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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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