Contributors: February 2020

Leaf Arbuthnot is a freelance journalist. Her first novel, Looking For Eliza, will be published by Orion in May.

Jennifer Arcuri is an American technology entrepreneur. She founded the consultancy Hacker House.

Christopher Bray is a journalist and writer. He is the author of Michael Caine: A Class Act (Faber & Faber).

Nick Cohen is a columnist for the Observer and author of What’s Left? How the Left lost its way (Harper Perennial).

David Cox is a writer and television producer.

Edmund Fawcett is a political journalist and author. His next book, Conservatism, will be published this autumn.

Jonathan Gaisman is a QC practising in commercial law. He used to preside over criminal trials as a Crown Court recorder.

John Gerson is a former diplomat. He is
visiting professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College, London.

Daisy Goodwin is a writer and television producer. She is the creator and writer of the ITV television series Victoria.

Simon Heffer is an academic and journalist. His latest book is The Age of Decadence: Britain 1880 to 1914 (Random House).

Ileana von Hirsch is the author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo (Short Books). She runs Five Star Greece, a travel company.

Peter Hitchens is a columnist for the Mail on Sunday and author. His books include The Rage Against God: Why Faith is the Foundation of Civilisation (Continuum).

Christian House writes about photography.

Helen Joyce is on a sabbatical from the Economist while she writes a book on gender self-ID.

Irene Lancaster is a scholar of Jewish history and thought.

Mark Lawson is a writer and broadcaster. His latest book is the novel, The Allegations (Picador).

Maureen Lipman is an actress, comedian and writer. She currently plays Evelyn Plummer in Coronation Street.

Victor Madeira is an intelligence historian and consultant. He is the author of Britannia and the Bear: The Anglo-Russian Intelligence Wars, 1917-1929 (Boydell & Brewer).

Melanie McDonagh is a journalist.

Jane O’Grady co-founded the London School of Philosophy. Her latest book is
Enlightenment Philosophy in a Nutshell


Kathy O’Shaughnessy is a journalist. Her new novel is In Love With George Eliot (Scribe).

Cindy Polemis is an art historian and official guide at Tate Modern and Tate Britain. She curates art tours and spent many years working for BBC World Service.

Lisbet Rausing is an academic and philanthropist.

Benedict Rogers is a human rights activist and journalist and author of From Burma to Rome: A Journey into the Catholic Church (Gracewing).

Victor Sebestyen is a writer and historian. His books include Lenin the Dictator (Weidenfeld & Nicholson).

Anthony Seldon is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham and is a contemporary historian and political author, most recently of May at 10 (Biteback).

Samir Shah runs Juniper Communications, a production company, and is a former senior BBC news and current affairs executive.

Robert Singh is professor of politics at Birkbeck, University of London. His books include In Defense of the United States Constitution (Routledge).

Ian Shircore is an author and ghostwriter who has written a dozen books under his own name, including Loose Canon: The Extraordinary Songs of Clive James & Pete Atkin (RedDoor Publishing).

Kathleen Stock is professor of philosophy at the University of Sussex. She is currently writing a book on the importance of material reality to feminism.

Tacitus is an army officer.

Nick Thomas-Symonds is MP for Torfean, where he was born, and shadow security minister. He is a barrister and academic, and author of Attlee: A Life in Politics  (I.B. Tauris).

Giles Udy is a writer and historian. He is the author of Labour and the Gulag (Biteback).

Rosie Whitehouse is a journalist and author. She advises Centropa, a Vienna-based Jewish history project, specialising in Holocaust survivors and their stories.

Rowan Williams was Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002-2012. He is master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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