Books
06 June 2005
Julie Myerson's new book is warm, witty and perhaps a little sad, but it is also a little pathetic. I, too, was not a...
Books
06 December 2004
This is an ideal Christmas present for all those who care about the English language or who lament the long absence of...
Books
29 November 2004
This is the most battered book on my shelves. It was read frequently during my early teenage years, and has survived...
Books
28 June 2004
This excellent book is the first in a long while to have kept me reading on into irresponsible hours of the morning. It...
Books
26 April 2004
This is less a political novel than a satirically fictionalised memoir, and will probably be incomprehensible to anyone...
Film
05 April 2004
The claim by some in the Jewish community that The Passion of the Christ is anti-Semitic is both paranoid and...
10 November 2003
I know just how Iain Duncan Smith feels this week. You give your all to your party and it turns on you and then the...
Society
27 October 2003
I am sure that Westbury in Wiltshire is the most wonderful place to spend half an hour, but not if you are stranded on...
UK Politics
11 August 2003
I have been in 135 prisons, Jeffrey Archer has been in three. The difference is that my stays were for a maximum of...
UK Politics
28 April 2003
To like the "Thatcher" exhibition you have to like contemporary art. I do not. When confronted with a multiplicity of...
Culture
25 March 2002
If I had seen Louis when he "met the Hamiltons", before I agreed to his making a documentary about me, I would not have...
Food and Drink
10 December 2001
The question I was most often asked by Anglicans when I joined the Roman Catholic Church was: "How on earth do you put...
Food and Drink
12 November 2001
This is a John Buchanesque tale of intrigue, kidnapping and Scottish nationalism, enlivened by Douglas Hurd's usual...
Books
15 October 2001
Once, as I shared a taxi with Michael Portillo and Tina Stowell, one of William Hague's senior aides, from Conservative...