Winston Churchill

Giving the famous V-sign at the opening of RAAF headquarters, Croydon, 1948 [Getty]

Is this the best Churchill biography yet?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Andrew Roberts finds that self-confidence was the key to Churchill’s success, says Philip Ziegler. His new biography is a generous portrait of this most written-about of statesmen

Anita Leslie, aged 23 in 1937 © Tarka Leslie-King

Anita Leslie: sparkling socialite with the Croix de Guerre

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Anita Leslie knew how to tell a story. Arranging to sit for a portrait six months before she died, she…

Boris Johnson: Why we should chuck Chequers

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Surely there is a bit of humbug in this outrage about the two remaining jihadi Beatles, Kotey and Elsheikh, and…

Premier performance: Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill

Andrew Roberts’s guide to Churchill on screen

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Andrew Roberts on the challenges of playing Churchill

Letters: why is the C of E still messing around with the Carlile report?

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The Carlile report Sir: The Bishop of Bath and Wells tells us (Letters, 2 December) that nobody is holding up…

Meghan Markle ticks almost every modern box. Let’s not pretend she’s a tough sell

2 December 2017 9:00 am

We are congratulating ourselves and the royal family on overcoming prejudice by welcoming Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry. But…

C. Day Lewis’s prose was even better than his poetry

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Literary reputation can be a fickle old business. Those garlanded during their lifetimes are often quickly forgotten once dead. Yet…

Alfred the Great’s victory over the Vikings is our foundation myth; Viking Britain reviewed

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Some oleaginous interviewer once suggested to Winston Churchill that he was the greatest Briton who ever lived. The grand old…

Lenin’s New Man has killed free speech

26 August 2017 9:00 am

When the Germans smuggled arguably the world’s most evil man into Russia 100 years ago, they did not imagine the…

Coffee break: why I’ve finally given up on the devil’s brew

24 June 2017 9:00 am

I’ve finally quit the devil’s brew

Indians are getting post-truth history about Winston Churchill

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Did Winston Churchill, like Donald Trump, also like to ‘grab them by the pussy?’ Last week at the Jaipur Literary…

‘Too much caviar, Rita, too much caviar.’ The Aga Khan is seated beside his fourth wife and opposite Rita Hayworth at the reception following her wedding to his son Prince Aly Khan

The French Riviera — a sunny playground for nitwits

5 November 2016 9:00 am

‘Oh the Mediterranean addiction, how we fall for it!’ So sighed Sybille Bedford, who spent the 1920s and 1930s in…

Churchill: no motive 'except that of personal advancement'

3 September 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Mr Churchill’s misfire’, The Spectator, 2 September 1916: There is nothing that democracy so much hates as unfair privilege, and Mr Churchill…

History shows us that children are no asset for a prime minister

16 July 2016 9:00 am

When you are recovering from a stroke, you spend much of the time asleep. But when you are not sleeping,…

A Woolton poster aimed at women: this long overdue book tells the story of one man’s priceless contribution to our war effort

The brilliant businessman who made rationing work

18 June 2016 9:00 am

In wartime the housekeeping is a nightmare. While fighting Napoleon in Spain the Duke of Wellington sent an infuriated letter…

An age of broken promises

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Since when did we assume our leaders were lying to us?

The untrustworthy Winston Churchill, 1916

14 May 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Colonel Winston Churchill’, The Spectator, 13 May 1916: The return of Colonel Churchill to the House of Commons, which we are…

Even the sternest Leavisite critic would find it hard to resist BBC2's Peaky Blinders

7 May 2016 9:00 am

The big returning show of the week began with servants laying out the silverware at a large country house in…

The power of napping... how a daytime doze can boost memory and beat pain

7 May 2016 9:00 am

A daytime doze can boost memory and even overcome pain

Putting a price on Winston Churchill’s head

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Getting a head Barack Obama dismissed Boris Johnson’s accusations that he shown disdain for Sir Winston Churchill by removing a bust…

The kindest man in the Bordeaux wine business

9 April 2016 9:00 am

There was a moment during the war when De Gaulle was being more than usually impossible. Roosevelt, furious, asked Churchill…

George Bell in his study at Chichester Palace in 1943

George Bell: witness to the truth

2 April 2016 9:00 am

George Bell (1883–1958) was, in many respects, a typical Anglican prelate of his era. He went to Westminster and Christ…

Preparing for modern warfare: Indian infantrymen c. 1940

The making of modern India

26 March 2016 9:00 am

The sacrifices made by India on the Allies’ behalf in the second world war would profoundly affect the country’s future for better or worse, says Philip Hensher

Curry and Modafinil with Winston Churchill

24 October 2015 9:00 am

The bar at the Special Forces club has the marvellous rule for newcomers that they should talk to the person…

David Cameron’s place in the premier league of Tory history

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Where will David Cameron rank among Tory prime ministers?