Toby Guise

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Toby Guise is a London-based writer specialising in political culture. He also writes comment for The American Conservative, Taki's Mag, and Tablet Magazine; and arts for the FT, The Spectator and others. His novel The Gold Sands is available on Amazon.


Friday, 13 September 2019

Lost Classic - The Lost Weekend

We live in a society dominated by healthism. Yet this modern puritanism suffers from a paradox: the more unrealistic the …

By Toby Guise



Friday, 6 September 2019

Lost Classic: Henry Root, model for Nigel Farage

What does Nigel Farage read? Like a true populist, he is wary of citing political influences which may later prove …

By Toby Guise



Friday, 23 August 2019

The wokeing of the Windsors is a #MeToo moment for normal people

The wedding of Harry and Meghan was supposed to hold a mirror up to a modern world in which anyone …

By Toby Guise



Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Gamesmanship: Boris is using the School for Scoundrels playbook

Next time you are out on your bicycle and a Lycra-wearing Superman pulls up next to you at the lights, …

By Toby Guise



Friday, 7 June 2019

A certain sort of Englishness - the Serpentine Swimming Club

The Serpentine Swimming Club – which meets every morning of the year in Hyde Park – epitomises a certain sort …

By Toby Guise



Friday, 31 May 2019

Lost Classic: The Italians, by Luigi Barzini

If you are going to Italy this summer – even for the tenth time – you need a copy of …

By Toby Guise



Friday, 17 May 2019

Lost Classic: The Light of Day, by Eric Ambler

Thriller writers are a competitive breed. Their task is too difficult willingly to acknowledge a debt to another – except …

By Toby Guise



Friday, 3 May 2019

Lost Classic - Simon Raven

Simon Raven was a novelist to whom memorable quotes stuck more readily than riches or renown. He famously had “the …

By Toby Guise



Friday, 19 April 2019

A meditation on Mayfair

The inscrutable facade of the old American Embassy on Grosvenor Square is finally crumbling. For 70 years its aquiline presence …

By Toby Guise