Notebook

Not one of my Harvard students thinks Brexit is a good idea

21 April 2018 9:00 am

My wife laughs that my love of gadgets is a remnant of my Communist upbringing, when western toys were objects…

Gambia: a real-life Tinder dream for geriatrics

14 April 2018 9:00 am

When Facebook and co stop selling on our details to third parties, will it be the end of spam? For…

I take no pleasure in seeing England get all out for 58

7 April 2018 9:00 am

‘Ah, the old man injury!’ That’s what people said when I busted my calf a couple of years ago. At…

I averted the wrath of the students by telling them I’d had a sex change

31 March 2018 9:00 am

I went to Australia with my constant companion Hilary, the only woman in England I’m not paying alimony to. She…

Indian weddings are more beautiful – and honest – than British ones

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Within an hour of our arrival, someone had tightly tied a turban around my head and I was told to…

South Africa Notebook: After Zuma’s fall, and life on the Little Karoo

24 February 2018 9:00 am

In recent years, living in South Africa has been a bit like having cancer. The malaise eating us from within…

Michael Moorcock: Why banning opioids has been a disaster for me

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Returning to the United States a short while ago I received a stern talking to from an immigration officer. Why…

How I’d sex down the weather forecast

16 December 2017 9:00 am

I have, for utterly explicable reasons, not been asked to guest-edit Radio 4’s Today this Christmas. Had I, though, I would…

I’m teaching my kids about money – by searching for buried treasure

16 December 2017 9:00 am

At the end of each year I pull out most of the New Year’s resolutions I’ve ever made — I…

We all suffer ‘old age’ ailments – that doesn’t mean we all need a scan

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Memory, neuroscientists tell us, is fallible. It is a dynamic process whereby each time we remember something, it will be…

Prue Leith: Everyone’s waiting for me to make another Bake Off gaffe

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Edinburgh is a peach of a city, is it not? Last week, I walked up to the castle on a…

If China backs Trump on North Korea he won’t like the quid pro quo

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The first election day since Donald Trump was elected president a year ago brought a funereal mood to Washington that…

Netanyahu’s triumph means a one-state Israel must soon choose democracy – or apartheid

4 November 2017 9:00 am

There are many reasons political journalists get so many things so badly wrong. One is our tendency to overvalue liberal…

Notes from the birthplace of Europe

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I have come to Greece in search of sanity over Brexit. Ostensibly it is a symposium to discuss relations between…

Prue Leith: I’m on a Bake Off ego trip, so I’m planning a cookbook

7 October 2017 9:00 am

To Skibo Castle for a four-day wedding, a dream of super-luxury and great good fun. I was struck by how…

Armando Iannucci’s Notebook: no, my film about Stalin is not about Trump

30 September 2017 9:00 am

I’m currently dwelling on past times. I have a film coming out based on the crazy events that took place…

Henry Blofeld: Why I'm enjoying my long goodbye

23 September 2017 9:00 am

This retiring is a hectic business. When I said in June that it was going to be my last year…

It’s time to choose between alcohol or my marriage

22 July 2017 9:00 am

When my husband and I arrived in our adored Amsterdam on a sun-drenched schoolday afternoon — less than an hour…

The ‘sexist’ Archers storyline that makes me ashamed to be a feminist

29 April 2017 9:00 am

I’m an unashamed Archers fan. But for the first time in 50 years I’m exasperated by the storyline. A fortnight…

North Korea’s idea of Britain? David Beckham and The Queen

22 April 2017 9:00 am

When I arrived in Seoul, I joked to my editor that I hoped this was not going to be like…

I love having my name on The Spectator cover... even for a scornful review

1 April 2017 9:00 am

It is delightful to be writing for a magazine I’ve read, man and boy, since I was 15. Such is…

Israel is now the land of ‘Trumpportunity’

18 March 2017 9:00 am

On the Israeli side of the Syrian border, near al-Quneitra, you can watch the war. From my vantage point on…

How Malcolm Turnbull went from ‘it’ boy to nowhere man

11 March 2017 9:00 am

The other day, I went to a boozy barbecue near Sydney’s northern beaches. The guests were all political mates of…

Indians are getting post-truth history about Winston Churchill

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Did Winston Churchill, like Donald Trump, also like to ‘grab them by the pussy?’ Last week at the Jaipur Literary…

Nigel Farage's groupies party in DC

28 January 2017 9:00 am

On Wednesday afternoon I went to the British embassy in Washington for ‘a tea and champagne reception’ to mark the…