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  1. Material World

    August 29, 2012

    Ann Romney brings Oscar de la Renta in from the political cold

    Oscar de la Renta, the designer who was for decades the bipartisan go-to man for first ladies from Nancy Reagan to Hillary...

  2. June 3, 2012

    America’s unlikely class-war candidates

    Class consciousness has always been un-American. Yet there are points, such as during the 1930s, when politics brings it out...

  1. April 29, 2011

    Catherine’s choices

    And so we have ourselves a new style icon. On Friday Catherine Middleton became a princess, walking through the doors of...

  2. September 7, 2010

    Tiny Kushner, Tricycle Theatre, London

    The title is not just a pun, but almost an oxymoron. Tony Kushner is not a playwright renowned for his terseness: think of...

  3. October 5, 2009

    Driven to distraction

    Dear Book Doctor,My wife is desperate for me to learn to drive but I’m terrified of the idea.I fear I’m running out of...

  4. The World

    September 3, 2009

    The first ladies club (abducted by aliens)

    For the first time in my life, I find myself envying Angela Merkel’s husband. That is because the spouses meetings at G8 and...

  5. July 27, 2009

    American Wife

    American Wife By Curtis Sittenfeld Black Swan £7.99, 638 pages FT Bookshop price: £6.39 Drawing on significant events in...

  6. June 11, 2009

    Tiny Kushner

    I once asked the director Billy Wilder if he wanted to go with me to see Tony Kushner's epic Angels in America . For me,...

  7. June 10, 2009

    Tiny Kushner, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis

    I once asked the director Billy Wilder if he wanted to go with me to see Tony Kushner’s epic Angels in America. For me,...

  8. April 14, 2009

    Lift the veil on our war aims

    The Darul Aman palace is a huge neo-classical pile with hundreds of rooms, set against the backdrop of the snowy mountains...

  9. April 13, 2009

    Lift the veil on our war aims

    The Darul Aman palace is a huge neo-classical pile with hundreds of rooms, set against the backdrop of the snowy mountains...

  10. February 20, 2009

    UN is told of failings on Burma reform

    The United Nations Security Council heard on Friday there had been no progress in persuading Burma’s military regime to...

  11. January 17, 2009

    Presidential preferences

    The inauguration next week of Barack Obama as the 44th US president will bring historic change to the White House. But the...

  12. January 17, 2009

    Presidential preferences

    The inauguration next week of Barack Obama as the 44th US president will bring historic change to the White House. But the...

  13. January 6, 2009

    Speculation over Laura Bush book

    Laura Bush has sold a memoir of her eight years in the White House to Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, allowing...

  14. January 6, 2009

    Speculation on advance for Laura Bush memoir

    Laura Bush has sold a memoir of her eight years in the White House, allowing the battered book industry the light relief of...

  15. January 5, 2009

    Speculation on advance for Laura Bush memoir

    Laura Bush has sold a memoir of her eight years in the White House, allowing the battered book industry the light relief of...

  16. November 17, 2008

    American Wife

    American Wife By Curtis Sittenfeld Doubleday £11.99 558 pages FT Bookshop price: £9.59 The story of how a self-effacing,...

  17. November 15, 2008

    American Wife

    American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld Doubleday £11.99 558 pages FT Bookshop price: £9.59 The story of how a self-effacing,...

  18. November 8, 2008

    The first in many ways

    In a week when America elected its first African-American president, and its first Democrat in 32 years to win a majority...

  19. November 7, 2008

    Woman in the News: Michelle Obama

    In a week when America elected its first African-American president, and its first Democrat in 32 years to win a majority...

  20. November 1, 2008

    Judging a candidate by his wife’s fashion

    So this week Americans go to the polls to select their new president. Standing in the booths, punching their ballots, they...

  21. October 25, 2008

    Curtis Sittenfeld

    "I observe the world and I get paid for it", says Curtis Sittenfeld. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1975, and after...

  22. October 25, 2008

    Small Talk: Curtis Sittenfeld

    “I observe the world and I get paid for it”, says Curtis Sittenfeld. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1975, and after...

  23. September 4, 2008

    St Paul Diary

    It turns out the Democrats are not the only party with a unity problem. Followers of Ron Paul, the Texas congressman who...

  24. September 1, 2008

    Markets relieved as Gustav weakens

    Hurricane Gustav ploughed into the Gulf Coast of Louisiana on Monday with less force than forecast, prompting relief in...

  25. August 16, 2008

    'People look into your eyes more'

    Name: Nuri Yurt Age: 39 Occupation: Owner of Toka hair salons in New York and Washington, DC. Stylist to Laura Bush, the US...

  26. August 16, 2008

    ‘People look into your eyes more’

    Name: Nuri Yurt Age: 39 Occupation: Owner of Toka hair salons in New York and Washington, DC. Stylist to Laura Bush, the US...

  27. June 12, 2008

    Donors pledge $20bn for Afghanistan

    Donor countries led by the US yesterday pledged more than $20bn to help re-build Afghanistan despite stepping up their...

  28. FT Alphaville

    February 6, 2008

    A few words on Schwarzman...

    We’re sure he’s worth it. And we don’t doubt the hard work that profiler James B Stewart has put into his commission. But...

  29. July 14, 2007

    Akie Abe - Pet causes

    A few days after I had lunch with Akie Abe, the near-celebrity wife of Japan's prime minister attended a private dinner...

  30. July 13, 2007

    Lunch with the FT: Akie Abe

    A few days after I had lunch with Akie Abe, the near-celebrity wife of Japan’s prime minister attended a private dinner with...

  31. May 7, 2007

    The Week Ahead

    TODAY Climate focus Commitments to the Kyoto protocol and efforts to combat global warming will come under the spotlight...

  32. April 17, 2007

    Students seek answers after gun rampage

    It might be tempting to ­portray Blacksburg, Virginia – the scene of the worst shooting rampage in modern US history – as a...

  33. November 1, 2006

    Rumsfeld and Bolton face poll uncertainty

    The mid-term elections next week could help decide the fate of two of the most controversial Bush administration officials,...

  34. October 31, 2006

    Rumsfeld faces poll uncertainty

    The midterm elections next week could help decide the fate of two of the most controversial Bush administration officials,...

  35. October 14, 2006

    Military chief arms Rumsfeld critics

    In declaring that UK troops should leave Iraq because their presence "exacerbates the security problems", General Sir...

  36. September 22, 2006

    Clinton initiative wins $7.3bn pledges

    Former US President Bill Clinton’s global initiative conference wound up in New York on Friday with 215 commitments from...

  37. September 22, 2006

    Keeping it in the family

    Looks like Hillary Clinton is reluctant to commit herself too far on policies, even when safely on home ground. Appearing on...

  38. September 21, 2006

    Keeping it in the family

    Friday, September 22 Looks like Hillary Clinton is reluctant to commit herself too far on policies, even when safely on home...

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