Journalism

The hypocrisy of our politicians’ support for press freedom

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Where were politicians when journalists needed them?

Sports journalism in Britain is being attacked by an American predator

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Forty years ago the football transfer market went crazy: the British record was broken four times in 1979, more than…

Where were you when you read John Hersey’s ‘Hiroshima’?

18 May 2019 9:00 am

Of how many magazine articles can you recall where you were and what you felt when you read them? If…

Why would anyone in their right mind choose to be profiled by Janet Malcolm?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

God, I wish I was Janet Malcolm. Fifty or more years as a staff writer on the New Yorker, reviews…

Mary, Mary, quite contrary: Mary Quant and fellow-revolutionary Vidal Sassoon in 1964

My ringside seat on the Mary Quant revolution

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Veteran fashion editor Brigid Keenan remembers Mary Quant’s key role in the youthquake that shook 1960s England

Slow-moving tale with a strong echo of Brideshead: Alys, Always at the Bridge reviewed

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Nicholas Hytner’s new show, Alys, Always, is based on a Harriet Lane novel that carries a strong echo of Brideshead.…

Left: cartoon of Hector Berlioz published in the Wiener Theaterzeitung in 1846. Right: the composer in 1863, aged 59

David Cairns explains how we learned to love Berlioz

2 March 2019 9:00 am

For a century the visionary composer was seen as a freak, but finally, 150 years after his death, his time has come

Mesmerising: Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin in A Private War

The film makes you ashamed to call yourself a journalist: A Private War reviewed

16 February 2019 9:00 am

A Private War is a biopic of the celebrated Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin who was, judging from this,…

Tracey Thorn performing at the Palace, Los Angeles in 1985

The day I woke up... to hear that only Tracey Thorn loved me

9 February 2019 9:00 am

It’s unusual for musicians to become writers. The trajectory of yearning is meant to be the other way around. When…

Auberon Waugh when standing for the Dog Lovers’ Party against Jeremy Thorpe in the 1979 general election. Credit: Getty Images

Auberon Waugh — a demon on the page, an angel off it

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Auberon Waugh was happy to admit that most journalism is merely tomorrow’s chip paper but, of all the journalists of…

Investigative journalists: new crime fiction reviewed

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Despite being well-travelled as the BBC’s world affairs editor, John Simpson doesn’t roam far from home in his spy thriller,…

Critical injuries: the perils of book reviews

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The perils of book reviews

How do you snare a journalist? Offer an “award”!

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Hacks love winning awards – and lobbyists know it

Sharp practice: Olivia Cooke and Claudia Jessie in Vanity Fair

Bad news for fans of good TV drama – there’s three more corkers to keep up with

8 September 2018 9:00 am

This week was bad news for fans of good television drama series — mainly because there’s now three more of…

What will Katie Hopkins do next?

9 December 2017 9:00 am

In her memoir Rude, the former Mail Online columnist Katie Hopkins reveals her true self. She does this by accident,…

Adam Gopnik: 30 years of New Yorker life

21 October 2017 9:00 am

When Adam Gopnik arrived in Manhattan in late 1980 he was an art history postgrad so poor that he and…

How internet paywalls are making us all dumber

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Thanks to meteoric advances in computational power, it is now possible to take abundant data from a wide range of…

Almeida’s new play about the Sun is exactly as I remember it, says Kelvin MacKenzie

1 July 2017 9:00 am

It was most odd. Four decades after I’d walked into the Sun to start my first shift as a news…

Arundhati Roy’s new big cause: the conflict in Kashmir

3 June 2017 9:00 am

Arundhati Roy has published only one previous novel, but that one, The God of Small Things, won the Booker Prize.…

Journalists have a lot to answer for

20 May 2017 9:00 am

At a chic dinner party last week, a Trump insider gossiped about an American president having had an affair with…

You’re an editor now George Osborne... it’s time you made some enemies

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Dear George Osborne, I thought it worth passing along some advice about your new job. I’ve never edited a news-paper,…

Liberal lefties should relish hating the Daily Mail while they can

15 April 2017 9:00 am

According to Private Eye, executives at the Daily Mail were alarmed by the impending publication of Adrian Addison’s new history…

David Tennant is magical: Don Juan in Soho reviewed

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Don Juan in Soho rehashes an old Spanish yarn about a sexual glutton ruined by his appetite. Setting the story…

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer takes questions during the daily press briefing (Getty)

Why I’m falling in love with Sean Spicer

25 March 2017 9:00 am

At last, someone is taking on the pompous White House hacks

A mother and child, refugees from Raqqa, wait to cross into Turkey in September 2014

The brutality and barbarism of everyday life in Raqqa

11 March 2017 9:00 am

In my work as a reviewer, a small, steady proportion of all the books publishers send me concern the Holocaust.…