The dying art of owning a decent pen

Why you should never leave home without one

10 TV shows to watch in 2018

From Patrick Melrose to Alan Partridge

National Trust hidden gems

William Cook on the unheralded National Trust properties that keep drawing him back

Bafta Film Awards 2018: full list of nominations

Joanna Lumley will host this year’s ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall

Gallery: Golden Globes 2018

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner on a politically-charged evening

John Paul Getty: a life of miserliness, mistresses and hotel hopping

To prepare for her role in All the Money in the World, Olivia Grant followed in the footsteps of the famously frugal billionaire

10 films to see in 2018

Three Billboards, The Incredibles 2 and Phantom Thread are all on the way

Molly’s Game review: a poker film worth gambling on

Jessica Chastain stars as the skier turned poker queen in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut

10 most read stories of 2017

From Rees-Moggs’ millions to Gogglebox, here’s a run down of Spectator Life’s most popular pieces from the last 12 months

The best books of 2017

Paul Auster, Philip Pullman and Jennifer Egan produced the landmark literature of the last 12 months

The best crime novels of 2017

The finest blood-spattered fiction of the last 12 months

The Last Jedi review: a wisecracking comedy hurtling through space

The verdict on the latest episode of the Star Wars saga

Cigars: the ultimate gift guide

How to pick out the perfect cigar for the smoker in your life

The best podcasts of 2017

Adam Buxton, S-Town and Burnt Toast are among the year’s most enjoyable listens

Where fine art meets high-end living

Across the world, luxury property developments are making modern art part of the furniture

Gallery: Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017

The Ferryman was the big winner at the star-studded ceremony

Films to watch in December

The Last Jedi, The Disaster Artist and the Muppets are on the way

How the hipsters and hedge-funders are taking the slow train to Deptford

This London borough built Henry VIII’s ships, gave Pepys a mistress and taught navigation to Peter the Great

ILLUSTRATION BY JAMIE JONES

How the Gibraltar Open is rocking the chessboard

Chess is no longer a mind gym for badly dressed men

Triggered by Bregret? Your guide to the new word order

Get out of your bubble and into your safe space, you hashtag activist. We mansplain the latest lexicon

Gallery: The Fayre of St James’s

Stephen Fry, Ellie Goulding and Cressida Bonas took part in the festive charity concert

ILLUSTRATION BY SAM BREWSTER

Trial by Twitter

Yes, my behaviour was poor — but being lumped in with Harvey Weinstein is hard to take

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Meet Emma Dent Coad, Kensington’s class warrior

In six months, the MP has had to deal with enough drama for a whole career

How shaving became a cut-throat business

Mail-order shaving companies have found a way to make serious money from male grooming

Gallery: Royal weddings through the ages

A look back at some right royal occasions