The strange twilight of British conservatism

The strange twilight of British conservatism

Small Men on the Wrong Side of History reviewed in Catholic Herald This latest book by Ed West comes, therefore, at an opportune time. Small Men on the Wrong Side of History is not a work of political philosophy, but an entertaining, wide-ranging defence and explanation of the conservative way of seeing the world. Alongside some fine knockabout polemic, there is a colourful and lively account of the development of conservatism as a coherent tradition, and… Read on

Why conservatism is doomed

Introducing my book on conservatism pessimism, Small Men on the Wrong Side of History

Why are kids’ books universally woke?

At UnHerd, on children’s books and how they’ve changed. To hear more lamentations about the good old days and how I used to wear an onion in my belt, you can pre-order Small Men on the Wrong Side of History here.

Will coronavirus change the world?

Will coronavirus change the world?

I have a piece at UnHerd on the Black Death and the impact of epidemics on culture and politics. (Obviously COV-19 is going to be somewhat worse than the refular flu, and not as bad as the Spanish flu, I think. I’m not saying it’s anything close to being as bad as plague or smallpox.) 

A short history of Lent (and how to survive it)

A short history of Lent (and how to survive it)

This first appeared in the March 2019 issue of The Field For millions of people around the world March 6 this year marks the start of a rather daunting six weeks of self-denial. To Christians Lent symbolises the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert after being baptised, where according to the Gospel of St Matthew he was ‘led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil’. And so it is a time for self-sacrifice,… Read on

Review of Tom Holland’s Dominion, the mega-long version

Review of Tom Holland’s Dominion, the mega-long version

My review of Tom Holland’s Dominion was published in the Catholic Herald back in October, but the book contained so much of interest I had a draft of 3,500 words before I had to cut it down, so here’s the full thing, if you have time on your hands. The Romans are the most ‘epic’ figures in history, as my young son says about anything he finds cool, exerting a… Read on

The Spectator Book Club podcast: are conservatives doomed?

The Spectator Book Club podcast: are conservatives doomed?

Yes, obviously. 

The things we do for love

The things we do for love

At UnHerd, writing in favour of arranged marriages. One small illustration of the social values of the age comes via a poem celebrating William Marshal, a tournament star and member of Eleanor’s entourage. Marshal went on to serve four kings and helped save Magna Carta, becoming the epitome of medieval chivalry and also providing the inspiration for A Knight’s Tale and Ser Barristan the… Read on

True-Born Englishmen

True-Born Englishmen

At UnHerd, on that whole Horrible Histories Brexit thing and the internet’s worst and weirdest anti-nationalist argument.

War! Famine! Plague!

War! Famine! Plague!

The 14th century had it all. On special offer on kindle offer in the United States, Canada and Britain.