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  1. FT Alphaville

    August 7, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Thursday, - The maximum wage and bonus culture. - Who stole the four hour workday? - China’s 1 per cent (and a...

  2. April 25, 2014

    English picnics – warm bubbly and other traditions

    What would be the essentials for a fine and relaxed picnic? When my editor spotted this question online, she warned the...

  1. March 28, 2014

    ‘Northanger Abbey’, by Val McDermid

    Northanger Abbey, by Val McDermid, Borough Press, RRP£18.99, 352 pages The appetite we have for good-naturedly violating the...

  2. January 27, 2014

    The UK’s vanishing Aussies are missed

    While the British media have been on alert for a so-far elusive flood of Romanians and Bulgarians entering the UK, Notebook...

  3. December 22, 2013

    European companies: signs of life

    Jane Austen once observed that things that are “going untowardly one month, are sure to mend the next”. If she were around...

  4. FT Photo Diary

    December 18, 2013

    New money for the old lady

    Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg Bank of England employees carry concept designs for the new polymer five-pound note featuring...

  5. FT Alphaville

    December 18, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Sterling to Carney: Paul notes that sterling is now appreciating too much and that any...

  6. December 18, 2013

    UK to introduce plastic wipe-clean banknotes in 2016

    Crumpled fivers and tenners are set to be consigned to history after the Bank of England announced the introduction of...

  7. December 8, 2013

    World diary: December 9 - December 15

    • Companies week ahead • Economic Outlook: Expectations rise of US taper buying decision • See a full guide to the week’s...

  8. September 10, 2013

    City should relax and learn to love a diluted FTT

    Continental politicians must envy the extraterritorial reach of the US. The superpower can abduct foreigners it does not...

  9. FT Alphaville

    July 24, 2013

    Caption this -- the Bank's Mr Darcy edition

    That’s Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, announcing on Wednesday that Jane Austen will adorn the new ₤10 note. It’s all...

  10. July 24, 2013

    Jane Austen to be new face of £10 note

    The Bank of England appeased its feminist critics on Wednesday by naming Jane Austen as the next face to grace its banknotes...

  11. July 19, 2013

    Picnic-grief and its remedy

    I may be one of the few people on this planet to have had my feelings hurt by a picnic. Talk about idiotic. What next?...

  12. June 28, 2013

    The list: women on banknotes and other currency controversies

    With Sir Winston Churchill replacing Elizabeth Fry as the new face of the £5 note, the Queen will now be the only woman to...

  13. June 26, 2013

    Pride and Prejudice, Open Air Theatre, London – review

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a great Jane Austen novel must be in want of a dramatic adaptation. Certainly...

  14. June 25, 2013

    No prejudice as Austen lines up as face of £10 note

    Jane Austen is “waiting quietly in the wings” to become the new face on Britain’s £10 notes, Sir Mervyn King has revealed....

  15. February 18, 2013

    We are forgetting the golden rule

    The supposed breakdown of trust, as the philosopher Onora O’Neill once pointed out, is a cliché of our times. But scandals...

  16. January 11, 2013

    Pride and Prejudice – and politics

    This year marks the bicentenary of one of our most beloved novels, Pride and Prejudice. Most of us know the story: Mr and...

  17. December 27, 2012

    A year in a word: Country supper

    There can be few phrases in English that combine two simple words to produce a meaning so complex. “Country supper”...

  18. April 20, 2012

    After shock

    The Beginner’s Goodbye, by Anne Tyler, Chatto & Windus, RRP£14.99, 198 pages As an anatomist of ordinary people and their...

  19. 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...

  20. March 22, 2012

    Tough and exciting challenge for young

    Ruth Smith was studying Shakespeare and Jane Austen at Cardiff university, but the scent of the soil proved irresistible....

  21. March 19, 2012

    Misys: marriage guidance

    With all the dedicated effort of a Jane Austen heroine, banking software group Misys has finally found itself a marriage...

  22. March 9, 2012

    Cary Fukunaga

    So, another cinematic version of Jane Eyre. Big deal. There have already been something like 27. I don’t want to offend you,...

  23. March 2, 2012

    Backyard secret

    The Death of Bees, by Lisa O’Donnell, William Heinemann £12.99 No dead bees but there are two dead parents, buried in the...

  24. February 10, 2012

    Charles Dickens: our overrated mutual friend

    On Tuesday the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens was celebrated across the English-speaking world – not the world, but the...

  25. November 5, 2011

    Future imperfect

    Travelling on the Tube in London, I overheard a conversation between two schoolboys, aged 15 or 16. “What would you buy if...

  26. October 28, 2011

    Lives of the Novelists

    John Sutherland’s Lives of the Novelists is the fruit of a truly staggering amount of reading – the culmination of half a...

  27. October 14, 2011

    An educated view

    How many gardeners nowadays have any idea about contemporary landscape painting? What, indeed, is contemporary landscape...

  28. October 8, 2011

    The Country Life

    Stella leaves her life as a legal secretary in London, discards her possessions and cuts all family ties to become an au...

  29. October 7, 2011

    The Marriage Plot

    Jeffrey Eugenides, a Pulitzer Prize-winner for 2002’s richly rewarding Middlesex, sets his latest novel on a university...

  30. September 17, 2011

    Presenters with an eye on the past

    Everywhere you look there are television programmes trying to teach us something we didn’t know that we didn’t know (or...

  31. beyondbrics

    August 17, 2011

    China encourages "naked marriages"

    If proof were needed that China’s people are more obsessed with property than perhaps anywhere else in the world, a new...

  32. August 13, 2011

    The List: Five top historical re-enactments

    Roman gladiators return to the ring this weekend at Fishbourne Palace in West Sussex*. Combatants will show off in the arena...

  33. August 3, 2011

    Grainger/folk songs, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    “He pinched folk-songs for his music, now we’re pinching them back,” quipped the Northumbrian smallpiper Kathryn Tickell,...

  34. July 22, 2011

    Tender Hooks

    Moni Mohsin’s comic columns for Lahore’s The Friday Times became the best-selling The Diary of a Social Butterfly, and led...

  35. June 24, 2011

    Past repast

    To me, Elizabeth David wrote clear, limpid prose. Without resorting to hyperbole or gush, she was able to evoke food – its...

  36. May 13, 2011

    Of punk and postmodernity

    In the Fales Library, the academic heart of New York University’s busy campus, Marvin Taylor gingerly hands me what I have...

  37. April 9, 2011

    Small talk: Manju Kapur

    Born in Amritsar, India, in 1948, Manju Kapur was in her forties before she began to write, following a teaching career at...

  38. April 1, 2011

    In the mood for mediocrity

    When your prevalent mood is “I’m-fine-as-long-as-no-one-asks-me-how-I-am”, how best to navigate life? When hard times strike...

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