Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson’s diary: Boris would make a great PM – but he must strike now

10 May 2014 9:00 am

I feel an intense antipathy for Vladimir Putin. No one on the international scene has aroused in me such dislike…

The Story of the Jews, by Simon Schama - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

The recorder of early Jewish history has two sources of evidence. One is the Bible. Its centrality was brought home…

Cover illustration for the first edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Paul Johnson reviews 'C.S. Lewis: A Life', by Alister McGrath

20 April 2013 9:00 am

C.S. Lewis became a celebrity but remains a mysterious figure. Several biographies have been written, not to much avail, and…

Reason to believe

15 December 2012 9:00 am

In a world beset by evil, we are universally compelled towards good – surely proof of the existence of God

An Irish peasant girl with her family’s last few possessions after eviction for non-payment of rent (The Illustrated London News)

A deeply stricken country

1 December 2012 9:00 am

Ireland has suffered bitterly over the centuries through war and want. And the disastrous famine of 1845-9 proves in itself a divisive subject, says Paul Johnson

Apologia pro vita sua

17 November 2012 9:00 am

Any fair-minded person who has looked into the matter knows that Conrad Black was wrongly convicted. Indeed under English law…

A weakness for beauty

11 August 2012 6:00 am

James Stourton is not only a successful auctioneer and chairman of Sotheby’s but also an accomplished writer, the author of…

Fearsome and devilish

30 June 2012 6:00 am

Bruce Boucher reviews the first substantial exhibition devoted to the magically delicate sculpture of Desiderio da Settignano.

Who are the losers now?

24 March 2012 12:00 pm

The second world war was the most destructive conflict in human history, but the victors have fared worse than the vanquished, says Paul Johnson

The age of achievement

21 January 2012 1:00 pm

Doctors say it’s all downhill from 45. History suggests otherwise

Season’s greetings

17 December 2011 12:00 am

Christmas cards past, present and yet to come

A gimlet eye

10 December 2011 11:00 am

We should be grateful to families which encourage the culture of writing letters, and equally vital, the keeping of them.…

The meanest flowers that blow

19 November 2011 10:00 am

Sarah Raven comes of a botanising family. Her father John, a Cambridge classics don, travelled all over the British Isles…

When the going got tough

16 July 2011 12:00 am

The acute emotional pain caused by his first wife’s infidelity was of priceless service to Evelyn Waugh as a novelist, says Paul Johnson

Sense and magnanimity

9 July 2011 12:00 am

People see William Rees-Mogg as an archetypal member of the Establishment.

Heroic long-suffering

25 June 2011 12:00 am

English patriotism was still a force in 1914.

The power of a pocket

4 June 2011 12:00 am

Why it matters who wears the trousers

Sins of the fathers

26 March 2011 12:00 am

The papacy is in good shape and looks set to last another 2,000 years, says Paul Johnson; but too few popes in the past have been pious or clement or innocent

Failure of the feminists

12 March 2011 12:00 am

After 100 International Women’s Days, real achievement still trumps leftist ideology

Dirty rotten scholars

26 February 2011 12:00 am

Brilliance, bitterness and filth in the loftiest of ivory towers

The plum pudding trick

18 December 2010 12:00 am

A magical Christmas party, starring Charles Dickens

A race against time

9 October 2010 12:00 am

Lord Palmerston poses severe quantitative problems to biographers.

Welsh wizardry and venom

18 September 2010 12:00 am

Paul Johnson reviews Roy Hattersley’s life of David Lloyd George

Not every aspect pleases

2 June 2010 12:00 am

Half a century ago I read W. G. Hoskins’s book, The Making of the English Landscape, when it first came out. It was for me an eye-opener, as it was for many people.

For true democracy, bring back ostracism

28 April 2010 12:00 am

Our electoral system does not answer the need for punishment, anger and rebellion, says Paul Johnson. What fun it would be to vote to get rid of our thoroughly bad eggs