Police from Romania and Poland work in London alongside Metropolitan police officers in the fight against offenders from abroad Photo: Getty

I’d rather have a German next door too — and I have the figures to show why

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Should we be worried about the vast numbers of German-born people living covertly in the United Kingdom? The Office for…

Spectator letters: On wind turbines, Churchill's only exam success, and the red-trousered mayor of Bristol

19 April 2014 9:00 am

When the wind blows Sir: Clare Oxford’s piece (‘Gone with the wind turbines’, 12 April) is both timely and sad.…

Spectator letters: Interpreting Islam, and Spectator-reading thieves

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Chapter and verse on Islam Sir: Irshad Manji’s generally very sensible article on ‘Reclaiming Islam’ (29 March) suggests using the…

Spectator letters: Interpreting Islam, and Spectator-reading thieves

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Chapter and verse on Islam Sir: Irshad Manji’s generally very sensible article on ‘Reclaiming Islam’ (29 March) suggests using the…


Six months as a TV critic, and I’ve seen enough corpses to last a lifetime

22 March 2014 9:00 am

It was Shetland that tipped me over the edge. Not the place, but the TV series. Although that’s set in…

Babar creator Laurent de Brunhoff Photo: Nathan Denette/AP/PA

Alexander McCall Smith’s diary: Meeting Babar’s creator

8 February 2014 9:00 am

As any author will tell you, literary festivals differ widely. If you are invited to Willy Dalrymple’s Jaipur Festival, with…

A marijuana store in Colorado

The only way to end the war on drugs is to stop fighting it

11 January 2014 9:00 am

It’s surprisingly boring, legalising weed. In Colorado, where recreational doobie has been utterly without censure for, ooh, about a week…

Barometer: Spain’s own version of Gibraltar

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Other people’s rocks Spain threatened to introduce a €40 border-crossing charge and find other ways of making life difficult for…

Crime fiction - review

8 June 2013 9:00 am

‘We no longer believe in God but hope nevertheless for miracles,’ remarks Frederic Mordaunt, one of the characters of John…

Gin Lane

Less alcohol, fewer drugs: how the British seem to be shedding their harmful habits

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Contrary to popular belief, Britons’ harmful habits seem to be on the wane

Crime fiction reviewed by Andrew Taylor

18 May 2013 9:00 am

An epigraph taken from Goebbels’s only published novel certainly makes a book stand out from the crowd. A Man Without…

Burglar's Entrance

The thrill of the chase

18 May 2013 9:00 am

I was in my garden office on Monday afternoon when I heard a loud noise behind me, as if someone…


A date with death

2 June 2012 7:00 pm

On 8 January 1937, an old man was taking his prize songbird for an early morning walk in the eastern…


The American way of justice

21 April 2012 12:00 pm

Conrad Black sympathises with the NatWest Three — victims of British cowardice and a corrupt US legal system



3 September 2011 12:00 am

How to bury a body


Art for ransom

27 August 2011 10:00 am

These two books make mutually illuminating and surprisingly contrasting companions, given the similarity of their subjects.

Recent crime fiction

23 July 2011 12:00 am

John Lawton’s Inspector Troy series constantly surprises.

Recent crime fiction

4 June 2011 12:00 am

Mo Hayder has a considerable and well-deserved reputation as a writer of horrific crime novels that often revolve around the physical violence men do to women.

Recent crime fiction

9 April 2011 12:00 am

Henning Mankell bestrides the landscape of Scandavian crime fiction like a despondent colossus.


Massacre of the innocents

12 March 2011 12:00 am

‘La justice flétrit, la prison corrompt et la société a les criminels qu’elle mérite’ — Justice withers, prison corrupts, and society gets the criminals it deserves.

When the best defence is no defence

12 March 2011 12:00 am

This remarkable book is the account by their lawyer of the trial, imprisonment and sentencing to death in the late Eighties of a group of young men who came to be known as the Delmas Four.


Theatre of the macabre

8 January 2011 12:00 am

Sam Leith marvels at Victorian Britain’s appetite for crime, where a public hanging was considered a family day out and murder became a lurid industry in itself

Mean streets

27 November 2010 12:00 am

The best recent crime thrillers have an urban setting, according to Andrew Taylor

Troubled waters

29 September 2010 12:00 am

This is the fifth in C. J. Sansom’s engrossing series of Tudor crime novels.


Innocents abroad

18 September 2010 12:00 am

In John le Carré’s fiction, personal morality collides messily with the grimly cynical expediencies of global politics.