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Washed up in Istanbul: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World, by Elif Shafak, reviewed

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Elif Shafak once described Istanbul as a set of matryoshka dolls: a place where anything was possible. As with much…

Andrei Navrozov.

The gambler and the hooker: Awful Beauty, by Andrei Navrozov, reviewed

8 December 2018 9:00 am

This book — the title is from Pasternak —is billed as ‘literary fiction’. The narrator, a Russian gambler and drinker…

I rented out my home. The tenants turned it into a brothel

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Part-time landlords should beware...

‘The Angel of Mercy’, c.1746, by Joseph Highmore

The painting that revealed the shocking truth of being a woman in Georgian society

23 September 2017 9:00 am

At the heart of Basic Instincts, the new exhibition at the Foundling Museum in London, is an extraordinarily powerful painting…

Letters: On campus censoriousness, by an American student in Britain

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Campus censoriousness Sir: I am so grateful to Madeleine Kearns for having the courage to speak out about her experiences…

Letters: Why General Lee is much maligned

26 August 2017 9:00 am

In defence of General Lee Sir: In your leader ‘America’s identity crisis’ (19 August) you state that ‘When General Lee…

Most ‘sex workers’ are modern-day slaves

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Prostitution is rarely, if ever, a choice

Thick as thieves in Georgian London

25 February 2017 9:00 am

‘To get a confession from a proud male factor, it is always better to call for a poet than a…

Very little theatre is important or valuable. This is: Young Vic’s See Me Now reviewed

25 February 2017 9:00 am

What does it take to become a prostitute? Youth, beauty, courage, sexual allure, a love of money, a need for…

Frédéric Bouchot’s ‘L’envie’. From Paris comique, livre album (1842). Illustration from The Silhouette from the 18th Century to the present Day

The best art books of 2016

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Suitably for a year so full of cataclysms and disturbing portents, 2016 is the quincentenary of the death of Hieronymus…

Should I take a hooker to Taki’s 80th birthday party?

1 October 2016 9:00 am

I stood in front of the mirror in the £61-a-night hotel room in Paddington, buttoned my polyester dinner jacket and…

View looking towards the west façade of old St Paul’s Cathedral. On the right are the ruins of St Anne’s, Blackfriars. On the left, flames engulf Ludgate, one of the gates of the City of London

The Great Fire of London’s silver lining

3 September 2016 9:00 am

It was the brightest of futures; it was the End of Days. Three hundred and fifty years before Brexit, England…

Don’t preach to prostitutes, says Charlotte Shane

11 June 2016 9:00 am

The premise of Kat Banyard’s Pimp State is a familiar one: sex work — a phrase the author rejects as…

A poster from the 1930s advertising Shanghai

'Wicked old Paris of the Orient': a portrait of 1930s Shanghai

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Here’s the Mandarin for ooh-la-la! As Taras Grescoe, a respected Canadian writer of nonfiction, shows in this marvellous, microscopically descriptive…

Sorry, but saying ‘sex worker’ won’t lift the stigma

23 April 2016 9:00 am

‘Of course,’ said my husband in his worst smirky way, as though waiting for an appreciative chuckle, ‘as soon as…

Modern Italy’s heart of darkness

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Valerio Varesi, the Turin-born crime writer, displays a typically Italian interest (I would say) in conspiracy theory. The Italian term…

Small comfort: a mother, whose only son was killed in a car accident at the age of 23, holds a picture of him as a child. Many such bereaved parents, unable to conceive again and struggling to support themselves in later life, say they have nothing left to live for

China’s brutal one-child policy will be catastrophic for us all

16 January 2016 9:00 am

China’s brutal one-child policy was not only inhuman; it will profoundly damage the rest of the world, says Hilary Spurling

How they tried (and failed) to make ‘La Marseillaise’ nicer

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Friendly words England football fans sang ‘La Marseillaise’ in a friendly match at Wembley. The anthem has not always been…

Bob Monkhouse, John Lennon and prostitution: Lloyd Evans’s Edinburgh Fringe picks

22 August 2015 9:00 am

In the clammy shadows of Cowgate I was leafleted by a chubby beauty wearing all-leather fetish gear. ‘Hi! Want to…

Sex and squalor in San Francisco

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Frog Music begins with a crime against a young mother, committed in a tiny space. Unlike Emma Donoghue’s bestselling novel…

Spectator letters: Bereaved parents against press regulation, and a defence of Tony Benn

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Why we need a free press Sir: As bereaved parents and (to borrow from some signatories of last week’s advertisement)…

Where to open your brothel: an international comparison

8 March 2014 9:00 am

The best places to open a brothel The Commons all-party group on prostitution has called for a Scandinavian-style law where…

Hogarth and the harlots of Covent Garden were many things, but they weren't 'bohemians'

2 November 2013 9:00 am

It was Hazlitt who said of Hogarth that his pictures ‘breathe a certain close, greasy, tavern air’, and the same…

How to avoid bankers in your nativity scene

19 October 2013 9:00 am

With an eye to the blasphemy underlying some of the loveliest Renaissance painting, Honor Clerk will be choosing her Christmas cards more carefully this year

Marie Duplessis

The Girl Who Loved Camellias, by Julie Kavanagh - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Verdi’s La Traviata is the story of a courtesan who is redeemed when she gives up the man she loves…