Wimbledon

The true winner of this World Cup? Russia

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Like most people with any taste, I like the odd vodka, I love Crime and Punishment, I enjoy Turgenev and…

A Wimbledon-themed tea has little to do with tennis, but I loved it: Claridges reviewed

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Claridge’s is a toff sanctuary and one of the best hotels on earth. It specialises in its own myth, which…

The rivals: Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason as Bjorn Borg in Borg vs McEnroe

It gets us from A to B but doesn’t dazzle: Borg vs McEnroe reviewed

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Borg vs McEnroe is a dramatised account of one of the greatest tennis rivalries of all time — between Bjorn…

Apart from Rog, Wimbledon 2017 was a disgrace

22 July 2017 9:00 am

For obvious reasons this column always welcomes ‘King Roger Rules The World’ headlines on the back pages. And the front…

Is Johanna Konta British?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

‘Plastic Brits’ challenge our notions about nationality

My wife’s revenge has me at break point

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Fifteen years ago, when I was The Spectator’s drama critic, Caroline used to complain that she had become a ‘theatre…

McEnroe serving in a mixed doubles match with Steffi Graf at Wimbledon, 1999

John McEnroe’s book too far

8 July 2017 9:00 am

John McEnroe’s father calls. In fact, he calls McEnroe’s manager’s phone, presumably because dad doesn’t have a direct line to…

‘Tennis’, 1930, by Eric Ravilious

How artists from Ravilious to Rauschenberg fell for tennis

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Tennis is best played with a wooden racket on a shady lawn somewhere close to Dorking. There is no need…

Andy Murray's ace – and we need to support him

1 July 2017 9:00 am

It’s time for all tennis fans to get behind Murray

Pakistan’s cricket team and the power of redemption

24 June 2017 9:00 am

The Pakistan supporter was festooned in cream and green, and carried a chalkboard round his neck with the legend: ‘My…

Sick of Brexit? Here are the silly-season stories you could have had

9 July 2016 9:00 am

There’s something a little-dispiriting about waking up one morning to find that our elected politicians are even more psychopathic, deranged…

The content was clearly a secondary consideration: Brian Cox’s Forces of Nature reviewed

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Pop idol turned top boffin Brian Cox doesn’t shy away from the big issues. With programmes such as Wonders of…

The tricks Fred Perry played to stay one-up at Wimbledon

9 July 2016 9:00 am

What a well-behaved Wimbledon. Apart from a bit of racket-smashing (most of the ladies), low-level swearing (Nick Kyrgios), tantrums (Kyrgios),…

When referendum re-runs go the ‘wrong’ way

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Repeat until fade More than three million voters disappointed by the result of the EU referendum have signed a petition…

Sweet and sour: how eating too much sugar affect more than your waistline

7 May 2016 9:00 am

The effect sugar has on our health goes far beyond the size of our waistlines

A crime novel so incompetent it might have been written by a child

25 July 2015 9:00 am

First, a quote from the novel under review. The context: it is a flashback scene of the behaviour of a…

Ancient and Modern: Juvenal and Cicero on whether grunting has a place in sport

18 July 2015 9:00 am

What a pleasure it was to watch the men’s final at Wimbledon contested with a minimum of grunting, exclaiming and…

Rachel Johnson’s diary: Why I told my book party I was coming out as a lesbian

27 June 2015 9:00 am

My husband says I only write books in order to have a launch party. Not so. I also write books…

Why sport and sham morality go so well together

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Why sport and sham morality go so well together

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Portrait of the week

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Home Secretary, ordered a review, taking perhaps ten weeks, by Peter Wanless, the head of the…

Radio review: Malcolm Gladwell’s masterclass on listening

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Out and about in Surrey on Sunday I happened upon a scene that could have been played out 77 years…

Spectator sport: Why Andy Murray may be the greatest sportsman Britain has produced

13 July 2013 9:00 am

There’s nothing we old folk like more than a chat about how poorly all our friends and acquaintances are. This…

Mourning Julia Gillard with the greatest wine ever to come out of Australia

6 July 2013 9:00 am

My Australian friend was in mourning over the removal of Julia Gillard, the country’s first female prime minister. She had…

Pippa Middleton’s diary: What are you scared of, Boris?

29 June 2013 9:00 am

Ah, good old Wimbledon: a fortnight of rhythmic ball thumping, ooh-ing at Federer’s forehand, aah-ing at Djoko the elastic athlete,…

There’s no feud like an old feud, especially in sport

29 June 2013 9:00 am

Many years ago, when I used to work for the Guardian, Germaine Greer, who was then a columnist for the…