Snakes & ladders illustration
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An economy of scales

Despite slumping sales, there are more pop artists than ever. Ludovic Hunter-Tilney on how to succeed in the music industry

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We revisit a 2012 Simon Kuper interview with criminologist Mark Pieth, who proposed radical reforms to governance at the ‘football family’
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James Ferguson illustration for Federico Marchetti Lunch with the FT
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Federico Marchetti

The founder of online luxury retailer Yoox speaks to Jo Ellison about the ‘perfect’ merger with Net-a-Porter — and the shopping habits of different nations

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The vital statistic

Forget waist size, today’s models are measured by their Instagram following

The indoor pool at Mandela House
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Mandela’s South Africa safari hideaway

Nelson Mandela’s former retreat in Limpopo province, built for him by one of the country’s richest men, is now available to rent

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Whose Waterloo?

Two hundred years on, the decisive battle of the Napoleonic wars can still divide Europeans. Tony Barber unpicks the myths

'Descent from the Cross' (ivory, c1270-80)
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Gold and ivory at Louvre-Lens

The exhibition demonstrates that showing old art in a new museum can enhance both

Celia Birtwell at home this month
©Victoria Birkinshaw

Celia Birtwell: ‘I was a rather naughty girl’

The British textile designer on her colourful past and new lease of life at Valentino

‘Federer and Me’, by William Skidelsky

Roger Federer casts a spell over writers. But how do you describe sporting genius? Review by Laurence Scott

Patrick Marber (left) with director Ian Rickson
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Talking a good game

Patrick Marber’s new play about football ‘The Red Lion’ has a wider resonance

The Klosterhotel St Petersinsel

A night in the past at Swiss historic hotels

A network of hotels lets visitors explore Switzerland while experiencing its history


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