Roger Scruton

Welcome to my website, which is a guide to my professional life as a writer and philosopher. My CV provides detailed information concerning my career.

In 2015 I published two books, The Disappeared and later in the autumn, Fools Frauds and Firebrands. The Disappeared, published by Bloomsbury, has received wonderful reviews and you can read them in the reviews section. One I particularly like is from Douglas Murray at The Spectator. ‘It's a gripping, disturbing narrative dealing with abduction and abuse but also love, escape and a type of redemption’. It is about England, now.

This year, 2016, I have again published two books, Confessions of A Heretic (a collection of essays) and more recently, The Ring of Truth about Wagner’s Ring cycle.

Fools Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left was released on October 8th, coinciding with (though not necessarily causing) the rise of Jeremy Corbyn to become leader of the Labour party. I was consequently promoted to the post of expert on the Corbyn question, being invited to make contributions to The Times, The Observer and The Spectator. Fools, Frauds and Firebrands is an update of Thinkers of the New Left published, to widespread outrage, in 1986. It includes new chapters covering the Parisian nonsense machine – Lacan, Deleuze and Badiou – and some timely thoughts about the historians and social thinkers who led British intellectuals up the garden path during the last decades, including Eric Hobsbawm and Ralph Miliband. All in all a shocking performance, but so far comparatively mildly reviewed.

Notes from Underground, my novel chosen by Ray Tallis as book of the year 2014 in the TLS, has received the bronze award in the Suspense/Thriller category in last year’s IPPY awards. I was also delighted to hear that it was nominated for the IMPAC awards. It has also been translated into Czech and was launched in Prague, during the Forum 2000 conference in September of 2015.

Recent broadcasts have occurred on the BBC's Point of View programme, covering The Ring of the Nibelung, How Should we Build?, A petition against petitions and democracy after Brexit. Podcasts are available on the BBC website.

On Friday 25th November, the investiture ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace and I was knighted by the Prince of Wales. CyODkdcWEAAbgfJ 

 

Latest Articles

Books of the Year 2016

Fools Frauds and Firebrands and The Ring of Truth have both been selected in The Guardian Best Books of 2016.  In late November, in part one, John Banville chose Fools Frauds...

What's the point of education? - Spectator Life Nov 16

Why does the state take an interest in education? The prevailing view, at least since the end of the last war, has been that the state takes an interest in...

'The Trump Card' BBC Radio 4 13 Nov 16

Roger Scruton assesses some of the reasons behind Donald Trump's victory. Listen back to the Point of View via the BBC iPlayer.  

National borders are the only sure guardians of democracy. The EU ignores them at its peril. The Telegraph - Nov 16

European civilisation has been steadily replacing religion with territory as the source of political unity. The process began in the 17th century, as the call for popular sovereignty and national...

Recent Books

The Ring of Truth

The Ring of Truth

Penguin Books (June 2016) Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung is one of the greatest works of art created in modern times, and has fascinated both critics and devotees for...

Conversations with Roger Scruton

Conversations with Roger Scruton

(May 2016) This book reveals what life was like for Roger Scruton growing up in High Wycombe, how he survived Cambridge and how he came to hold his conservative outlook.

Fools Frauds & Firebrands

Fools Frauds & Firebrands

Bloomsbury (Oct 2015) The thinkers who have been most influential on the attitudes of the New Left are examined in this study by one of the leading critics of leftist...

2016 Events

15 Dec- Buckingham Philosophy Group

7 Dec - Buckingham Philosophy Group

2017 Events

12 Jan - Buckingham Philosophy Group

10 Feb - North Cotswold Hunt Dinner

20 Feb - Social Context of Law Lecture, Inner Temple

27 Feb- Hoover Institute Dinner

28 Feb - The Second Annual Russell Kirk Lecture at Villanova University

6 March - The Ring, Talk at The Travellers Club

9 March - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Ray Tallis

13 March - British Academy Talk

20 March - Social Context of Law Lecture, Inner Temple

21 March - 'Faith and Reason' Christ Church, Oxford

30 March - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Simon Blackburn

3 April - James Madison Programme, Princeton University

4 April - US publication of Confessions of a Heretic

5 April - Collegium Institute and University of Pennsylvania

6 April - Utah

3 May - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Sebastian Gardner

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