Alexander Fiske-Harrison

Alexander Fiske-Harrison

Alexander Fiske-Harrison trained and toreado, 'fought', as a torero in Spain from 2009-2010, writing about his experiences in his book, Into The Arena: The World Of The Spanish Bullfight, published by Profile Books in the UK, and shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book Of The Year Award 2011. He is a freelancer, usually on animals, travel or both, for The Times, Financial Times, The Spectator and GQ. Photo by Marie Kristin Köberlein


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Kindness Can Kill

Sep 17 2015

When the Fiske half of my family immigrated to England, we weren"€™t exactly popular. We arrived at the coast in boats and disgorged en masse

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On Second Thought, Stick to Your Guns

Jul 10 2015

A year ago, in the wake of yet another American High School massacre"€”this time by a half-British shooter"€”I wrote a contentious article on gun control

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Gun Control and the Scope of Ethics

Jun 23 2014

In 2004 in rural Berkshire, England, a rush-hour commuter train from London to Plymouth collided with a stationary car at a level crossing and all

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Nigella Lawson

The Kiss-Off

Dec 28 2013

As the British press draw themselves bloated and bloody-faced from their feeding frenzy on the slaughtered marriage of the "€œdomestic goddess"€ Nigella Lawson to advertising

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The Starch in the Social Fabric

Sep 05 2013

Driving around Spain, one notices all the castles. That’s quite a thing to notice for an Englishman such as myself, as we have thousands of

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A Paean to Pamplona

Jul 17 2013

In 2009 I first came to Pamplona to run with the bulls. I was terrified in that complete and overwhelming way that total ignorance brings,

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He Who Would Battle Monsters

Jun 25 2013

My friend Hugh Dancy came to London this week while on a break before filming a series about that least friendly of fictional characters, Thomas

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Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles

The Second-Hand Men

Jun 12 2013

Last week I drove from Seville to Ronda, its great rival for primacy in the bullfighting world. Accompanying me was the noted son of that

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The Freedom of Disunity

May 23 2013

Last week I gave a talk on my pet topic of bullfighting in front of various politicos from Spain and Britain at the Reform Club

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The Difference Between Killing and Murder

May 08 2013

Returning to London from Seville I see that abortion is once again one of the top news stories in what the Spanish still refer to

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Ollie Locke

Among the Gold and Gore

Apr 17 2013

Last night while seated in the La Maestranza bullring of Seville to watch the great matador José Marí Manzanares dance with and dispatch six bulls,

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Pekingese

The Ancient Contract Between Man and Wolf

Apr 04 2013

The incident reads like a sick contemporary rewrite of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. A fourteen-year-old girl sat down to eat a meat pie in

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David Cameron and Boris Johnson

Another Battle Lost on the Playing-Fields of Eton

Mar 17 2013

Referring to his most famous victory at the educational establishment he and so many of his officers attended, the Duke of Wellington is alleged (some

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Barnaby Conrad

Dying in Hemingway’s Shadow

Feb 26 2013

In 1941, in the plaza de toros of Mexico City, a nineteen-year-old audience member made foolhardy as a result of drinking tequila and reading Hemingway