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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.

Book Review

Warning: this book may make you like Bono

Surrender is full of wry asides on fame, faith and self-flagellation

By Alexander Larman

Television

A subtly mournful Crown lands in the post-Elizabeth era

Factual inaccuracies aside, the fifth season sits very well in our current time

By Alexander Larman

Film

Elections are always better in the movies

Reality, alas, will always struggle to improve on fiction

By Alexander Larman

Film

Paul Newman was and wasn’t the nicest of men

His memoir suggests a kernel of decency that saw him through his dark nights of the soul

By Alexander Larman

Film

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was a grand and glorious folly

Scorned at the time, it’s today recognized as The Godfather of vampire movies

By Alexander Larman

Books

Prince Harry’s Spare will make the royals nervous

But he shouldn’t delude himself about why people will be buying this book

By Alexander Larman

Book Review

Nick Cave’s musings on life, death and creativity

Faith, Hope and Carnage by Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan reviewed

By Alexander Larman

Television

The Crown is inaccurate and impossible not to watch

The latest season touches off a firestorm yet the show has always skirted a fine line

By Alexander Larman

Film

Angela Lansbury was so much more than Murder, She Wrote

Her passing demands a reflection on a stunning career

By Alexander Larman

Book Review

Alan Rickman and the misery of being famous

He was an in-demand movie star yet it seemed to bring him only stress and unhappiness

By Alexander Larman

Books

Free expression after the Rushdie attack

It was an assault on literary free speech itself

By Alexander Larman

Europe

Queen Elizabeth II made a difference — to Britain and the world

Her commitment to duty was remarkable

By Alexander Larman

Film

Is Will Smith too toxic to be taken seriously?

His latest project is Oscar gold, but the actor is not

By Alexander Larman

Podcasts

Meghan makes it all about herself, again

After a pause to mark the Queen’s death, the Duchess of Sussex show goes on

By Alexander Larman

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