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.

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

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Notre Dame fire could inspire a moment of French national rebirth

The burning of Notre Dame felt like a world-historical moment. It was the scene that fiction could not invent. A …

By Toby Guise

Friday, 22 March 2019

A hymn to Bayswater

In Graham Greene’s 1935 short story, A Little Place Off The Edgware Road, a man – Craven – stalks the …

By Toby Guise

Friday, 20 July 2018

The ancient discipline of pilgrimage reimagined in the modern day

Contemplative travel may not be an obvious component of the modern world. Yet from Santiago de Compostella to the byways …

By Toby Guise