Tag Archives: The Spectator

Harry Potter, Brideshead Revisited and Jeremy Corbin

The London papers are full of comments this week marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter novel. In The Spectator, associate editor Toby Young looks at the political and cultural influences that contributed to J … Continue reading

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Mugwump Redivivus

In the present UK electoral climate, The Spectator has republished a 1959 article by Evelyn Waugh in which he expressed his views of elected governments:  ‘Mugwumps‘ are in the news today, after Boris Johnson used the term to describe Jeremy Corbyn. In the … Continue reading

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More Praise for BBC’s Decline and Fall from the Spectator

The Spectator in a blog column by Douglas Murray has added to its earlier praise for the BBC’s adaptation of Waugh’s Decline and Fall. This follows Friday’s transmission of the final episode of the series and focuses on that episode. But … Continue reading

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Waugh in the Weeklies

The New Statesman’s latest pop culture podcast, entitled SRSLY but pronounced “seriously”, includes a discussion of the BBC’s adaptation of Decline and Fall. This is SRSLY podcast #88 with commentators Caroline Crampton and Anna Leszkiewicz. The discussion of Decline and Fall … Continue reading

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BBC’s Decline and Fall Reviewed in The Tablet and The Spectator

Two of the weeklies are the first off the mark with reviews of Episode 1 of BBC One’s Decline and Fall adaptation the day before it airs. These are by James Delingpole in The Spectator and Lucy Lethbridge in The Tablet and both … Continue reading

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Waugh, Helena and the Gnostics

George Weigel, author and Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, has a written an essay aimed at generating interest in Waugh’s late novel Helena. Writing in the Catholic World Report, Weigel describes the novel … Continue reading

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Waugh in the Papers

There are references to Waugh and his works in several major newspapers. In The Weekend Australian, an article in their opinion section urged Brits, Yanks and Aussies to stop blaming voters they view as irredeemably dim for results such as Brexit, Trump and, in … Continue reading

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Hat Trick for Waugh in The Spectator

This week’s Spectator features three articles mentioning Evelyn Waugh. The first is in a memorial for Tara Palmer-Tomkinson who died this week at the age of 45. The magazine reprints an article she wrote which appeared in the 27 July … Continue reading

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Alexander Chancellor (1940-2017): Savior of The Spectator

Journalist and editor Alexander Chancellor has died at the age of 77. He is probably best known as the man who saved the Spectator. He became editor at a low point in 1975 and remained for 9 years during which the magazine … Continue reading

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Ronald Knox Revival

This week’s issue of The Spectator reviews a new collection of Ronald Knox’s works. This is entitled Ronald Knox: A Man for All Seasons and is edited by Francesca Bugliana Knox, who is related to Knox by marriage. See earlier post about … Continue reading

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