The FT’s best books of 2015

The FT’s books editor reflects on the literary trends, publications and events of the year — while FT critics and experts select their must-read titles


NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: Fans watch the England vs Italy match at The Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park on June 14, 2014 in Newport, Isle of Wight. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images) ©Getty
The study of how the creation of the Premier League restored English football’s fortunes — at a price — wins the 2015 William Hill sports book of the year award
– by John Sunyer
Erdem spring/summer 2016 ©
This week Erdem was named ‘Establishment Designer of the Year’. In August he spoke to Jo Ellison about his new shop in Mayfair
Pablo Iglesias illustration
©James Ferguson

Lunch with the FT: Pablo Iglesias

The leader of Spain’s anti-austerity movement talks about Merkel, Muhammad Ali — and why ‘people come and touch me’

The party style directory

Want to sparkle at the office Christmas party? Here are the clothes to shine in

Edward Armitage's 'Retribution'
©Leeds Museums and Galleries

‘Artist & Empire’ at Tate Britain

A survey of art made in response to empire reflects national pride — and a legacy of lingering ambivalence, writes Maya Jaggi

Beyond the marathon

The rise of the ‘ultra’ challenge: a 165km race through the Oman desert

Selfridges’ ‘Gemini’ Christmas window

Get into the Christmas spirits

Shopping with a side of psychic enlightenment leaves Lucy Kellaway mystified

Writer-director Jill Soloway
©Andrew Rowat

Interview: ‘Transparent’ creator Jill Soloway

The Amazon TV series has won acclaim for its handling of transgender issues — but its director says her work isn’t done

'Today' show illustration
©Shonagh Rae

Philippe Sands

The law professor on Nuremberg memorial week and the quest for international justice

The Villa René Lalique hotel in Alsace, France
©Gilles Pernet

Hotel insider: Villa René Lalique

The former home of the art deco glass designer has been turned into tiny jewel of a hotel in France

The opera version from composer Will Todd
©Alex Brenner

The curious appeal of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Why is the classical world still in love with the 19th-century novel? Hannah Nepil listens to 13 new works by 13 contemporary composers


Martin Sandbu

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