Alan Judd


Bletchley Park was decades ahead of Silicon Valley. So what happened?

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Gordon Corera, best known as the security correspondent for BBC News, somehow finds time to write authoritative, well-researched and readable…

A meeting between the Vichy and Nazi chiefs, 1941 Photo: Popperfoto/Getty

The cold, remote plateau of Vichy France where good was done

28 June 2014 9:00 am

It is with a heavy heart that I pick up anything to do with the Holocaust. Not because it’s wearisome…

Stirling Moss at last year’s Goodwood

Goodwood Festival of Speed

24 May 2014 9:00 am

You smelt them, it was said of the Mongol hordes, before you heard them, and by the time you heard…

The Vikings arrive in England during the second wave of migration (Scandinavian school, 10th century)

Civilisation’s watery superhighway

29 March 2014 9:00 am

The clue is in the title: this is not about the blue-grey-green wet stuff that covers 70 per cent of…

The true father of the navy: Henry VIII embarks on the Henry Grace à Dieu in 1520. Detail from a painting by Vincent Volpi

Empire of the Deep, by Ben Wilson - review

3 August 2013 9:00 am

‘I never before came across a man whom I could fancy being a Napoleon or a Nelson…His ascendancy over everybody…

A Delicate Truth, by John le Carré - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

John Le Carré is one of a select group of novelists whose vivid and internally coherent imaginative worlds are so…

Hasty exit strategy

2 March 2013 9:00 am

For years after the rug was pulled from under it, the British Empire — with a quarter of the globe,…

Lord Halifax

A narrow escape

8 December 2012 9:00 am

C.J. Sansom is deservedly famous for his Shardlake crime novels, featuring a 16th-century lawyer on the fringes of the court.…

An exhausting mixture of boredom and concentration

3 November 2012 9:00 am

The wartime code-breaking successes of Bletchley Park are deservedly well known.  The story of how they decrypted German and Japanese…

I, spy? ‘A Man called Christopher Marlowe’, 1585, by an unknown English artist, oil on panel, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

The English inquisition

8 September 2012 9:00 am

Early on in this fascinating history Stephen Alford makes an important point: because Elizabeth I and the settlement between monarchy,…


Downton for adults

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Alan Judd and Sara Haslam on Tom Stoppard’s television adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End


Mission accomplished

12 May 2012 10:00 am

Two shots killed Osama bin Laden, one in his chest and one in his left eye. ‘Two taps’ is standard…

Ways of making men talk

24 March 2012 12:15 pm

Eric Rosenbach is a former academic who is now deputy assistant secretary of defence in Washington. Aki Peritz used to…

Motoring: Snow patrol

11 February 2012 1:00 pm

The American poet Robert Frost wrote memorably of pausing on his pony in the snow and looking longingly into woods…

Motoring: Value for money

14 January 2012 1:00 pm

The concept of cheap and cheerful appeals for the obvious reasons: the prospect of something-for-(nearly)-nothing; the assumption that it does…


Bookends: The year of living dangerously

14 January 2012 10:00 am

Most people who recall 1976 do so for its appallingly hot summer, when parks turned brown and roads melted. Some…

Motoring: Fashion statement

17 December 2011 11:00 pm

In The Spectator of 27 August I reviewed the new Range Rover Evoque despite not having driven it; a narcissistic…

Motoring: Extreme driving

19 November 2011 12:00 pm

One week, two convertibles. The first, a 40-year-old held together by rust, with doors so warped I’ve taken them off,…

Motoring: Question of speed

22 October 2011 5:00 pm

I should have used the Discovery 3 to tow an ancient and heavy horse-trailer loaded with well over a ton…


24 September 2011 12:00 am

Beware the vultures

The human factor

17 September 2011 12:00 am

Accounts of the secret world usually fall into one of two camps, the authoritative or the popular.  The authoritative —…

Motoring:  Feel-good factor

27 August 2011 6:00 pm

 Feel-good factor

The ne plus Ultra

23 July 2011 12:00 am

The story of Bletchley Park, MI6’s second world war code-breaking operation, has grown with the telling since the early 1970s accounts — although, as Briggs points out, Bletchley’s first public disclosure was in Time magazine in December 1945.



16 July 2011 10:00 am

I like books with weather and there’s plenty in this one, all bad, which is even better. Set in London during a cold winter, Blue Monday (Penguin, £12.99) is the first of a new series for Nicci French, the successful husband and wife author team.

Motoring: Simple love

16 July 2011 12:00 am

I recently met a gentleman of Dorset who kindly showed me his car collection.