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    1. November 21, 2014

      ‘Emma’, by Alexander McCall Smith

      Jane Austen is so well known, and so well loved, that to rewrite her novels for the Facebook generation must make commercial...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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?...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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....

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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”...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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....

    22. 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...

    23. 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,...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. October 14, 2011

      An educated view

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

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

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      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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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