Diary

The day I signed a book ‘Adolf Roberts’

13 October 2018 9:00 am

I’m giving 93 speeches over the next four months to promote my new book, Churchill: Walking with Destiny, but I…

Who to believe: calculating Kavanaugh or forgetful Ford?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

A weekend news report says Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s childhood has been scrutinised by colleagues ‘for clues to understanding this…

Prue Leith: Forget home remedies — morphine is the real way to cure cramp

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Is it just my age, or has summer always galloped past with indecent haste? No sooner do the reluctant leaves…

‘The possibility that our next PM will be named Mogg has prompted me to enquire about one-way tickets to Switzerland.’ Photo: Getty

Max Hastings’s diary

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The Hastingses have idyllic lives but, like most seventysomethings, we find ourselves in ever-closer proximity to mortality. We hold season…

Rachel Johnson: Getting sacked is a badge of honour. And I should know

15 September 2018 9:00 am

People are still asking ‘So, how was your summer’ and mine was nice as far as it went: I didn’t…

No whisky for breakfast? But this is Scotland!

8 September 2018 9:00 am

I begin my 87-day reading tour of the US, UK and Canada on a BA flight that will take me…

Joan Collins: Why are people so baffled by the title ‘Dame’?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Attending my goddaughter Cara Delevingne’s 26th birthday party at the trendy Chateau Marmont hotel in LA, I was interested to…

Richard Madeley: Thanks to Gavin Williamson, everyone is calling me ‘the Terminator’

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Down here near Nice, you find most locals unsurprised by the catastrophic Genoa bridge collapse. The Italian border is only…

Ayesha Hazarika’s Edinburgh diary: The most offensive thing about Boris’s burka joke? It wasn’t original

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Taking my new stand-up show Girl on Girl to the Edinburgh festival this year and playing at the prestigious venue…

Why British weather is like a bad boyfriend

11 August 2018 9:00 am

The British weather is just like the worst boyfriend. The kind that keeps you in a state of permanent insecurity…

Susan Hill's diary: The return of the eels

4 August 2018 9:00 am

The swifts had not arrived by June, nary a one, though a Yorkshire Dales friend reported their return, and there…

Boris Johnson: Why we should chuck Chequers

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Surely there is a bit of humbug in this outrage about the two remaining jihadi Beatles, Kotey and Elsheikh, and…

What Uber rides taught me about immigration

21 July 2018 9:00 am

It was blessedly cool inside the Romanesque nave, its massive arches resisting the heat as they had done everything else…

This is what happens when you put Brexit in the hands of unbelievers

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Well, we did it. No, not Brexit, the World Cup or my (somewhat less) ambitious scheme at Legal & General…

Dominic Lawson: The day Boris claimed I was an MI6 agent

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Happy 190th birthday, dear Spectator. And in what fine health you are, at such an advanced age. This was hardly…

Why are men so obsessed with dieting?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

In this gloriously sunny week, the cavalry horses are off on their summer break to Bodney, Norfolk. They can be…

Winston Churchill painting beside Lake Geneva (Photo: Getty)

Andrew Marr's Diary: In praise of David Dimbleby

23 June 2018 9:00 am

At Chequers last week to interview the Prime Minister, I hear some sad news of Churchill’s mouse. The story goes…

To reverse the Daily Mail’s Brexit stance would be editorial suicide

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Awake to the Today programme and ordure being dumped on me by Polly Toynbee while the Mail’s legendary Dame Ann…

It’s the Year of the Slug and I’m at war with the slimy little bastards

9 June 2018 9:00 am

I know some people are fretting about Brexit, and others about the drive-by violence the President is doing to the…

aption: Old age has its pitfalls – but it isn’t without its joys (Photo: Getty)

In my illness and old age, children give me hope

2 June 2018 9:00 am

By 74 it is easy to feel that you have seen it all, done it all, that nothing much surprises…

Cressida Bonas’s diary: Why do I find wedding hats so tricky?

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Monday morning. Sitting in Ed the physio’s waiting room. He is theatreland’s go-to man for fractured bones and torn muscles…

My fans say I could have won the Nobel – if it wasn’t for the bizarre sex

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The family ranch, which my father acquired when I was about six years of age, lay along the banks of…

The perils of speaking in public

12 May 2018 9:00 am

I spend my life moving. Over recent years it was research. Now it’s caused by that research. But I have…

In defence of Olly Robbins

5 May 2018 9:00 am

After reading Christopher Isherwood’s Lions and Shadows, Somerset Maugham remarked: ‘That young man holds the future of the English novel…

Enoch Powell wasn’t racist – he just craved attention

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Dining in splendour beneath Van Dycks as we forked in the delicious venison, it was hard not to agree with…