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10,000 Not Out

The History of The Spectator 1828 - 2020

David Butterfield Morten Morland



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Unicorn Publishing Group
21 September 2020
There is no journal with a livelier and richer history than The Spectator. As well as being the world's oldest current affairs magazine, none has been closer over the last two centuries to spheres of power and influence in Britain. First issued in 1828, during the dying days of the Georgian era, The Spectator came out ready to spar - with the Tories and their Prime Minister, the Duke of Wellington, with a corrupt political system, and with the lacklustre literary world of the day. Over the subsequent 52 Prime Ministers, The Spectator has not only watched the world change but waded into the fray: it has campaigned on consistently liberal lines, fighting for voters' rights, free trade, the free press and the decriminalisation of homosexuality, while offering open-minded criticism of every modern taboo and orthodoxy.

10,000 Not Out celebrates the 10,000th issue and recounts the turbulent and tortuous tale of 192 years chock-full of crises and campaigns, of literary flair and barbed wit. Eight chapters chart in technicolour the evolution of the title - from radical weekly newspaper, to moralising Victorian guardian, to wartime watchdog, to satirical magazine, to High-Tory counsellor, to the irreverent but influential The Spectator of the twenty-first century. The book weaves together copious quotations from the magazine's unparalleled archive, the contemporary press, private letters and staff anecdote.
By:   David Butterfield
Cover design or artwork by:   Morten Morland
Imprint:   Unicorn Publishing Group
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 276mm,  Width: 210mm, 
ISBN:   9781912690817
ISBN 10:   1912690810
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   21 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Butterfield is a Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics. His academic research covers Latin literature, ancient philosophy and the history of scholarship. Previous books have studied the philosopher-poet Lucretius, the polymath Varro and the scholar-poet A.E. Housman. Outside the classical world, he has written regularly on any subject other than politics for The Spectator, where he is a contributing editor.

Reviews for 10,000 Not Out: The History of The Spectator 1828 - 2020

A gem of a book--in the hands of a superb writer. Butterfield's attention to detail is fabulous, his storytelling magnificent and his playful affection for these often larger than life characters makes them leap off the page. A delight. --Emily Maitlis, Newsnight (UK) A rich and beautifully crafted chronicle, often hilarious and always informative. --A. N. Wilson, author of Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy More than individually surprising discoveries about people and their strange ways, this history presents an intriguing moving picture of life inside Britain's oldest weekly. --Christopher Howse, Daily Telegraph (UK) In the glutinous consensus of New Britain, The Spectator is a refuge for logic, fun and good writing. It challenges the orthodoxy, whatever that happens to be. It will continue to set the political agenda, and to debunk it. --Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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