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  1. July 25, 2014

    ‘Death of the Black-Haired Girl’, by Robert Stone

    Robert Stone is considered by many to be among the finest American writers at work today. He’s certainly a literary novelist...

  2. February 11, 2014

    Obituary: Shirley Temple, actress and ambassador, 1928-2014

    Shirley Temple, 1928-2014 She was the greatest child star of her generation, perhaps of all generations. In the 1930s,...

  1. August 25, 2013

    Panama Canal: Out of the narrows

    After a visit to Panama almost four decades ago, the novelist Graham Greene saw the canal as becoming “less and less”...

  2. May 10, 2013

    Travels with My Aunt, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

    The title is so boringly respectable it must conceal some fabulous, dirty joke. Or so you hope. Graham Greene’s novel is the...

  3. April 26, 2013

    Writers in love with other art forms

    In the last summer of his life Norman Mailer felt he had the face he deserved and the solitude he craved. He was living...

  4. October 12, 2012

    The List: My other sibling’s famous

    Gerald Hughes, elder brother of Ted, has just published his memoirs. In Ted and I: A Brother’s Memoir, the 92-year-old...

  5. June 28, 2012

    Greene was right: Mexico can gain power

    Last Sunday I went to Mexico City’s Azteca football stadium to watch the finale of Enrique Peña Nieto’s campaign. Mr Peña,...

  6. June 1, 2012

    Word players

    Snoop Dogg gets in the mood with a lot of marijuana, some old-school tunes on the stereo and “a couple of females around for...

  7. May 25, 2012

    The taste test: Cuban rums

    Taste Test had not called on FT Weekend’s private jet since a coffee tasting in Arezzo last spring. The Pope’s recent trip...

  8. April 5, 2012

    Judging a book by its cover

    “Modern first editions” is a recognised book collectors’ genre, but any investor looking to assess the performance of these...

  9. March 30, 2012

    The old buccaneers

     Silver: Return to Treasure Island, by Andrew Motion, Jonathan Cape, £12.99, 404 pages One fateful day in 1894, Robert Louis...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. January 13, 2012

    Sex, art and Picasso’s libido

    Bless their thermal undergarments. Archive material just released under the 50-year rule in Stockholm reveals that the...

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    January 3, 2012

    Vietnamese use dollar at their peril

    Famous guests at Hanoi’s leading five-star hotel, the Sofitel-managed Metropole, have included actor Charlie Chaplin,...

  14. September 17, 2011

    Small talk: Stef Penney

    Stef Penney was born in 1969 in Edinburgh and grew up in the city. She studied philosophy and theology at Bristol...

  15. July 16, 2011

    Small talk: Ross Raisin

    Born in West Yorkshire in 1979, Ross Raisin studied English and then creative writing in London. He wrote his first novel,...

  16. June 12, 2011

    War hero who crafted a literature of place

    By Phil Davison Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, who has died aged 96, was a swashbuckling soldier, secret agent, adventurer, poet,...

  17. April 30, 2011

    Small talk: Dermot Healy

    Novelist, poet and dramatist Dermot Healy was born in 1947 in Westmeath, Ireland. Among his works are A Goat’s Song (1994),...

  18. April 29, 2011

    Red Heat

    Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder and the Cold War in the Caribbean, by Alex von Tunzelmann, Simon & Schuster, RRP£25, 528 pages...

  19. April 29, 2011

    Chasing the Devil

    Chasing the Devil: On Foot Through Africa’s Killing Fields, by Tim Butcher, Vintage, RRP£8.99, 336 pages In 1989, Charles...

  20. January 21, 2011

    Small talk: Neil Jordan

    Novelist and film director Neil Jordan was born in Ireland in 1950. A graduate of University College Dublin, he went on to...

  21. January 10, 2011

    The Potting Shed, Finborough Theatre, London

    What do you keep in your potting shed? Trays of neatly bedded seedlings? Defunct household gadgets that you hope to throw...

  22. January 5, 2011

    Film releases: January 7

    Pain of monarchy: Colin Firth in Tom Hooper’s ‘The King’s Speech’ Looking at stills of The King’s Speech before seeing it, I...

  23. December 17, 2010

    For your eyes only

    The Royal Palm Villa at GoldenEye resort When I finally pull myself away from the terrace above the cliffs it is because I...

  24. November 26, 2010

    Our man in Quetta

    For weeks, Afghanistan has been abuzz at the news that the west is talking to the Taliban. It turns out, alas, that this is...

  25. September 27, 2010

    A Capital Crime

    A Capital Crime, by Laura Wilson, Quercus RRP£12.99, 352 pages The trend for mixing fact and fiction has seen Oscar Wilde...

  26. August 27, 2010

    At the heart of the matter

    Shades of Greene: One Generation of an English Family, by Jeremy Lewis, Jonathan Cape, RRP£25, 580 pages Graham Greene:...

  27. July 2, 2010

    Point and shoot

    I, Camera Before Rec 2, before Rec, before Cloverfield, there was Christopher Isherwood. “I am a camera,” he wrote in...

  28. November 9, 2009

    Lately, it has been exciting to be Swiss

    From Mr Frederick Hopson. Sir, John Gapper’s excellent analysis of Warren Buffett’s latest investment (“Safe signals from...

  29. 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...

  30. July 13, 2009

    Greene invented shot glass chess

    From Ms Rhoda Koenig. Sir, Jonathan Moules reports (‘The schoolboy dream grows up’, July 8) that Michael Smith ‘brags that...

  31. March 2, 2009

    The Comedians

    The Comedians By Graham GreeneCover design by Paul Buckley Penguin Classic, 2005 The Comedians is perhaps Graham Greene’s...

  32. February 28, 2009

    The Comedians

    The Comedians is perhaps Graham Greene's darkest novel. Set in François Duvalier's Haiti, it begins with the hotelier and a...

  33. September 6, 2008

    TV films

    Saturday offers Tony Richardson's Oscar-winning Tom Jones (ITV3 1.40pm), a consciously British triumph. The exuberance of a...

  34. 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...

  35. June 21, 2008

    Hanoi's hotels

    Church Hotel The Church has been given an upgrade that almost takes it to designer boutique standards. The Superior...

  36. April 28, 2008

    Small Talk: David Lodge

    David Lodge has followed his twin pursuits as a literary critic and comic novelist for more than half a century. Now 73, he...

  37. April 26, 2008

    Small talk - David Lodge

    David Lodge has followed his twin pursuits as a literary critic and comic novelist for more than half a century. Now 73, he...

  38. April 12, 2008

    Small Talk - Blake Morrison

    BLAKE MORRISON, 57, is a Yorkshire-born writer, poet and journalist. He worked for The Times Literary Supplement before...

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