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Baileys Women's Prize For Fiction 2015 Shortlist Announcement

Rachel Johnson

27 June 2015

My husband says I only write books in order to have a launch party. Not so. I also write books in order to give the author speech at the party.… Read more

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Elisa Segrave

20 June 2015

Off to prison to visit a writer friend, first jailed led some years ago for trying to find a hit man to kill his mother’s toy boy. My friend had… Read more

On the hunt for the little pink pills

Jan Moir

13 June 2015

Down here in west Cornwall, the days are long and summer is on the wing. Like the Tories in Scotland, the tiny population of Cornish choughs continue to defy extinction,… Read more

Pakistan take on Zimbabwe in Lahore (Photo: Getty)

Peter Oborne

6 June 2015

For the first time since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team six years ago, a Test match side has visited Pakistan. The Zimbabwe tourists, playing at the same… Read more

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Matt Ridley

30 May 2015

Martin Williams, former head of the government’s air quality science unit, has declared that the reason we have a problem with air pollution now is that ‘policy has been focused… Read more

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Nigel Farage

23 May 2015

The aftermath of a general election is a difficult time for any party leader, unless like Mr Cameron you have received a shock majority. I had promised to stand down… Read more

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Zoe Williams

16 May 2015

For the 2005 general election, I had a party featuring a gigantic cheesecake with differentiated segments by allegiance. It contained no purple, which you could call leftie bias, but it… Read more

Dr. Samuel Johnson greeting Oliver Goldsmith (Photo: Getty)

James Runcie

9 May 2015

I am writing a play about Dr Johnson and his Dictionary. It will be performed in Scotland later this year. Five out of the great man’s six helpers were Scots… Read more

Gascony: nice, but couldn't it be warmer?

Nigel Lawson

2 May 2015

I have escaped this rather depressing election campaign by retreating to my home in la France profonde — to be precise, in Armagnac, in the heart of Gascony. My only… Read more

Saddam's hangman, Mowaffak al-Rubaie (Photo: Getty)

Justin Marozzi

25 April 2015

Lunch with the man who hanged Saddam. My irrepressible old Baghdad friend Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Ealing neurologist turned Iraqi national security adviser, is on top form. This may not be unrelated… Read more

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David Starkey

18 April 2015

To the dentist. And for an extraction. I hadn’t had a tooth out in decades. But the twinges when I bit on a nut warned me that my problem molar… Read more

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Andrew Marr

11 April 2015

So far, what an infuriating election campaign. We have the most extraordinary array of digital, paper and broadcasting media at our fingertips — excellent political columnists, shrewd and experienced number-crunchers,… Read more

Former head of MI6 Sir John Scarlett stands in front of a painting of Sir George Mansfield Smith-Cumming, the first chief of the Secret Intelligence Service. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Max Hastings

4 April 2015

I am living in rustic seclusion while writing a book. Our only cultural outing of the week was to Newbury cinema to see, transmitted from the National Theatre, Arthur Miller’s… Read more

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Harry Mount

28 March 2015

I never knew classicists could be so scary! Last week I wrote a Telegraph article saying classics exams had been dumbed down. It followed the news that Camden School for… Read more

UK Budget Day 2015

Danny Alexander

21 March 2015

It’s dangerous, in my line of work, to promise you’ll be anywhere by 8 p.m. I made this mistake recently, saying I’d turn up to a dinner after a Budget… Read more

The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

Jeffrey Archer

14 March 2015

This last week, in India, I visited six cities in seven days: Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta and New Delhi. This is my 11th trip to India and from the… Read more

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Miriam Gross

7 March 2015

Last week I went to the exhilarating English National Opera production of Wagner’s The Mastersingers — five hours of wonderful music and singing whizzed by without a moment’s boredom. But… Read more

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Paul Mason

28 February 2015

It’ll be a Skype interview, says the producer from Greek television, and not live. In TV-speak that usually means not urgent and not important, but I’ve become vaguely interesting to… Read more

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Virginia Ironside

21 February 2015

All this fuss about Fifty Shades of Grey! I wonder how many people have actually read all three books? Sado-masochism is only half the story. When you’ve waded through the… Read more

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Sebastian Faulks

14 February 2015

Just back from Sri Lanka, a place I first went to in 1981. It was then a dreamy island. I remember giving the room boy who had brought my case… Read more

Ian Lavender, Michael Buerk, Lord Faulkner, Bridget Riley, Ken Dodd and Gyles Bradreth attend the Oldie Of The Year Awards Photo: Getty

Alexander Chancellor

7 February 2015

An excellent test of character is a person’s response to being offered an Oldie of the Year Award. There have always been those to whom the word ‘oldie’ is in… Read more

Ukip's Nigel Farage Campaigns Before European Elections

Nigel Farage

31 January 2015

Dry January is tougher than it sounds. Well, for me anyway. It’s now been some 28 days since I’ve had a drink, and you should see what that means for… Read more

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Tom Holland

24 January 2015

As weather bombs brew in the north Atlantic, I’m roughing it by heading off to Rajasthan, and the literary festival where you are most likely to be greeted by an… Read more

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Owen Matthews

17 January 2015

 Moscow Here we go again. The rouble slides, then tumbles, and slides again. For those of us who remember the crash of August 1998, the drill is familiar. For Muscovites,… Read more

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Nicky Haslam

10 January 2015

I was once bundled into a police car in Palm Springs to explain why I didn’t have snow-tyres on my pick-up in the red-hot California desert. I don’t remember the… Read more