Self-Portrait with Two Circles by Rembrandt
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Simon Schama on Rembrandt

The later masterpieces now on show at London’s National Gallery are, the historian writes, the fruit of a difficult time in the artist’s life


South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius arrives for the verdict in his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria...South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives for the verdict in his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria September 11, 2014. Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, shot dead his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW) ©Reuters
The athlete’s five-year jail sentence for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend thrusts South Africa into the world’s media spotlight again – as Alec Russell first noted in March 2013
A Vinyl Factory special edition ©Charlie Bibby
Vinyl sales have topped 1m for the first time since 1996. In August 2012, the FT explored the album’s enduring appeal in the digital age
A pair of high heel shoes is placed on shore in front of a yacht
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The inequality debate

Have the wealthy managed to rewrite the rules to suit themselves? Or have the disaffected forgotten how rich they really are? By Mark Vandevelde

Illustration of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage

History of innovation

Steven Johnson on what Victorian computer pioneers Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage can teach us about invention – and time-travelling

Oscar de la Renta, designer, 1932-2014

Worldly shaper of first ladies, socialites and Hollywood stars

Illustration by James Ferguson of Kevin Pietersen
©James Ferguson

Kevin Pietersen

As a world-class cricketer, admiration for his skill was universal but respect was more elusive. The South African-born batsman tells Matthew Engel about being England’s outsider

Neil Diamond
©Howard Sooley

Interview: Neil Diamond

At 73 and with a new album, the singer-songwriter talks of his path to becoming one of pop’s great entertainers

©David Santiago Garcia/Getty

Luxury on the Galápagos Islands

Pikaia Lodge, on the summit of an extinct volcano, offers a new way of seeing the islands’ natural wonders

‘A Fanbook’ by Bruce Weber (2009)

How a trend is born

Charlie Porter looks at the book dealers changing the fashion landscape

Jeremy Taylor on his hired Harley-Davidson near the town of Jimena de la Frontera
©Ian Smith

Riding Harleys in Andalucía

New tours from motorbike maker Harley-Davidson offer the chance to live out ‘Easy Rider’ fantasies

Richard Flanagan in London the day after he won the Man Booker prize
©Anna Huix

Richard Flanagan, Man Booker 2014 winner

The Australian author tells Lorien Kite he’s ‘astonished’ by the success of his novel ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’



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