Sex

Stirring the imagination into overdrive: ‘The Sinner’ by John Collier (1904)

Sex, secrets, and self-mortification: the dark side of the confessional

1 March 2014 9:00 am

I have a confession to make. I really enjoyed this book. It’s been a while since I admitted something of…

60 Playmate Bunnies Celebrate Playboy's 60th Anniversary

I’m nearly 60. I’m still interested in sex. Is that a problem?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Have I become a dirty old man?

Sting, William Burroughs and Andy Summers Photo: Getty

William S. Burroughs was a writer – not a painter, prophet, philosopher

8 February 2014 9:00 am

William S. Burroughs lived his life in the grand transgressive tradition of Lord Byron and Oscar Wilde and, like all…

Arming for conquest (Picture: John Bostock)

A creepy father, a lustful music teacher, four virgins — and one genuine love affair

1 February 2014 9:00 am

London, 1794. It’s a different world from that portrayed by the Mrs Radcliffes and Anons of the time: rich young…

Player Tries To Master The Newly Released Grand Theft Auto IV

How Grand Theft Auto prevents crime and violence

7 December 2013 9:00 am

It was about a week ago, at 8 p.m., when our blackout happened. In the 1980s people would have headed…

8th July 1941: A group of children whose homes have been destroyed by World War II bombing raids enjoy a walk in the English countryside to which they have been evacuated. (Photo by Fred Morley/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

A secret sperm donor service in post-first world war London

3 August 2013 9:00 am

The strange tale of how 500 women were helped to conceive after the first world war

Mind your language: Who says there's a 'correct name' for the penis?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

In a very rum letter to the Daily Telegraph, the Mother’s Union of all people joined with some other bodies…

Gin Lane

Less alcohol, fewer drugs: how the British seem to be shedding their harmful habits

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Contrary to popular belief, Britons’ harmful habits seem to be on the wane

The Spectator’s Notes

11 May 2013 9:00 am

On Tuesday night, at a Spectator readers’ evening, Andrew Neil interviewed me about my biography of Margaret Thatcher. He asked…

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The unfair sex - how feminism created a new class divide

27 April 2013 9:00 am

The rise of working women has created a new – and far less equal – world

"Rennard’s overtures might have been considered less obnoxious if he more closely resembled, say, Orlando Bloom or Joaquin Phoenix than Jabba The Hutt"

Lord Rennard doesn’t need an inquiry. He needs a swift kick to the shin

2 March 2013 9:00 am

I was seated at a rather stiff and formal BBC dinner a dozen or so years back, one of those…

Stop shouting at Hilary Mantel – there are real outrages to address

2 March 2013 9:00 am

It started the other week, when David Cameron was in India. Although it started like a bout of malaria starts,…

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Sorry, but Parliament is full of sex pests

2 March 2013 9:00 am

In Westminster, ‘inappropriate behaviour’ is a way of life – and the Lib Dems are the worst offenders

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Thinly veiled threats

2 March 2013 9:00 am

A new kind of unrest is making itself felt throughout the Arab world. Women are beginning to assert themselves and voice their frustrations, says Caroline Moorehead

Of vice and verse

2 March 2013 9:00 am

‘All human life is binary’, explains a Vestal Virgin to the time-travelling heroine of Ranjit Bolt’s verse novel, Losing It.…

Long life

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Eight years ago I was in Rome for The Spectator to write a piece about the election of a new…

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Bookends: A life of gay abandon

17 March 2012 9:00 am

Sometimes, only the purest smut will do. Scotty Bowers’s memoir, Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex…

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More sinned against than sinning

25 February 2012 10:00 am

When I saw the title of this book, then read that it only covered the period 1600-1800 I hoped this…

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Acting strange

11 September 2010 12:00 am

Reviewing Lindsay Clarke’s Whitbread-winning The Chymical Wedding a small matter of 20 years ago, and noting its free and easy cast and wistful nods in the direction of the Age of Aquarius, I eventually pronounced that it was a ‘hippy novel’.

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The French connection

7 August 2010 12:00 am

If ever there was a novel to which that old adage about not judging a book by its cover could be applied, it’s this one.

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Same old perversions

24 July 2010 12:00 am

Memory Lane always looked so unthreatening to me.

Physical and spiritual decay

7 July 2010 12:00 am

The most striking thing about Piers Paul Read’s early novels was their characters’ susceptibility to physical decay.

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Schlock teaser

30 June 2010 12:00 am

The somewhat straightlaced theatre-going audiences of 1880s America, eager for performances by European artistes like Jenny Lind and solid, home-grown, classical actors such as Otis Skinner, were hardly prepared for the on-stage vulgarity that the (usually) Russian and Polish immigrant impressarios, with their particular nous for show-biz, were to unleash into the saloons and fleapits across the young nation.

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A rather orthodox doxy

16 June 2010 12:00 am

‘His cursed concubine.’ That was the imperial ambassador Eustace Chapuys’ judgment on Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn.

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Cherchez la femme

12 May 2010 12:00 am

The 22nd Earl of Erroll, Military Secretary in Kenya in the early part of the second world war, was described by two of his fellow peers of the realm as ‘a stoat — one of the great pouncers of all time’ and ‘a dreadful shit who really needed killing’.