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  1. June 20, 2014

    The Invisible Woman – DVD review

    Ralph Fiennes, 2013 Lionsgate In his second film as director, Ralph Fiennes plays Charles Dickens as a showman, a lover of...

  2. March 27, 2014

    How the best of times is making way for the worst

    There is nothing inevitable about globalisation; nor about the relative peace between great powers that has prevailed since...

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  1. London and the World 2013

    With the capital’s population predicted to soar to 10m by 2031 and challenges from riv...
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  1. February 6, 2014

    The Invisible Woman – film review

    All great novelists have hidden lives. They are the ones lived on their pages. They are the rich, deep, uncrackable...

  2. January 31, 2014

    Ralph Fiennes

    There is a moment during my conversation with Ralph Fiennes when he finds himself, unusually, lost for words. I ask him if...

  3. January 3, 2014

    How to win, lose and use money in a novel way

    Money – and the unfairness of its distribution – is much on our minds at the moment. Particularly, it boils the minds of the...

  4. December 13, 2013

    ‘Rustication: A Novel’, by Charles Palliser

    Rustication: A Novel, by Charles Palliser, WW Norton, RRP£12.99 / $25.95, 327 pages Charles Palliser is the Miss Havisham of...

  5. December 8, 2013

    Dickens Abridged, Arts Theatre, London – review

    “It’s a mash-up of California and Dickens, The Grateful Dead meets The Ghost of Christmas Past . . . with a touch of Marx...

  6. March 25, 2013

    A pragmatic kind of obsession

    For decades, politicians have seen it as a one-way bet to pander to Britain’s supposed obsession with home ownership. George...

  7. March 12, 2013

    London’s blue plaques: Marks of a notable past

    Wren’s retreat to the country Given Sir Christopher Wren’s intimate connection with the City of London, it is unexpected to...

  8. November 2, 2012

    The List: Five civilising reads

    In Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Steven Pinker argues that we are living in an era of...

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    October 8, 2012

    Marketing the word of the Lord

    Notes from the Heartland My atheist feet are doing all they can to stop tapping along to the power chords of the Westside...

  10. September 13, 2012

    Why I write

    It was George Orwell’s golden-eyed toad that made me a writer. This was all the more surprising since I was getting sick of...

  11. April 6, 2012

    Dickensian themes

    The bicentenary of Charles Dickens’s birth in February inspired a proliferation of tributary books and exhibits around the...

  12. April 6, 2012

    Rothschild family: banking on change

    Tellson’s Bank in A Tale of Two Cities, with branches in London and Paris, symbolised conservatism and connectedness in...

  13. March 30, 2012

    The hulks at Hoo

    Shaped like a horse’s head sniffing the breeze, the Hoo peninsula sticks out into the sea between the estuaries of the...

  14. March 22, 2012

    Literary festivals that profit from finance

    Among the bestselling events at the Oxford Literary Festival (March 24 to April 1) are Michael Morpurgo talking about his...

  15. March 12, 2012

    Is yours a castle or a humble mansion?

    In Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, legal clerk John Wemmick lives with his father, the Aged P, in a miniature Gothic...

  16. March 1, 2012

    Time to do our duty by Nelson

    From Mr Lester May. Sir, The Bank of England has issued 14 different banknotes since 1980 and one of each of the four...

  17. February 24, 2012

    To reduce banks’ risks, profits have to shrink

    The debate over how to re-regulate banks grows ever uglier. I want to bring it back to what matters with the aid of one...

  18. February 18, 2012

    Fresh material for Dickens’ humour

    From Prof David R. Sorensen. Sir, It should come as no surprise to regular readers of Christopher Caldwell’s column that he...

  19. February 10, 2012

    Charles Dickens: our overrated mutual friend

    On Tuesday the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens was celebrated across the English-speaking world – not the world, but the...

  20. February 8, 2012

    The Devil and Mr Punch, Barbican, London

    It seems apt that Mr Punch should share an anniversary year with Charles Dickens. While the great novelist is celebrated 200...

  21. January 13, 2012

    Presumed guilty

     Little Bones, by Janette Jenkins, Chatto & Windus, RRP£12.99, 288 pages Janette Jenkins’s fourth novel is set in 1899 but...

  22. January 11, 2012

    Cold facts provide a chilling view of human resources

    Throughout industrial history, managers have tried to use science to analyse, categorise and, occasional­ly, pulverise the...

  23. December 23, 2011

    Great contradictions

     Charles Dickens: A Life, by Claire Tomalin, Viking, RRP£30, 576 pages Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist, by...

  24. December 20, 2011

    A hacking, fracking year of upheaval

    Notebook has in the past done an annual round-up of clichés. This time we offer you our phrases of the year – some clichéd,...

  25. December 12, 2011

    Miserly progress made on Doha trade talks

    Doha was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The Doha round was dead as a doornail. If Charles...

  26. November 5, 2011

    Small talk: Anthony Horowitz

    Anthony Horowitz, 55, has published more than 50 books and written for television, film and the theatre. His books include...

  27. October 28, 2011

    Postcard from ... London: A Halloween ghost hunt

    I am lying in a coffin in the catacombs beneath London Bridge while a clairvoyant calls to the spirits around me to make...

  28. July 22, 2011

    The Inventory: Miriam Margolyes

    Miriam Margolyes, 70, is an award-winning stage, film and television actress. She was awarded an OBE in 2001. What was your...

  29. June 14, 2011

    Paying Greek debt

    “Something will turn up.” Charles Dickens, the Victorian novelist, made the expression famous 160 years ago when he put it...

  30. May 13, 2011

    Of punk and postmodernity

    In the Fales Library, the academic heart of New York University’s busy campus, Marvin Taylor gingerly hands me what I have...

  31. January 24, 2011

    Where have all the thinkers gone?

    A few weeks ago I was sitting in my office, reading Foreign Policy magazine, when I made a striking discovery. Sitting next...

  32. January 6, 2011

    Plot thickens in Marchionne’s tale of two Fiats

    Charles Dickens is one of Sergio Marchionne’s favourite writers. The chief executive of Fiat Auto, Chrysler and the newly...

  33. December 23, 2010

    Lessons in Scroogenomics

    Ebenezer Scrooge came into the room slowly. He was, to my surprise, much as Charles Dickens had described him. How, I...

  34. December 23, 2010

    Father Christmas

    Father Christmas must exist. Who would conceive of such a sinister character today? This is, after all, a strange, fat, old...

  35. October 1, 2010

    Small talk: Peter Ackroyd

    Much of Peter Ackroyd’s prolific writing career has been inspired by his love of London, from his first novel, The Great...

  36. August 25, 2010

    Pioneering analytical economist who retained human touch

    Chris Freeman, who has died aged 88, was a pioneer in the economics of innovation and founder of the Science Policy Research...

  37. August 1, 2010

    When upbeat analysts’ consensus spells danger

    As Charles Dickens might put it were he to toil on today’s Wall Street, great expectations can lead to the very best and...

  38. July 24, 2010

    Finny

    Finny, by Justin Kramon, Random House RRP$15, 384 pages Imagine Charles Dickens had been bundled into a time machine, given...

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