Nine reasons to be cheerful this year

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Since it’s the first week of the New Year I’m going to pretend the bad stuff isn’t happening and focus…

The ancients and a matter of life and death

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Before he died, the former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, reassured his diocese that he was ‘at peace and…

Last of the swagmen

17 March 2012 10:00 am

I have hitherto resisted my wife’s frequent recommendations that I should read a daily blog about the life of the…

The death of laughter

23 July 2011 12:00 am

If you were stranded on a desert island, Ruth Leon would be the perfect companion.

Sixties mystic

28 May 2011 12:00 am

The misery memoir is the fad of the moment.

Rather in the lurch

9 April 2011 12:00 am

Will it ever end? The romantic interest in the architecture, history and life lived in the country house is as alive today as it was in 1978, when Mark Girouard wrote his seminal Life in the English Country House.

A world of talking trees

19 February 2011 12:00 am

Patrick Cockburn is a foreign correspondent who has reported from war zones in Beirut, Iraq and Afghanistan.

A plague of infinities

11 September 2010 12:00 am

Stephen Hawking is the most distinguished living physicist, who despite the catastrophe of motor neurone disease has been twice married, is a bestselling author and a media super-star.

Mawkish charades

28 August 2010 12:00 am

This book is an engaging rant against the folly, claptrap, self-indulgence and hypocrisy of mankind, written in the brisk and trenchant style which readers of the author’s Spectator articles will recognise.