Liverpool

Andrew Marr: Why are people friendly in real life, yet so hateful on Twitter?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

It has been an unqualified delight, even if it is mildly absurd: I have been chairing the judges for this…

Star quality: competition design for the Roman Catholic cathedral, Liverpool, by Denys Lasdun, 1959

The greatest buildings Liverpool never built

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Liverpool has not treated its architects well. Stephen Bayley takes a tour of the bits of the city that were – regrettably – never built

Letters: The mayor of Liverpool has failed to defend free speech

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Liverpudlian censorship Sir: I enjoyed Kelvin MacKenzie’s Diary (29 April). The obloquy thrown at him after his criticism of Everton…

Why it’s wrong to let Liverpool FC ban the Sun

1 April 2017 9:00 am

The comedian Jimmy Carr is not necessarily a guy you would trust on much, but he was spot on the…

I’ve met General McMaster. Hiring him is Donald Trump’s sanest move yet

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Last month, at Policy Exchange, I met a charming, quiet American general called H.R. McMaster. In conversation, I was struck…

Star quality: Chaim Topol as Tevye

Why do people flock to Fiddler on the Roof – a musical about exile, pogroms and poverty?

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Why do people flock to a musical about exile, pogroms and poverty? Neil Armstrong investigates

I always thought the North and classical music didn’t mix

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Years ago, when I met a famous concert pianist, I was surprised when he greeted me in a northern accent.…

Beryl Bainbridge, photographed at home in London in 1980

The indiscreet charm of Beryl Bainbridge

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Philip Hensher found Beryl Bainbridge’s gamine charm irresistible — as did all of literary London. What a pity, then, that her biographer fails to capture it

I voted Leave for my children. They’ll thank me one day

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Junior elitists Sir: In response to Andrew Peters’s reminder that in many cultures it is the older and more experienced…

Prue Leith: British hotels still serve filthy food

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Why do we assume all doctors are good? We don’t think there are no bad cooks or bad plumbers. But…

Manchester isn’t oppressed, Andy Burnham – it’s wildly overrated

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Manchester isn’t downtrodden, whatever Andy Burnham says. Quite the opposite, in fact

The Heckler: love your music, Macca, just not sure about you

7 May 2016 9:00 am

It’s slightly galling, after years of sticking up for Paul McCartney, to read a new biography of the bloke and…

‘The Woodman’s Child’, 1860, by Arthur Hughes

Twee, treacly and tearful: Pre-Raphaelites at the Walker Art Gallery reviewed

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Dear, good, kind, sacrificing Little Nell. Here she is kneeling by a wayside pond, bonnet pushed back, shoes and stockings…

Homage to the Poet Laureate

5 December 2015 9:00 am

These Collected Poems, published halfway through Carol Ann Duffy’s time as poet laureate, make clear that she is a true…

The moral case for gentrification

27 June 2015 9:00 am

To gentrify or not to gentrify. That is the question, says Stephen Bayley

George Osborne interview: smaller government is not enough

7 March 2015 9:00 am

George Osborne on his love affair with Greater Manchester, and his party’s need for ‘a bit of the Heseltine’

Even Cilla’s biographer admits that critics were justified in knocking the ‘prurience ‘of Blind Date

Five of the best celebrity biographies of 2014

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Cilla Black has become a strange creature during her 50 years in showbiz. When her husband Bobby was in hospital…

Matthew Parris: the barbarism of the Twitter mob

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Are we heading for a new barbarism? Is this the return of the 18th-century mob? Here are more questions than…

English tea-chests are thrown into Boston harbour, 16 December 1773

A Labour MP defends the Empire – and only quotes Lenin twice

14 June 2014 8:00 am

In a grand history of the British empire — because that is what this book really is —  you might…

Red or Dead by David Peace - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

The last time David Peace wrote a novel about football he got his publishers sued for libel, which may help…

How do you define a 'northerner'?

8 June 2013 9:00 am

No one seems to agree on what characterises a ‘northerner’, says Philip Hensher, and Paul Morley’s latest book leaves us none the wiser