Features

Joan Collins: I’m an actress, not an actor. And yes, it matters

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I recently tried to put my profession down as ‘actress’ on Instagram, but the only option available from the drop-down…

The best Christmas gift you can give yourself is to learn some poetry by heart

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Some Christmas traditions are worth keeping

Ricky Gervais: why I’ll never apologise for my jokes

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Ricky Gervais on comedy in the era of digital outrage

Andrew Marr: Twitter fooled everyone during this election

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s an unfashionable thought, but having spent many hours in the university sports hall where constituency votes for Boris Johnson…

Islam’s reformation: an Arab-Israeli alliance is taking shape in the Middle East

21 December 2019 9:00 am

There’s a new peace between Israel and Sunni Islam

Petronella Wyatt: The time I saw Boris cry

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Boris Johnson is nothing like Churchill, a view with which my friend Andrew Roberts concurs. But in the 20-odd years…

‘I aspire to write for posterity’: An interview with Tom Stoppard

21 December 2019 9:00 am

An interview with Tom Stoppard

Corbyn’s problem was not that the media hated him – but that he hated the media

21 December 2019 9:00 am

On the morning of the election, we buried my lovely mum. I write this 24 hours later, now on a…

This year, I’m performing all 32 of Beethoven’s sonatas. Here’s why

21 December 2019 9:00 am

My most intense experience as a pianist

Words to live by from Saint John Henry Newman

21 December 2019 9:00 am

On 13 October, John Henry Newman, a distinguished and distinctive Englishman, was officially declared a Saint. A well-known saying of…

‘I’ve had two totally successful marriages’: Stanley Johnson interviewed

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Why Boris doesn’t feature in Stanley’s proudest achievements

Lady Hale’s Christmas diary (as told to Quentin Letts)

21 December 2019 9:00 am

They say I must retire next month when I turn 75. Irritating. I have been a member of the Supreme…

We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously

21 December 2019 9:00 am

We’ve just had the best decade in human history

Roger Scruton: My 2019

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Much was lost – more was gained

‘I was a tortured, obviously brilliant child’: James Ellroy interviewed

21 December 2019 9:00 am

An interview with LA crime writer James Ellroy

Anne Glenconner: My Christmas gift from Queen Mary

21 December 2019 9:00 am

At the age of 87 I find myself not just a first-time author, but a bestseller. I’ve always told stories,…

A soldier’s legacy: how a baby’s cry saved a family

21 December 2019 9:00 am

How a baby’s cry saved a family

Michael Moorcock: I feel I’ve been cheated by the British state

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Back to Texas to prepare for guests arriving for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Once again we left our Paris home not…

History may hold the secrets of statecraft – but not the secrets of business leadership

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Let’s stop pretending CEOs are like military heroes

I was born to be a pantomime Dame (oh yes I was!)

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I was born to play the Dame

Eggs and hard liquor: Spectator writers on their favourite examples of meals in literature

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Spectator writers serve up their favourite meals in literature

A.N. Wilson: The V&A’s Tristram Hunt is a modern Prince Albert

21 December 2019 9:00 am

We don’t have Thanksgiving in Britain, but this does not stop us giving thanks and Christmas is a good time…

The King of Christmas: A short story by Owen Matthews

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The Christmas King steps slowly from his house and sniffs the evening’s chill. His tread is dainty, for all his…

'Cook it like a prayer’: Bip Ling’s Christmas curry

21 December 2019 9:00 am

A curry recipe for Christmas