Dr Freud. But I…

Günter Grass, who died last year, photographed in 1981

Günter Grass: from enfant terrible to Grand Old Man

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Günter Grass was a mischief-maker, who set out to eclipse his equally brilliant fellow writers, says Rachel Seiffert. But his early novels – The Tin Drum, especially – fully deserved the limelight

Author Margaret Drabble (Photo: Getty)

Margaret Drabble squares up to old age

5 November 2016 9:00 am

A preoccupation with death is felt from the start of Margaret Drabble’s new novel, which opens with Francesca Stubbs, in…

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Eyes, teeth, hair, ears: it’s all downhill from the age of 30

22 October 2016 9:00 am

‘Welcome, Mr Chancellor, to the Age UK community,’ said the voice. It was a warm, friendly woman’s voice, but bearing…

Brian Cox in The Carer

The Carer has one of the most jarring lines of all time

6 August 2016 9:00 am

The Carer is a Hungarian-British co-production about a cantankerous old thesp (Brian Cox) and the young Hungarian woman (Coco König)…

Spectator letters: Charles will be an excellent king

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In defence of Charles Sir: As a former full-time member of the Prince of Wales’s office, and a part-time equerry…

Author David Szalay (Photo:  Getty)

All That Man Is: a novel view of masculinity

16 April 2016 9:00 am

‘Insufficiency’ is a favourite David Szalay word. The narrator of his previous novel, Spring, suffered from ‘insufficiency of feeling’; in…

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Why Britain (and Europe) depends on migrants

26 March 2016 9:00 am

It’s not about economics. It’s about our snobbish, slobbish culture

Tim Roth in ‘Chronic’, a morality tale about the care industry

Cinema needs films like Chronic – just not a lot of them

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Scholarly filmgoers may recall a movement that sprouted from Danish soil called Dogme 95. It worked to a Spartan set…

Campaigners both for and against assisted dying gather outside the Houses of Parliament (Photo: Getty)

Some day soon we’ll all accept that useless lives should be ended

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Throughout the short life of the Assisted Dying Bill which failed last week in the Commons, the ‘faith community’ (a…

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The fraught business of seat surrender

2 May 2015 9:00 am

I remember the first time that someone stood up and offered me a seat on the London Underground. It was…

Bruce Jenner with step-daughter, Kim Kardashian Photo: Getty

Old age is not for sissies

7 March 2015 9:00 am

The secret of eternal youth, according to Alice Roosevelt Longworth, is arrested development, and the penny dropped last week. The…

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Care for the dying needs more imagination – and less hospitalisation

1 November 2014 9:00 am

‘To die of age is a rare, singular and extra-ordinary death’, wrote Montaigne, ‘and so much less natural than others:…

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Greece is calling – three more years and then I move south

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Porto Cheli I have been thinking about my children and my own strange boyhood as I gaze up at the…

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The cruellest present you could give a hated old in-law

5 July 2014 9:00 am

It takes a special sort of talent to be able to make drawings of your own 97-year-old mother on her…

Seriously? (Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty)

Like Murdoch, I'm an old man with an eye for beauty. But Wendi Deng? Seriously?

14 June 2014 8:00 am

 Gstaad A slight bump at 30,000 feet concentrates the mind, as the good Dr Johnson said about an appointment with…

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Alexander Chancellor: I think my doctors are trying to frighten me

4 January 2014 9:00 am

The date of this issue of The Spectator is 4 January 2014, which also happens to be my 74th birthday.…

Letters: The Met Office answers Rupert Darwall, and a defence of Bolívar

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Wild weather Sir: Weather and climate science is not an emotional or political issue — even though emotions and politics run…