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Alexander Larman

Alexander Larman is the books editor of The Spectator’s World edition and the author of titles including The Crown in Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication and Byron’s Women.

Europe

What’s wrong with Queen Elizabeth?

Something might well be wrong

By Alexander Larman

Film

Mel Gibson defies the keyboard cancelers

The bête noire for liberals in Hollywood is back yet again

By Alexander Larman

Books

Turning the page on James Bond

James Bond was first a literary hero

By Alexander Larman

Film

Wanted this Halloween: terror films, not horror

No more joyless Michael Myers slogs!

By Alexander Larman

Television

Succession is the wittiest, darkest show on TV

The narcissism of the self-absorbed rich is always fun to watch

By Alexander Larman

Television

Squid Game’s bloody attack on inequality and dehumanization

Netflix’s biggest hit ever startles us with our own powerlessness

By Alexander Larman

Books

Dave Eggers cancels Amazon

The novelist is selling his latest only at independent bookstores, but can it work?

By Alexander Larman

Business

Did the music industry enable R. Kelly?

Those who made money from him must have been aware of the allegations

By Alexander Larman

Books

Why isn’t Netflix canceling Roald Dahl?

There’s money to be made in spite of his anti-Semitism and contempt for big business

By Alexander Larman

Television

The Crown will long reign o’er the Emmys

The show is a comforting reminder of when the British royal family was unassailable

By Alexander Larman

Theater

Shakespeare is getting trigger warnings

Shakespeare, after decades of being found to be Problematic, is now being reclaimed as the wokemeister-in-chief

By Alexander Larman

Politics

The smug self-satisfaction of the Met Gala

The powerful hypocritically signal their virtue while everyone else laughs

By Alexander Larman

Television

Life on campus is so much worse than The Chair suggests

Netflix’s new campus comedy-drama is a combination of liberal wish-fulfillment and bracing political incorrectness

By Alexander Larman

Books

The cult of Sally Rooney

Not a godlike millennial sage, but a talented author at the start of a promising career

By Alexander Larman

Television

Britain: please take James Corden back

His schtick is wearing thin

By Alexander Larman

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