Sinclair McKay

An English merchant bargains with an Indian in a 16th-century cotton tapestry

From yob to nabob: the astonishing rise of the Tudor merchant adventurer

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Tudor merchants — shivering in furs in tiny creaking ships, sailing through the ice of unknown winter seas — knew…

The greatest hacker of the first world war: Nigel de Grey

The greatest hackers of the first world war

14 January 2017 9:00 am

A hundred years ago, the Zimmermann Telegram brought America into the first world war. This is the story of how it was cracked

A miserable day’s fishing from Southend Pier in the 1930s

The eerie power of the Thames Estuary

17 September 2016 9:00 am

You find it in the vistas of skeletal metal gangways, the abandoned 18th-century forts, the squat oil holders and rusted…

Spies in the spotlight

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Spying is a branch of philosophy, although you would never guess it from that expression on Daniel Craig’s face. Its…

Turing, Snow White and the poisoned apple

9 May 2015 9:00 am

As a young student, the atheist Alan Turing — disorientated with grief over the death of his first love Christopher…

EastEnders wanted to show Thatcher’s Britain. These days it would make Maggie proud

14 February 2015 9:00 am

How EastEnders became a positive reflection of Tory values

Alan Turing's last victory

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The story of how we cracked Enigma was top secret, then misrepresented. Now it’s a worldwide cult

Why Doctor Who is secretly Tony Benn

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Through the ages, the Time Lord has been a political weathervane

Trouble ahead

28 July 2012 6:00 am

Must we? All of us? This is the perfect storm, the tempest, the ultimate crisis for non-sport fans. But TV,…

The Silver age

2 June 2012 2:00 pm

What bliss it was to be a child in 1977

Silent night

17 December 2011 1:00 am

The magical quiet of Christmas in London

Middleton mania

9 July 2011 12:00 am

This brilliant family is remaking the monarchy

Junk Bonds

4 June 2011 12:00 am

The folly of attempting to imitate Ian Fleming

Bring back Father Brown

14 December 2009 12:00 am

G.K. Chesterton’s perspicacious priest is 100 next year. Sinclair McKay says that he is more colourful and insightful than any of today’s TV detectives

Happy 30th birthday Viz

14 October 2009 12:00 am

Sinclair McKay celebrates 30 years of Britain’s funniest, sharpest and most irreverent cartoon. David Cameron need look no further for a perfect picture of broken Britain

The battle to save Bletchley Park

9 September 2009 12:00 am

Sinclair McKay attends the 70th anniversary reunion of the men and women who broke the Enigma code, and asks why the government won’t fund their museum

David Cameron can learn from The Avengers

2 September 2009 12:00 am

Sinclair McKay says the Tory leader could do worse than emulate his fellow Old Etonian — the elegant, ruthless, cucumber-cool TV hero John Steed

A quantum of respect for the forgotten master

29 October 2008 12:00 am

Sinclair McKay hails the pioneering novels of William Le Queux, true inventor of the modern spy novel, whose thrillers prefigured the Bond books by more than half a century

Great shakes

29 October 2008 12:00 am

Sinclair McKay on martinis

Mazed and confused

28 May 2008 12:00 am

Sinclair McKay gets lost in a labyrinth

Puzzling times

31 October 2007 2:16 pm

Sinclair McKay lets the pieces fall into place

Live and let let

17 October 2007 5:26 pm

When renting is the way to go

Hammer’s Dracula is now a beloved British institution

17 October 2007 3:15 pm

Hammer’s 1958 Dracula is being re-released


28 September 2002 12:00 am

Until recently, a lively sub-genre of English literature was that devoted to London’s creepier, darker back streets. Peter Ackroyd took…