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Dear Mary: How do I get an answer from my elusive publisher?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Q. What is the current etiquette regarding chasing an opinion from a publisher to whom, by agreement and via a…

This is a restaurant for affluent halfwits: Bob Bob Ricard reviewed

12 January 2019 9:00 am

In January, you could go to Bob Bob Ricard in Soho. I do not know why it is called Bob…

Illeism: the weird habit of talking about oneself in the third person

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Someone has been putting about reports that Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, refers to himself in the third person as…

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In praise of pomposity

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad My annual end-of-year party in the Bagel was a bust. Too many people brought their friends and I ended…

Jeremy Clarke and Baroness Trumpington

From Baroness Trumpington to bad sex: my Christmas party week

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The Airbnb accommodation at Paddington, chez Mohammed, was a fourth-floor room measuring about nine feet by five. As well as…

Creidt: macida

A festive rapprochement with the ex-builder boyfriend

5 January 2019 9:00 am

1 January. Rooms left in house to decorate: 1 (only the attic, therefore doesn’t count).Walls plastered by self with no…

Richard Johnson riding Native River to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Credit: Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Racing in 2018 gave us plenty to celebrate

5 January 2019 9:00 am

I don’t know who coined the old racing saying ‘The only person who remembers who came second is the guy…

Bridge

5 January 2019 9:00 am

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!   I have made a resolution to make some bridge resolutions. Here they are:   1.…

Game of the year

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The time has come again when I award the accolade of most spectacular game of the year. It adds lustre if…

no. 535

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a variation from today’s game Aronian-Kramnik, Berlin 2018. How can Black briskly conclude his kingside…

Out with the auld

5 January 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3079 you were invited to supply a new anthem to welcome 2019, starting with the first line…

2389: All change

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights can be paired in some way or other. One is of two words.   Across 1    Distrain…

2387: On the Spot

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The HISPANIOLA was the ship that brought the other unclued answers to TREASURE ISLAND in the novel by R L…

The great awokening

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Is the social justice movement that’s sweeping British and American universities a secular religion? The core beliefs of the members…

The Battle for Britain

5 January 2019 9:00 am

A principled argument for a hard Brexit

5 January 2019 9:00 am

It has become commonplace for news reports to refer to almost any civic unrest, or even unusual patterns of voting,…

Dear Mary: is it ever acceptable to use a dental brush at the dinner table?

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Q. Whenever I go to the theatre or cinema with any man of 60-plus, he falls asleep, even when the…

Barolo, the only comfort in a world full of chaos

5 January 2019 9:00 am

It appeared to be an uneven contest. A few friends were meeting for a festive wine-tasting, to compare and contrast…

Word of the week: Moral hazard

5 January 2019 9:00 am

‘Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads,’ said my husband, tossing an imaginary coin. The same improbability was amusing when Rosencrantz won the…

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, March

Why I have fallen out of love with Donald Trump

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Here we are, 41 years down the road, and I’m once again writing for The Spectator’s Christmas issue. This is…

Why you should never read your own diary

15 December 2018 9:00 am

At the turn of the century, I started a diary. I’ve mostly typed it on old typewriters, bashing out a…

How Ebenezer Grayling destroyed the Kite family Christmas

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Ebenezer Grayling sat busy in his counting house. It was a cold, bleak day at the Department for Transport. Big…

Aidan Hartley and dead cobra

Me vs an eight-foot spitting cobra

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya ‘The End,’ I typed. The book had taken me 14 years to write. I rose from my desk…

Tom Scudamore riding Know The Score wins the Visit Our Shop 'Star Sports Mayfair' Standard Open NH Flat Race at Towcester racecourse, 14 February, 2018

‘Concussion doesn’t count’: memories of a racing dynasty

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The Scudamores are one of the bedrock families of jump racing. After being shot down and spending two years as…

Bridge

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The other day, I opened a Christmas card showing Santa carrying a sack full of presents, and was immediately reminded…