Evelyn Waugh

Letters: why is the C of E still messing around with the Carlile report?

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The Carlile report Sir: The Bishop of Bath and Wells tells us (Letters, 2 December) that nobody is holding up…

Anthony Powell, by Henry Lamb (1934)

Anthony Powell gets the superb new biography he deserves

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Hilary Spurling impressively captures the essence and the spirit of Anthony Powell, his writing and his era, says Philip Hensher

All’s fair in love, Waugh and wine

23 September 2017 9:00 am

I was reminded of Wild West films from boyhood. Then, the beleaguered garrison scanned the horizon; would the US cavalry…

Spies, plots and a temple of doom

26 August 2017 9:00 am

A CIA agent, a naive young filmmaker, a dilettante heir and a lost Mayan temple form the basis of Ned…

Elizabeth Day’s veiled satire of the Chipping Norton set is a delight

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Arriving at boarding school with the wrong shoes and a teddy bear in his suitcase, the hero of Elizabeth Day’s…

J.K. Rowling’s schizophrenic politics

1 July 2017 9:00 am

On the face of it, there is nothing complicated about the politics of Harry Potter, who made his first appearance…

Vincent Franklin (Mr Prendergast), Jack Whitehall (Paul Pennyfeather) and Douglas Hodge (Captain Grimes) in ‘Decline and Fall’

Jack Whitehall does Waugh proud: BBC1's Decline and Fall reviewed

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Jack Whitehall could have been perfectly awful as Paul Pennyfeather in Decline and Fall (BBC1, Fridays). He has spent most…

Love and loss in America’s wide open spaces

4 February 2017 9:00 am

We know our way around Raymond Carver’s blue-collar cityscapes and Updike’s urban angst and despair. Rick Bass opens a window…

The piety and wit of Monsignor Ronald Knox

21 January 2017 9:00 am

During the second world war, while one brother was editing Punch as a national institution (‘Working with him was a…

We’re all snobs — however much we deny it

10 December 2016 9:00 am

D.J. Taylor’s clever dissection of snobs is really two books in one. Scattered throughout are entertaining, delicious (initially), solemnly related…

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…

Evelyn Waugh in the 1920s

50 years on, here comes Evelyn Waugh's nicer side

16 July 2016 9:00 am

It is 50 years since the death of Evelyn Waugh. Mark Amory wonders if there is anything we don’t know about him

In praise of Rhodesia

16 July 2016 9:00 am

The Spectator readers’ party was as always a swell affair, with long-time subscribers politely mingling with ne’er-do-wells like myself, the…

Let Evelyn Waugh back into Combe Florey churchyard

26 March 2016 9:00 am

My father, Evelyn Waugh, enjoyed pretending to be a horror. He wasn’t

The consolations of old age

9 January 2016 9:00 am

OK sports fans, what do Dame Vivien Duffield and Evelyn Waugh have in common? The answer is absolutely nothing, so…

Elect of God, Conquering Lion of Judah and King of Kings, c.1930

The King of Kings and I: Haile Selassie, by his great nephew

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Great men rarely come smaller than Haile Selassie. In photographs, the golden crowns, pith helmets and grey felt homburgs he…

The strange creatures of Clubland, from Evelyn Waugh to the oligarchs

26 September 2015 8:00 am

When it comes to nightclubs, many have written, but none has surpassed the Perroquet in Debra Dowa. Le tout Debra…

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…

Why I love undertakers

13 June 2015 9:00 am

By looking after the dead, funeral directors allow the living to love and mourn them

Call myself a Low life? You lot put me to shame

6 June 2015 9:00 am

The entries are crawling in on their hands and knees for the ‘drunkest I’ve ever been’ competition to win a…

An innocent abroad defies South Africa’s insane colour code

16 May 2015 9:00 am

At the eye of apartheid South Africa’s storm of insanities was a mania for categorisation. Everything belonged in its place,…

Max Hastings’s diary: The joys of middle age, and Prince Charles’s strange letters

4 April 2015 9:00 am

I am living in rustic seclusion while writing a book. Our only cultural outing of the week was to Newbury…

Back to Bedlam: Patrick Skene Catling on the book that makes madness visible

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Madness is an ancient, evidently inscrutable mystery, often regarded with superstitious fear, yet can provide a refuge from reality. Sometimes,…

You realise how little you know of anybody when they die

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Whether or not you believe in the afterlife, death remains an impenetrable mystery. One moment a person is making jokes…

Bidding a fond, and drunken, farewell to the awe-inspiring Mark Amory

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Rubbing shoulders with political suits on the pavement outside the Westminster Arms, I drank two pints of Spitfire. Pump primed,…