Richard Ford photographed for Financial Times in Fort Williams State Park, Maine.

Frank Bascombe and me, by Richard Ford

When the novelist created his amiable New Jersey everyman, he had no idea that three decades on the sportswriter would have inspired a trilogy and a new book


European Commission president José Manuel Barroso ©AFP
In 2010 the now outgoing president of the European Commission had Lunch with the FT in Lisbon
– by Peter Spiegel
South African 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
This week Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend. In February Clive Anderson presented the case for televised trials
Illustration by James Ferguson of Russell Brand
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Russell Brand

In a cafe for the homeless, the comedian-activist tells Lucy Kellaway about capitalism, revolution and why he finds the FT ‘hard to understand’

Autumn landscape near Kilpisjärvi, Finland
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Finland’s brief blaze of autumn glory

High above the Arctic Circle, in Finnish Lapland, autumn is a short but spectacular season of leaves, berries and, if you are lucky, the Northern Lights

Dylan Thomas: ‘At the mercy of words’

Owen Sheers marks the centenary of the birth of the bold, physical, sonorous poet who emerged from the cultural maelstrom of 1930s Wales

Detail from ‘Two Girls Embracing’ (1915) by Egon Schiele

‘Egon Schiele: the Radical Nude’

The artist’s nude portraits are even more daring and disturbing than when he created them a century ago, writes Jackie Wullschlager

Detail from 'Pedestal Table, Glasses, Cups, Mandolin' by Pablo Picasso
©2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso

‘Cubism’ at the Met, New York

Leonard Lauder’s magnificent gift to the New York museum of paintings by Picasso, Braque, Gris and Léger reveals a whimsical side of the movement

‘The Churchill Factor’, by Boris Johnson

The London mayor’s defence of Winston Churchill is a bravura performance. Review by Peter Clarke

Anthony Vaccarello; Joseph Altuzarra; Marco de Vincenzo

Five stealth superbrands

Introducing the labels fashion insiders love – and you need to know about

‘Chicago’ (c1951) by Harry Callahan
©Estate of Harry Callahan

‘The Modern Lens’ at Tate St Ives

The art gallery’s biggest photography show features plenty of unfamiliar artists, each with a story to tell

The other Portland steps into the spotlight

Long overshadowed by its West Coast namesake, the city in Maine is enjoying a renaissance of its own



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