Churchill

Mount Longdon, Falkland Islands, where members of the 3rd Parachute Regiment died in fighting on 11–12 June 1982

Helen Parr’s intimate portrait of the Parachute Regiment – Our Boys – captures the essence of modern Britain

22 September 2018 9:00 am

An intimate portrait of the Parachute Regiment manages to capture the history of modern Britain – Rachel Seiffert loved it

Turns out life’s not so easy – just look at Ulysses S. Grant

19 May 2018 9:00 am

When Winston Churchill was at the nadir of his career, he wrote a biography of his ancestor, the Duke of…

Why I won’t see the Darkest Hour

20 January 2018 9:00 am

The BBC programme The Coronation, on Sunday evening, was extremely interesting, principally, of course, because of the Queen’s appearance on…

Making musical history: Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton

Why has there never been a hit musical about the history of Britain?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Why has there never been a hit musical about British history? Iain Hollingshead investigates

French Chasseurs d’Alpin en route to Norway, 1940

The disaster of Norway, 1940: Anatomy of a Campaign reviewed

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Amid the shambles that was the Anglo-French campaign in Norway in April and May 1940, a French officer observed that…

Well-acted, badly written and poorly directed: Churchill reviewed

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The star of this film is the music, composed by Lorne Balfe. I really liked it, which was just as…

Maud Russell: mistress of Mottisfont Abbey — and Ian Fleming

8 April 2017 9:00 am

The name Maud Russell creeps almost apologetically into a few 20th-century diaries such as those of her friend Violet Bonham…

The greatest forgotten achievement of the second world war

1 April 2017 9:00 am

During and after the second world war the Fourteenth Army in Burma became famous as the Forgotten Army, almost as…

To our new man in Nairobi: white farmers need you

10 December 2016 9:00 am

 Kenya I realised I had fallen from grace when we were dropped from the Queen’s birthday party guest list at…

Forbidden love: Rosamund Pike as Ruth Williams and David Oyelowo as Seretse Khama

Such courage, bravery and love – if only we could feel it: A United Kingdom reviewed

26 November 2016 9:00 am

A United Kingdom is based on the greatest love story you probably didn’t have a clue about. I know I…

Astrid Lindgren during the second world war. By 1945 she was suffering from depression and insomnia

Astrid Lindgren’s second world war diaries make for crisp, painful reading

22 October 2016 9:00 am

There’s a glorious scene in Astrid Lindgren’s first Pippi Longstocking book in which her fearless, freckled heroine strides to the…

Trainer Aidan O’Brien – the genius of Ballydoyle

15 October 2016 9:00 am

The only downside about going racing is irritation born of encountering pig ignorant people who talk through their pockets. Beside…

A Special Air Service jeep patrol is greeted by its commander David Stirling on its return from the desert in January 1943

Stirling work with the SAS

8 October 2016 9:00 am

The SAS was the first unit to be granted regimental status for generations. Its chief aim was to damage the…

Lenin on the train to Petrograd. Drawing by Pyotr Vasilievich Vasiliev

Lenin’s long train ride into history

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Full allowance must be made for the desperate tasks to which the German war leaders were already committed… Nevertheless it…

The Limb of Limehouse, from Punch, 1932

Citizen Clem is the biography of a national figure not a Labour man

24 September 2016 9:00 am

History teaches no lessons but we insist on trying to learn from it. There is no political party more sentimental…

Lord George-Brown collapses outside the Palace of Westminster in 1976 after announcing his resignation from the Labour party. His fall was widely assumed to be the result of his heavy drinking

How drunk do we want our MPs?

9 July 2016 9:00 am

In 1964, a newly elected Labour MP was put in charge of the House of Commons kitchen committee. (An unpromising…

My strategy for the first world war — by Allan Mallinson

11 June 2016 9:00 am

In this centenary year of the Somme, it is refreshing to read a book about the Great War that is…

Spectator letters: The EU was never designed to be a democracy

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Democracy or bureaucracy Sir: Professor Garton Ash makes a scholarly appeal for us all to be content with government from…

Guy Burgess

James Klugmann and Guy Burgess: the wasted lives of spies

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Geoff Andrews’s ‘Shadow Man’, James Klugmann, was the talent-spotter, recruiter and mentor of the Cambridge spy ring. From 1962, aged…

The second world war — according to Stalin’s ambassador to London

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Ivan Maisky was the Russian ambassador in London from 1932 to 1943, and his knowledge of London, and affection for…

John Freeman: polymath or psychopath?

15 August 2015 9:00 am

They don’t make Englishmen like the aptly named John Freeman any more. When he died last Christmas just shy of…

Heroically unoriginal: Channel 4’s Humans reviewed

20 June 2015 9:00 am

You’d think scientists might have realised by now that creating a race of super-robots is about as wise as opening…

The subject of immigration has become a means of entrapment

20 June 2015 9:00 am

When I founded the American Conservative 13 years ago — the purpose being to shine a light on the neocon…

Letters: A defence of Catholicism

11 April 2015 9:00 am

In defence of Catholicism Sir: Michael Gove gives an excellent defence of Christianity (4 April), but his embarrassment about the…

RAMC stretcher-bearers from the South Eastern Mounted Brigade enter the Field Ambulance dressing station at Y Ravine. Picture courtesy of Stephen Chambers

The other trenches: the Dardanelles, 100 years on

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Peter Parker discerns classical allusion amid the horror in two books commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign