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    1. January 8, 2016

      ‘The Prose Factory: Literary Life in England Since 1918’, by DJ Taylor

      One of Jane Austen’s jokes in Pride and Prejudice concerns the jealous Caroline Bingley sneering at Elizabeth Bennet,...

    2. January 8, 2016

      Should we welcome Big Brother?

      A couple of decades ago, I developed an instinctive fear of helicopters. The reason? In the early 1990s, I started my...

    1. December 29, 2015

      UK pubs: last orders

      In his classic essay about the ideal pub, George Orwell ranked atmosphere just ahead of ale. Still, any definition of...

    2. December 10, 2015

      Marine Le Pen not Donald Trump is the bigger danger

      Donald Trump is disgraceful; Marine Le Pen is dangerous. The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination has...

    3. December 4, 2015

      ‘More Letters of Note’, edited by Shaun Usher

      Shaun Usher knows what a good letter looks like. He’s been unearthing “correspondence deserving of a wider audience”...

    4. November 10, 2015

      James Bond and The Great Gatsby star in rare books index

      Owners of first edition James Bond novels or economists possessing an early copy of John Maynard Keynes take note. A...

    5. October 18, 2015

      Whom would you bring to a meeting?

      Augustus, Joe Frazier, Henry VII, Matthew Bourne — long term vision, courage, ruthless focus, expert in collaboration,...

    6. September 15, 2015

      1984, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds — review

      Is it a story whose themes can be told on the body? This has to be the key test when selecting narratives for dance...

    7. February 10, 2015

      Why couch potatoes choose to relinquish their private lives

      Big Telly is watching you. Consumers have been put on alert about Samsung’s “sinister” SmartTV, a model operated by the...

    8. January 11, 2015

      Some clients are always more equal than others

      It was George Orwell who wrote: “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” For pension funds...

    9. December 12, 2014

      A pundit’s misplaced homage to Wigan Pier

      Talk of fiscal policy is fairly certain to make any radio listener want to switch off. Even an event as dramatic as...

    10. December 5, 2014

      George Orwell’s luminous truths

      Seeing Things As They Are: Selected Journalism and Other Writings, by George Orwell, Harvill Secker, RRP£25, 496 pages...

    11. December 4, 2014

      Spending plans open £27bn gap between UK parties

      George Osborne woke up on Thursday and was soon spluttering into his coffee, as he listened to the BBC’s “totally...

    12. March 10, 2014

      If only Plato were running Barclays

      What is the right income level for bosses of the world’s largest companies? Greek philosopher Plato is said to have...

    13. Off Message

      January 6, 2014

      Blackadder Goves Forth

      The little known fifth series of ‘Blackadder’ takes place in the Department for Education. Blackadder is secretary of...

    14. November 1, 2013

      Katie Roiphe: Would you spy on your teenager?

      If you could see every email, every chat, every internet search your teenager does on his laptop late at night would...

    15. The World

      October 2, 2013

      Reporting back: Katrina Manson on Somaliland

      In our Reporting Back series, we ask FT foreign correspondents to tell us about a recent trip. Katrina Manson, the FT’s...

    16. September 5, 2013

      Sounds for future reference

      The voice of Eric Blair, better known by his pen name, George Orwell, tops the list of Will Prentice’s most...

    17. July 26, 2013

      My column in pictures

      Soon nobody will need words any more and we journalists will become even more redundant than the internet has already...

    18. April 19, 2013

      After Orwell

      On the evening of Margaret Thatcher’s death, BBC2 broadcast a special edition of Newsnight. The novelist chosen to...

    19. April 5, 2013

      Second coming

      The only picture on Jerry Brown’s desk in the California state capitol building in Sacramento is a black-and-white...

    20. February 3, 2013

      Myanmar writes new page in history

      When Fergal Keane, the award-winning Irish journalist, last stayed at Yangon’s Inya Lake Hotel, he was posing as a...

    21. beyondbrics

      January 16, 2013

      Venezuela: minting new (Chinese) billionaires

      Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA’s ubiquitous propaganda constantly trumpets the fact that it now belongs to...

    22. November 19, 2012

      Catalonia’s future is for all Spain to decide

      Catalonia is once again the subject of curiosity and concern. The international media takes relish in portraying the...

    23. October 12, 2012

      From gonzo to dodos

      You wouldn’t know it was Ralph Steadman’s house from the outside. There are no trademark paint spatterings across the...

    24. September 21, 2012

      Imperial dreams still haunt Britain

      George Orwell wrote that the loss of empire would reduce England to a “cold and unimportant little island where we...

    25. beyondbrics

      September 7, 2012

      Coming soon to Honduras: privately run cities

      Once regarded as the archetypal banana republic, the Central American republic of Honduras has become known as a...

    26. August 17, 2012

      A time-traveller in London

      The new Javelin train was pulling up outside London’s Olympic Stadium. The conductor addressed us through his...

    27. July 27, 2012

      Marrakech excess

      In a letter to his friend Cyril Connolly, George Orwell fretted about the extent to which Morocco had been “utterly...

    28. July 6, 2012

      Do you believe in progress?

      Around the corner from me here in Paris is a café called Le Progrès. I imagine its pavement tables a century ago,...

    29. March 9, 2012

      How to have a conversation

      Perhaps it was the opium talking, but Thomas de Quincey once wrote that an evening in the company of Samuel Coleridge...

    30. 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...

    31. FT Alphaville

      March 7, 2012

      Further further reading

      For the commute home, - Business Insider’s first official NFP forecast is… 285k. - (TrimTabs says 149k). - iRevenue: 76...

    32. February 17, 2012

      Why I’m happy to be a parasite

      I know how bankers feel. We journalists are also watching a public inquest into our profession, and it’s not pretty...

    33. February 3, 2012

      Darkness and the divide

      Drifting House, by Krys Lee, Faber, RRP£12.99, 256 pages Things have been going well for South Korea. Its economy is...

    34. January 19, 2012

      Obama’s language disguises the truth

      From Mr Paul Bloustein. Sir, Like George Orwell and Gary Silverman (Notebook, January 13), I too am concerned with the...

    35. January 15, 2012

      The job: House historian

      Melanie Backe-Hansen, House Historian I spend my days sifting through old maps, deeds, census data and electoral...

    36. January 12, 2012

      Politics and the American language

      George Orwell died 62 years ago this month. But he is still the source of some of the best commentary around for anyone...

    37. December 20, 2011

      Spontaneity or slogans: the lessons of Václav Havel’s greengrocer

      Václav Havel, the first and only president of post-communist Czechoslovakia, died last week. The central figure of his...

    38. December 16, 2011

      Essayist willing to go outside ideological comfort zone

      Christopher Hitchens defined areas of debate and conflict – on the intervention in Iraq, on religion, on the nature of...

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