Culture
21 June 2010
Short of an autobiography - which Paul Johnson says he does not intend to write - Brief Lives is the next best thing....
Culture
19 February 2010
On the back of this book is a testimonial from Matthew Parris, now the nation's best-loved journalist (replacing Bill...
Culture
05 February 2009
If I were writing the Diary for the celebrity-obsessed Spectator, I would undoubtedly start by describing how, at a...
Books
06 November 2008
Soon after Anthony Sampson had come down from Oxford in 1951, one of his friends from there, the young South African...
Books
24 October 2005
Until I read these previously suppressed diaries Duff Cooper was one of my political heroes, as he was to many others...
Books
14 February 2005
If a job - in this case, to write another biography of Harold Nicolson - is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well...
Books
07 June 2004
In Stanley Kubrick's celebrated film, Dr Strangelove is portrayed as mad. What else could explain his willingness to...
Politics
12 May 2003
This book recounts, for the first time, as extraordinary a story as I have ever read, or heard of; and were the author...
Books
21 October 2002
Only by first being made aware of just how unsuitable Max Hastings was to occupy the editorial chair of that great high...
Books
30 September 2002
If the BBC was the only great institution created by Britain in the 20th century - which it was - then Panorama was...
Books
12 August 2002
It is difficult to say whether John Junor, editor of the Sunday Express in its glory years - the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s...
Law
22 July 2002
What do I immediately think of when hearing the word "youth"? Increasingly - and most recently hearing young Henmaniacs...
Politics
25 June 2001
"Not the despotism of a prince but the condition of a gentleman was the great object of the French Revolutionary attack...

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