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    1. June 19, 2015

      On location: ‘The Third Man’

      The film: The 1949 thriller The Third Man, set in a crumbling postwar Vienna, frequently tops lists of the best films...

    2. June 12, 2015

      ‘The Third Man’: sewers, zithers and cuckoo clocks

      In the preface to his masterly novella The Third Man, Graham Greene famously confessed that the book “was never written...

    1. May 15, 2015

      The Diary: Ali Smith

      People keep asking me, are you still a feminist?” This is Agnès Varda speaking; we are at her colourful, mischievous...

    2. 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...

    3. 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,...

    4. 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”...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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,...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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,...

    20. 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...

    21. 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,...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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:...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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:...

    33. 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...

    34. March 2, 2009

      The Comedians

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

    35. 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...

    36. September 6, 2008

      TV films

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

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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