Books
19 February 2007
Every family has ephemeral little narratives that are passed around with the Sunday gravy. In Monica Waitzfelder's...
Books
28 November 2005
In these days of smoking banlieues and new puritanism, nobody reads Colette. She defined Paris as the art nouveau city...
Books
12 September 2005
Not long ago, the author of this work, a former books editor of the Sunday Express, installed himself on my sofa and...
Books
01 November 2004
It was a Faustian deal. For more than a decade, a young Scottish academic wrote everything from acclaimed literary...
Europe
14 June 2004
It's immigration, Jacques, but not as we know it. I spent most of 2002 in the Bearn, a part of rural France so remote...
Culture
16 June 2003
On 31 December 2001, I was with some English friends in a bakery in a small town in France called Sauveterre-de-Bearn....
10 February 2003
There was more anti-war junk than spam in my inbox this week. The majority of my correspondents entreat me in earnest...
Politics
25 December 2000
What have the following got in common: Britney Spears, Tony Blair, Jane Fonda, Paul Boateng, Delia Smith, William Hague...
Politics
30 October 2000
So - farewell to Betty Boothroyd, the first female Speaker of the House of Commons, and hello to a ludicrous seven-hour...
Politics
24 July 2000
In the best traditions of British political life, Alastair Campbell, having spun the government into the ground with...
Politics
19 June 2000
When Hollywood calls, you know you must have hit a nerve. Not until the night that Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey and Demi...
Politics
17 April 2000
Hooray, hooray - next 1 May, all-day drinking will be OK. The government has announced the most radical reform of...
Politics
06 March 2000
The summer holidays of my childhood were an Enid Blyton paradise. We went to a village in West Dorset near Lyme Regis,...
Politics
24 January 2000
Right on, Mo Mowlam. Hand that woman a flower and wish her peace and love. There goes a sister who has kept on trucking...
Politics
05 July 1999
Identity crisis? What identity crisis? Oh, that identity crisis. The Richard Curtis crisis. This is the real dilemma of...