Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Eric Christiansen at New College in 1972

Geoffrey Wheatcroft remembers his close friend, the historian Eric Christiansen

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Geoffrey Wheatcroft remembers the idiosyncratic historian whose funny, sharp reviews were only bettered by his exquisitely entertaining letters

The law that’s letting local heroes save their village pubs

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The much-mocked ‘localism agenda’ is letting villages save their threatened pubs – including, I hope, mine

It’s time to kill James Bond

28 May 2016 9:00 am

After six decades, it’s time we were done with 007

To save the British monarchy, skip the Prince of Wales

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The Prince of Wales has become a threat to the institution he ought to uphold. He should renounce the throne in advance

Hugh Trevor-Roper: the spy as historian, the historian as spy

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Shortly after the war began in September 1939, the branch of the intelligence services called MI8, or the Radio Security…

When Israel was but a dream

22 February 2014 9:00 am

‘On the night of 15 April 1897, a small, elegant steamer is en route from Egypt’s Port Said to Jaffa.’…

My dream to visit Oz

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Much more than cricket fascinates this Englishman about Australia

Please get rid of this dreadful technology

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Far from making the game fairer and more interesting, the Decision Review System is poisoning cricket

Why Brits are gloating like hell over the Aussies

13 July 2013 9:00 am

British sport is experiencing a remarkable renaissance

Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s diary: Peter King, terror hypocrite, and the joys of Longhorns

11 May 2013 9:00 am

As we landed at Houston, I suddenly thought of my first visit to America, in 1965 during what we didn’t…

'The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005-2008', by Lawrence Goldman - review

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Where else would you possibly find George Painter, Jackie Pallo and Sir Eduardo Paolozzi in immediate successive proximity? The incunabulist…

Not-so-special relationship

5 January 2013 9:00 am

Dean Acheson and the myth of Anglo-American unity


28 July 2012 6:00 am

Looking back, there was a moment right at the start when the coalition government could have asserted its authority, and…

The truest man of letters

7 January 2012 10:00 am

Geoffrey Wheatcroft continues to mourn his friend John Gross on the first anniversary of his death

Portrait of a singular man

17 December 2011 9:00 pm

The posthumous publication of Hugh Trevor-Roper’s wartime diaries continues the restoration of his reputation, says Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Parliament shouldn’t pay

17 December 2011 12:00 am

The professionalisation of politics has taken it away from the people

In England’s hour of triumph, a Pom writes, cricket is a dying game

15 January 2011 12:00 am

There are still a few of us in the Old Dart who find it unseemly to sneer at a fallen foe


8 January 2011 12:00 am

Geoffrey Wheatcroft opens his Diary

Music in the mountains

14 December 2009 12:00 am

Geoffrey Wheatcroft attends Austria’s Schubertiade

Immortalised in print

1 July 2009 12:00 am

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2001-2004, edited by Lawrence Goldman


23 July 2008 12:00 am

Geoffrey Wheatcroft goes from funeral to funeral

The solitary New York Jew

8 April 2008 12:00 am

In a recent review of They Knew They Were Right, Jacob Heilbrunn’s book about the neo-conservatives, Mark Lilla began by asking: How many of you are sick to death of hearing about City College in the 1930s, Alcove One and Alcove Two, the prima donnas at Partisan Review, who stopped speaking to whom at which cocktail party .

Best or worst?

16 January 2008 12:00 am

After his famous ‘Age of . . .’ trilogy on the 19th century, E. J. Hobsbawm published a coda (best-selling but in my view much less satisfactory) on the history of the 20th century

The curse of riches

31 October 2007 12:43 pm

Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Dropping himself in the soup

11 July 2007 1:57 pm

Richard Milhous Nixon: The Invisible Quest
by Conrad Black