madness

My Brexiteer friends need some ladders to climb down

4 February 2017 9:00 am

I am worried about the mental state of many Brexiteers. The author of The Spectator’s weekly Notes, Charles Moore, always…

Hurstbourne Park, the Earl of Portsmouth’s family home in Hampshire, provided the only protection and stability in his life

The fascinating, disturbing tale of the mad Earl of Portsmouth

8 October 2016 9:00 am

The 55-year-old ’flu-ridden John Charles Wallop, 3rd Earl of Portsmouth, his feet in a basin of warm water, shivered in…

How I survived my nightmare upbringing, by Ariel Leve

30 July 2016 9:00 am

All parents worry about the extent to which their children will expose their private weirdness to the world. They tell…

La France as I knew her n’existe plus

23 July 2016 9:00 am

From my bedroom window I can see a little girl with blonde pigtails riding her bicycle round and round for…

Can a nutter also be a terrorist?

25 June 2016 8:00 am

When is a nutter not a nutter, but a politically motivated terrorist? And are those two states of being always…

Val McDermid’s Diary: Facing 3,000 choices at the Edinburgh festival

29 August 2015 9:00 am

There are many good reasons for being in Edinburgh in August, when the population doubles and nobody looks twice if…

The artist who only turned into a major painter once he became a homicidal maniac

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Charles Dickens’s description of Cobham Park, Kent, in The Pickwick Papers makes it seem a perfect English landscape. Among its…

Women go off the rails

18 April 2015 9:00 am

The Lost Child begins with a scene of 18th-century distress and dissolution down by the docks, as a woman —…

They sought paradise in a Scottish field — and found hunger, boredom and mosquitoes

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Dylan Evans, the author of this book, was one of those oddballs who rather looked forward to the apocalypse, because…