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A paean to lesbian love: Aftershocks, by A.N. Wilson, reviewed

8 September 2018 9:00 am

The polymath writer A.N.Wilson returns to the novel in Aftershocks, working on the template of the 2011 earthquake which devastated…

The eradication of South Georgia’s rats proves we can do anything

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The eradication of South Georgia’s rats is proof that anything can be done

Corpses, clues and Kiwis in Ngaio Marsh’s posthumous novel

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Publishing loves a brand. Few authors of fiction create characters who reach this semi-divine status, but when they do, even…

A cure for wanderlust: 23 hours in economy

Spending 23 hours in economy class will cure anyone’s wanderlust

6 January 2018 9:00 am

For some reason, I decided to go to the other side of the world for Christmas. I may never do…

Should we be hacked off with the haka?

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Kingsley Amis said the most depressing words in the English language were ‘Shall we go straight in?’ — meaning no…

Letters: The Benedictines did not withdraw from the world

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Benedictine engagement Sir: Matthew Parris has missed the point (‘Give me the Anglican option’, 15 April). He compares Rod Dreher’s…

Harvesting apples, illustrated in the medieval handbook Tacuinum Sanitas — which stresses the fruit’s medicinal properties

Apples of discord in today’s supermarkets

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Apple Day, on 21 October, is a newish festival, created in 1990, by the venerable organisation, Common Ground. Intended to…

Rebuilding phase: shipping-container shopping in Christchurch

Aftershocks and polo ponies in Christchurch, New Zealand

12 March 2016 9:00 am

On my first night in Christchurch, I woke at 3.32 a.m. to what felt like an explosion. My bed was…

Post-Brexit banquet: Argentinian beef, best served with South African wine

How to invest if you’re sure we’re heading for Brexit

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Exporters and service firms can thrive outside the EU

Two big hitters leave the crease: Brendon McCullum and Hugh McIlvanney

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Two great men have just bowed out from their chosen trades and it is bloody sad. The New Zealand cricket…

If the government have their way, will Radio 4’s dramas be broken up by ads for dentures?

1 August 2015 9:00 am

‘Bait by Cartier,’ she growls as her priceless diamond bracelet is strapped to a piece of rope and dropped overboard…

‘Another terrible thing...’: a novel of pain and grief with courage and style

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Nobody Is Ever Missing takes its title from John Berryman’s ‘Dream Song 29’, a poem which I’d always thought related…

Sam Neill’s diary: Back in Blighty, remembering drinking binges of yore

3 May 2014 9:00 am

I am back in the UK for work. Great time to turn up — after the grim, grey grind of…

Warning: upspeak can wreck your career

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Upspeak can damage your career prospects

Hurrah for Andrew Strauss

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Andrew Strauss is a serious man and Driving Ambition (Hodder, £20, Spectator Bookshop, £18) is a serious book. It looks…

How to conduct a Tallis motet in a cardboard cathedral

2 November 2013 9:00 am

To undertake a concert tour of New Zealand’s cathedrals at the moment is to be constantly reminded of the destructive…