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  1. May 2, 2014

    The thinking person’s guide to life in an age of ‘Angry Birds’

    It is probably an apocryphal story. Allen Lane, passing through Exeter station after a weekend visit to Agatha Christie,...

  2. The World

    March 6, 2014

    Croatia's EU funds choice: dirty or clean

    Orient Express I was passing through eastern Croatia the other day and found myself in Vinkovci, a pleasant town not far...

  1. December 10, 2013

    Return of boom-era debt deals raises alarm

    A New Yorker cartoon once showed a jury foreman declaring the accused not guilty on the grounds that “it is never the...

  2. November 18, 2013

    A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York – review

    “I’m Old Fashioned” sang Fred Astaire in his indelible 1942 recording of a song by Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer. A...

  3. November 16, 2013

    Christie’s cosy, constrained, class-bound world will outlive Poirot

    The passing of Hercule Poirot on Wednesday was one of the cultural events of the year, and I would put it even higher than...

  4. October 21, 2011

    Short cuts

    Aswan The Old Cataract, the grand hotel beside the Nile where Agatha Christie worked on several books, has reopened after a...

  5. September 13, 2011

    Entertainment One may be for sale

    Entertainment One, the television, film and distribution company behind the highly successful Peppa Pig character and...

  6. August 25, 2011

    Astor and Alli to quit Mr Men manager

    Waheed Alli and William Astor will tell Chorion’s staff on Thursday that they have resigned from the group that manages...

  7. June 23, 2011

    L’Oréal crisis an unappetising prospect for Nestlé

    What began as a typical Agatha Christie whodunit – an ageing and extremely wealthy heiress at loggerheads with her estranged...

  8. February 25, 2011

    Five more private islands in Britain

    Isle of Eriska, Argyll, Scotland Just off the Argyllshire coast, this 300-acre island, reached by road bridge, is home to a...

  9. February 7, 2011

    Periodic Tales

    Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements, by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Viking, RRP£18.99, 424 pages The periodic...

  10. September 17, 2010

    Istanbul’s peerless palace

    The Pera’s newly restored main hall I had just observed one of the time-honoured traditions of Istanbul, and surrendered to...

  11. June 23, 2010

    Beijing gives an unexpected lesson in regulatory risk

    Investors in China have just been given another lesson in what regulatory risk means.On Monday, the People's Bank of China...

  12. June 23, 2010

    Bettencourt saga turns into Agatha Christie whodunnit

    They could all be characters in one of Agatha Christie's finest mysteries. There is the aged and extremely wealthy heiress,...

  13. December 18, 2009

    A Daughter's a Daughter

    Here is a little whodunit for Christmas. Not in terms of the plot - there are no murders on stage, though plenty of motive -...

  14. December 17, 2009

    A Daughter’s a Daughter, Trafalgar Studios, London

    Honeysuckle Weeks as Sarah Here is a little whodunit for Christmas. Not in terms of the plot – there are no murders on...

  15. FT Alphaville

    November 24, 2009

    JGB murders: A novel and illuminating take on JGBs

    After the highly unusual flurry of excitement and speculation in the normally dull Japanese government bond market through...

  16. November 20, 2009

    ‘No corner is left empty’

    The French painter Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) spent his last 23 years in the village of Rossinière, near Gstaad,...

  17. September 21, 2009

    Chorion finds that crime does pay

    A flight to familiarity and the enduring appeal of crime drama helped Chorion, the rights owner and television production...

  18. September 20, 2009

    Chorion finds that crime does pay

    A flight to familiarity and the enduring appeal of crime drama helped Chorion, the rights owner and television production...

  19. September 5, 2009

    Small Talk: Val McDermid

    “There is still this funny notion that women should not write violent fiction,” says Val McDermid. Over 22 years, McDermid...

  20. July 4, 2009

    Catching the waves in Cornwall

    Claire Roberts with instructor Ben Ridding A board, a beach and a wave. This, according to stereotype, is all surfers need...

  21. April 20, 2009

    Defy thy neighbour

    Dear Book Doctor,I have horrible neighbours who believe that every noise my husband and I make is intended to annoy them....

  22. April 14, 2009

    Drawing life into children's characters

    The life of Waheed Alli seems dominated by timetables. The timing of pushing children's characters through the development...

  23. April 9, 2009

    Coolabi detects literary deal over Agatha Christie

    A Merger Is Announced, with Agatha Christie at its heart. In fact, Coolabi's proposed acquisition of the literary estate of...

  24. April 8, 2009

    Coolabi detects literary deal over Agatha Christie

    A Merger Is Announced, with Agatha Christie at its heart. In fact, Coolabi’s proposed acquisition of the literary estate of...

  25. January 6, 2009

    Clues to avoiding the Agatha Christie scenario

    Wealthy investors, like everyone else, are facing the Murder on the Orient Express scenario. In Agatha Christie's famous...

  26. September 27, 2008

    TV choice Karl French

    On Saturday night two of the best film actors of their generation grace the small screen in the first of a lavish...

  27. September 13, 2008

    TV choice - Karl French

    Anyone seeking some alternative to the Last Night of the Proms and the pervasive reality contests spread across Saturday...

  28. September 6, 2008

    Lost in Tokyo

    What novelists call territory is one of the defining elements of fiction. It is often so sacred to the writer, and so hard...

  29. August 2, 2008

    TV choice - Martin Hoyle

    The BBC pays a rare visit to the world's greatest music festival - which it subsidises but seems curiously modest about -...

  30. June 21, 2008

    Where time stands still

    Arriving at the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan about midday a couple of months ago, I wondered if the hotel had fallen under a...

  31. June 21, 2008

    Where time stands still

    Arriving at the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan about midday a couple of months ago, I wondered if the hotel had fallen under a...

  32. June 2, 2008

    Small talk: Kate Mosse

    Kate Mosse’s novels are characterised by a strong sense of place – her recent novels, Labyrinth (2005) and Sepulchre...

  33. May 31, 2008

    Small Talk - Kate Mosse

    Kate Mosse's novels are characterised by a strong sense of place - her recent novels, Labyrinth (2005) and Sepulchre...

  34. May 17, 2008

    The other Dubliners

    Debut novels often sink or fade quickly; memorable ones are rare. The First Verse by Dubliner Barry McCrea (Brandon/Mount...

  35. May 17, 2008

    TV choice - Karl French

    "The Unicorn and the Wasp" is the smartest and most entertaining episode so far in the current series of Doctor Who (BBC1...

  36. April 14, 2008

    The importance of casting the right clothes

    As a teenager reading Agatha Christie mysteries, I used to be driven up the wall by Hercule Poirot: he inevitably solved his...

  37. April 12, 2008

    The importance of casting the right clothes

    As a teenager reading Agatha Christie mysteries, I used to be driven up the wall by Hercule Poirot: he inevitably solved...

  38. March 22, 2008

    Small Talk: Minette Walters

    Minette Walters was born in Hertfordshire, England, in 1949. She studied French at Durham university and worked as a...

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