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- Andrew Ferguson
Senior Writer, the Atlantic
The Spectator was one of the magazines that gave me my start as a writer. It has a gift for irritating readers that it has never lost
- Michael Lewis
Author of The Big Short and Moneyball
Global coverage on what matters
The Spectator is the oldest magazine in the English language, in continuous publication since 1828. With editions around the globe, The Spectator gives you insight and analysis on the inner workings of Downing Street, Pennsylvania Ave and all streets in between.
Read by business and world leaders, we cover the globe and influence the world in a way few can — with irreverence, wit and insight you won’t find anywhere else.
Firm, but unfair
Our writers have no party line; their only allegiance is to clarity of thought, elegance of expression and independence of opinion. Our writers opinions range from left to right, their circumstances from high life to low life. None make any pretense at being impartial: our motto is “firm, but unfair.”
The best of books, arts and life
The Spectator is legendary for presenting the finest stylists, the most coruscating critics and the funniest correspondents. Our Books section is the biggest and best of any monthly magazine, our expert Arts critics are often practitioners with a score to settle and our Life columnists are notorious for flouting law and custom in pursuit of a good time.
More cocktail party than political party
Our magazine’s reputation is founded on our unique approach to the art of journalism and the many brilliant writers we’ve published down the years: G.K. Chesterton, John Buchan, Graham Greene, John Betjeman, Evelyn and Auberon Waugh, Ian Fleming, P.J. O’Rourke, Henry Fairlie, Alexander Chancellor, Iris Murdoch, Christopher and Peter Hitchens, Peregrine Worsthorne, Michael Lewis, Christopher Buckley, Mark Steyn, Rod Liddle, Lionel Shriver...we could go on.
The Spectator is more cocktail party than political party. It is the place to come if you enjoy stimulating, original and funny writing. You might disagree with half of it, but you’ll enjoy reading all of it.