10,000 Not Out

The History of The Spectator 1828 - 2020

David Butterfield

10,000 Not Out

David Butterfield

Distributed for Unicorn Publishing Group

224 pages | 70 color plates, 30 halftones | 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781912690817 Published September 2020 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
10,000 Not Out invites readers to explore the rich and lively history of The Spectator, the world’s oldest current affairs magazine. Over the last two centuries, no other journal has brought its readers closer to the spheres of power and influence in Britain.

First issued in 1828 in the dying days of the Georgian era, The Spectator came out ready to spar—with the Tories and their Prime Minister, with a corrupt political system, and with the lackluster literary world of the day. More than fifty prime ministers later, 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, a free press, and the decriminalization of homosexuality, while offering open-minded criticism of every modern taboo and orthodoxy. 

10,000 Not Out celebrates the magazine’s 10,000th issue and recounts the turbulent and tortuous tales of 192 years chock full of crises and campaigns, of literary flair and barbed wit. Eight chapters chart in technicolor the evolution of the title—from radical weekly newspaper, to moralizing Victorian guardian, to wartime watchdog, to satirical magazine, to High-Tory counselor, to the irreverent but influential magazine of the twenty-first century. Replete with extracts, anecdotes, and illustrations, the book turns up many forgotten episodes in the The Spectator’s long, lush history.
Review Quotes
Literary Review
"Butterfield's highly readable romp through its history reminds members of The Spectator club—it has always had a very clubby feeling—of editorial triumphs and disasters, commercial horrors and some remarkable luck."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
"The Spectator: the greatest magazine in the English language."
Emily Maitlis, Newsnight (UK)
"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."
Christopher Howse, Daily Telegraph (UK)
"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."
A. N. Wilson, author of Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy
"A rich and beautifully crafted chronicle, often hilarious and always informative."
Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator
"The Spectator has always had its own mind—and its own life. David Butterfield has written a first-class biography of that life: the highs and lows, the feuds and affairs, the best jokes, the worst decisions—it's a treasure trove. A brilliantly readable history of the magazine, its life and its times."
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