Best books of 2015: Sports

A round-up of the titles to remember

The latest forecasts on climate change

‘One possible future for the rich world is as a giant Netherlands, protected by dykes and dams’

Paris attacks: Notes from a wounded city

As ordinary Parisians struggle to process the horror of the assaults, politicians and pundits are talking tough

The ultimate political goal

‘Macri struck me as a man of destiny: rich, intelligent, funny. But none of it could have happened without football’

Paris: Simon Kuper in the Stade de France

Tonight my family will probably be OK in Paris. But after that?

Inside Atlético Madrid: can the club go global?

How Real Madrid’s less glamorous city rivals are competing with Europe’s elite

The power of stereotypes

‘Northern leaders inevitably brought to Brussels their voters’ prejudices about southerners’

How Europe’s liberals can speak out

‘A response I often get is that I’m an out-of-touch elitist who doesn’t have to live with Muslims’

How to treat expired geniuses

‘Whole nations pushed Michel Platini, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruijff into roles they couldn’t handle’

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The global elite is taking over sport

All but the super-rich are being priced out of sporting fixtures once available to everyone

Small ideas are better than big ones

‘The right’s cult of free markets was the last surviving big idea. Then the financial crisis of 2008 killed it off’

How to invest in babies

‘Practically all parents want their children to thrive. Some just don’t know how to do it’

London from Paris

The capital looms large in French consciousness, both as a model and a warning

How to be an older colleague

‘Today’s junior employee is tomorrow’s senior, whereas today’s senior is tomorrow’s old reject’

Log out, switch off, join in

‘For many young people, life now happens on phones. Everything else is backdrop’

The 1 per cent? Not for my kids

‘The true luxury isn’t money; it’s not having to think about money’

A refugee’s dreams and nightmares

‘All he wanted from Britain was a chance to work his backside off for a life that wasn’t horrible’

Why we should welcome migrants

‘Norway found oil under the seabed but it would have been better off if it had discovered 50,000 nurses there instead’

The age of innocence

‘I thought Blair was, in his words, “a pretty straight kind of guy”. Lest this sound insane, most Britons in 2001 thought so too’

Costa Rica’s good life

‘This humid little Central American country devotes valuable real estate to making people happier’


Simon KuperSimon Kuper joined the Financial Times in 1994. He wrote the daily currencies column, before leaving the FT in 1998. He returned in 2002 as a sports columnist and has been there ever since. Nowadays he writes a general column for the Weekend FT on all manner of topics from politics to books, and on cities including London, Paris, Johannesburg and Miami.

Simon was born in Uganda and grew up in London, the Netherlands, the US, Sweden and Jamaica. He studied at Oxford, Harvard and the Technische Universität of West Berlin. He now lives with his family in Paris. His first book, Football Against the Enemy (1994), set him on a path of writing about the world with an anthropologist’s eye.


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