Illustration by Matthew Cook
©Matthew Cook

‘Ambition’ — a story by Helen Simpson

A new short story for the holidays by the award-winning author


Illustration by James Ferguson of Donald Tusk ©James Ferguson
Last month, the new president of the European Council spoke to the FT about being a ‘hooligan’ in communist-era Poland and why ‘Russia is our strategic problem’
The weekly podcast investigating a real-life murder has become an unexpected hit, while raising questions about ethics and the nature of entertainment today
– report by Sarah Gordon and Shannon Bond
Mikhail Khodorkovsky
©James Ferguson

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

After 10 years in prison, the oligarch who crossed Putin is poised for a fresh foray into politics, and tells Neil Buckley why the current Kremlin master cannot keep power for ever


The FT best dressed of 2014

Tom Stoppard tied the knot in periwinkle, Prince George made royal progress in pastels and we swooned for a suave young French minister. The FT’s fashion editor selects the year’s most chic

The Petit Piton seen from the hotel pool, St Lucia
©Tom Mannion

At Hotel Chocolat’s hotel in St Lucia

Lucy Kellaway indulges herself at the ultimate ‘Willy Wonka’ destination — a hotel on a cocoa plantation where food, activities and even spa treatments are chocolate-themed

Cima de Conegliano’s ‘The Baptism of Christ’
©Bridgeman Art Library

The eternal power of religious art

Paintings once seen as conduits to the divine may have become mere museum pieces but their unsettling power persists

Illustration of people on the beach by Luke Waller for Barry Humphries 'The Diary'
©Luke Waller

Barry Humphries

The entertainer best known as Dame Edna Everage goes shopping in Bondi - and braves the waves at the beach

Anna Kendrick as Cinderella in a new adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’
©Disney Enterprises

Fairytale fashion

From dresses to do good in, to gowns fit for a wicked witch, Susie Boyt casts a spell on you

The Reading Room at the Wellcome Collection’s London building

The Wellcome Collection Reading Room

A facelift for the home of one of London’s most quirky yet accessible collections of treasures

©Paul Allitt

Ian Hamilton Finlay, Cambridge

Jackie Wullschlager on a fine new exhibition of the Scottish artist’s visionary work

Khalid Abdalla in ‘The Narrow Frame of Midnight’

Marrakech International Film Festival

Two films with a Moroccan flavour proved fitting highlights of this year’s inclusive festival



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