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    March 9, 2014

    Emergency electricity – here come the Green Goddesses

    Older UK readers will remember the Green Goddesses – fire engines held in reserve for moments of national emergency. At the...

  2. July 26, 2013

    The List: five novels about drinking

    From mint juleps in The Great Gatsby (1925) to gin in John Cheever’s marvellously unsettling short story “The Swimmer”...

  1. August 24, 2012

    ‘Ecce mono’

    “I was only trying to help,” must be among the six words most feared in any language. The Japanese have a rather more...

  2. July 13, 2012

    Sham rock

    Across four generations a self-made family dominated the solid features in the gardens of Britain’s new rich. The story is...

  3. March 9, 2012

    Eternal music from a literary quartet

    I’m belatedly experiencing a rite of passage for readers of English novels: eating up Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music...

  4. February 24, 2012

    Enlightenment for sale

    What Are Universities For?, by Stefan Collini, Penguin, RRP£9.99, 240 pages In recent years publishers have taken...

  5. February 6, 2012

    Business folk can’t resist a gong

    Amid the fuss about Fred Goodwin being stripped of his knighthood, Notebook is reminded of the more exalted list published...

  6. November 12, 2011

    The Diary: Alan Beattie

    Flying into London from Washington, DC, I find a city still reverberating from the shockwaves of the Bagpuss affair. Jacob...

  7. October 27, 2011

    Tate Britain showcases Picasso in 2012

    Pablo Picasso’s life-long connection with Britain and the impact he had on modernism in the UK is to be explored in an...

  8. September 9, 2011

    The Last Pre-Raphaelite

    Looking back at 19th-century Britain, Virginia Woolf called Middlemarch “one of the few English novels written for grown-up...

  9. September 9, 2011

    Not just any port

    At Portofino,” wrote Selina Hastings, one of Evelyn Waugh’s biographers, the novelist “enjoyed in almost unlimited supply...

  10. July 8, 2011

    Manners maketh man – but mobiles maketh morons

    Sir David Tang, founder of ICorrect, globetrotter and the man about too many towns to mention, divides his time between...

  11. July 1, 2011

    My perfect getaway

    James A Baker III, former US secretary of state Where are you spending the summer? My wife Susan and I usually spend August...

  12. June 10, 2011

    Don’t look down

    Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, by Owen Jones, Verso, RRP£14.99, 304 pages The Precariat: The New Dangerous...

  13. May 30, 2011

    Africa pioneer eyes new ground for Cluff Gold

    The St James’s offices of Aim-quoted Cluff Gold in London resemble an explorer’s den: an antique globe, exotic objets d’art...

  14. April 15, 2011

    The Spoiler

    The Spoiler, by Annalena McAfee, Harvill Secker, RRP£12.99, 320 pages In her day, Honor Tait was the grandest woman in...

  15. April 1, 2011

    The Diary: Melvyn Bragg

    There is a rush to prayers in the House of Lords these days. Each session begins with prayers, led by one of the bishops....

  16. January 8, 2011

    Libertarian who helped Thatcher defeat miners

    David Hart saw himself as a “Renaissance man”. To his enemies he was a “shadowy fixer” who, at the height of his influence,...

  17. October 18, 2010

    Romantic Moderns

    Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper, by Alexandra Harris,...

  18. June 14, 2010

    Resignation can be the way to rehabilitation

    Tidjane Thiam, Prudential’s chief executive, is expected to come in for harsh criticism next week when shareholders arrive...

  19. October 15, 2009

    The beast of the new journalism

    When Tina Brown turned her back on magazines a year ago to launch a website called The Daily Beast , some scoffed in the...

  20. September 28, 2009

    Papa Spy

    Papa Spy: Love, Faith and Betrayal in Wartime Spain By Jimmy Burns Bloomsbury £18.99, 416 pages FT Bookshop price: £15.19...

  21. August 8, 2009

    Bruising encounters with bananas

    From Mr Jeremy Archer. Sir, Reading the Weekend FT has reminded me of stories concerning two towering literary figures –...

  22. August 8, 2009

    Small Talk: Adam Thirlwell

    Adam Thirlwell, 30, was named as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists even before his 2003 debut novel Politics hit...

  23. June 6, 2009

    Estates clear out

    Veterans of Christie's "important furniture" auctions this week noticed the quality was improving though prices remained...

  24. May 18, 2009

    The Morbid Age

    The Morbid Age: Britain Between the Wars By Richard OveryAllen Lane £25 499 pages FT Bookshop price: £20 There was a...

  25. March 7, 2009

    Small Talk

    When a writer can blend al-Qaeda, a Yemeni sheik and Andrew Marr into successful satire using a salmon metaphor you know...

  26. March 7, 2009

    Small Talk: Paul Torday

    When a writer can blend al-Qaeda, a Yemeni sheik and Andrew Marr into successful satire using a salmon metaphor you know...

  27. October 23, 2008

    Notebook

    It's Waugh at the House of Rothschild Continuing our serialisation of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel The Honourable Gentleman...

  28. October 22, 2008

    Top Tory pays for breaking 'code of omerta'

    It might have come straight out of an Evelyn Waugh novel: a tale of gilded youth, money and the strict code of honour...

  29. October 21, 2008

    Top Tory pays for breaking ‘code of omerta’

    World of influence: the Rothschilds’ villa in Corfu, where George Osborne and Peter Mandelson attended a party It might...

  30. October 18, 2008

    Corrections - Adrian Bratschi; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Edith Wharton

    * A quote in an article in House & Home on October 11 about the effect of the global financial crisis on residential...

  31. October 11, 2008

    Small Talk - Anita Shreve

    Anita Shreve always wanted to be a writer and used to send poems to magazines as a child. Born in 1946 in Dedham,...

  32. October 11, 2008

    That Was Then...This Is Now: Manaus, Brazil

    [1934] From "Ninety-Two Days", by Evelyn Waugh The Commissioner was an amicable little man, in high good humour at the...

  33. October 6, 2008

    Another scoop for Tina Brown as she swaps print for the web

    The struggling US magazine industry is losing one of its biggest cheerleaders to the web as Tina Brown trades the glossy...

  34. October 4, 2008

    Brideshead Revisited

    Brideshead Revisited Julian Jarrold 133 mins (12A) The main question prompted by seeing this first large-screen version of...

  35. September 13, 2008

    The case for mass tourism

    Last month, British tourists were in the news - again - for their binge drinking on Greek islands. And the attempts by the...

  36. September 13, 2008

    The case for mass tourism

    Last month, British tourists were in the news – again – for their binge drinking on Greek islands. And the attempts by the...

  37. September 6, 2008

    Are we all star-crossed?

    Last week Slow Lane sat at the high table. I was summoned to the annual Salzburg Trilogue to discuss matters of grave...

  38. August 23, 2008

    Paperbacks: Bamboo

    Bamboo by William Boyd Bloomsbury £9.99 650 pages FT Bookshop price: £7.99 Bamboo corrals William Boyd's prolific...

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