Douglas Murray

Why T.S. Eliot still matters

His contemporaries’ reputations have diminished. But Eliot’s has grown: he is the poet who shows us what can be saved from the ruins

The Class A drug for bibliomaniacs

‘You can easily spot the bibliomaniacs among the readers, and we tend to egg each other on’

Life-creating libraries

‘It turns out I have a local authority lending library in part to thank for setting me off as a writer’

Found in translation

‘The best translations can be miracles in and of themselves’

The books I wish I’d never read

"This was the great discovery: that books could let you in to places of danger. Perhaps inevitably this included places you regretted having gone"

Shelf life

‘Something in the world of literature we start off reading shows us a world which while sometimes scary is nevertheless still safe’

Living through history

‘Ordinarily, the public should flay this political class at the next available chance. But our options seem deeply limited’

Vienna’s empty streets

‘Walk along any but the main streets of Vienna at any time and you cannot shift the feeling that there just aren’t enough people’

Walk on the wild side

‘The lion wakes me at 3 a.m. as it walks past my tent. It must be some while since an ancestor of mine has had to fear encountering the animal’

Nazis old and new

‘So far as I know there was only one public statue erected in Europe after the war to commemorate a Nazi. And on a recent visit to Dublin I finally managed to visit it’

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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