The Spectator

19 January 2019

The rebel alliance

Backbench MPs want to take back control of Brexit. Will they succeed?

Books

‘Volaverunt’ from the Los Caprichos series, 1799, by Francisco Goya
Ernst Jünger in Paris in 1941

Lead book review

Ernst Jünger — reluctant captain of the Wehrmacht

He was an influential figure, who despised Hitler and might have joined the Stauffenberg plot; but he preferred to let the Third Reich destroy itself

Books

How Enoch Powell fancied himself Viceroy of India — and other startling revelations

Naim Attallah’s illustrious interviewees also include John Updike, Diana Mosley, John Mortimer, J.K. Galbraith and Harold Macmillan

Rorke’s Drift: a desperate brawl at a mission station up there with the great battle honours of the British army

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Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat: the story of Rorke’s Drift

After the disaster of Isandlwana, British honour was saved on 22 January 1879 when a tiny garrison famously saw off over 3,000 Zulu warriors

Steel Pulse perform at a concert organised by Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League at Victoria Park, Hackney in 1978.

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How Eric Clapton’s racism sparked a musical revolution

An enraged fan, on hearing Clapton’s xenophobic rant in 1976, announced the formation of Rock Against Racism, whose concerts helped destroy the National Front

Teffi’s satire was always on target, but she balanced it with compassion

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The best way to defeat totalitarianism? Treat it as a joke

It was how Teffi, the beautiful, talented Russian emigrée, saw things, dazzling Paris for decades with her anti-Stalinist squibs

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Is the threat of capital punishment really the foundation of good behaviour?

Richard Wrangham argues persuasively that fear of the ultimate punishment has always been the source of law and order, however much we may wish it otherwise

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Lost in allegory: The Wall, by John Lanchester, reviewed

Is this dystopian novel a Brexit isolationist parable? Trump-era migration satire? Dire climate change pronouncement? Discuss

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Death of a rock star: Slow Motion Ghosts, by Jeff Noon, reviewed

Noon’s constantly surprising novel takes the form of a police procedural, but pushes it in many unexpected directions

It’s all about the owners. The unwavering belief in Leicester City of the late, much loved Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha contributed hugely to its Premier League triumph in the 2015–2016 season

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Pitches in the boardroom: football’s future assured

The Club tells the story of the owners and managers who helped fashion the multi-million-pound Premier League in just a few decades

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Investigative journalists: new crime fiction reviewed

Thrillers from John Simpson and David Mamet feature newspapermen as sleuths. Also reviewed are Ian Rankin and Keigo Higashino

Life at the Globe

Life at the Globe

    IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL PARTNERS OF SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE’S 2019 SUMMER SEASON One of the things about Shakespeare…