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  1. June 13, 2014

    Quentin Blake talks to Simon Schama

    The Big Friendly Giant he is not: more like the Small Friendly Elf, tufty-haired, white-shod and beaming. But Quentin Blake,...

  2. May 23, 2014

    Snooty versus super-snobs – and my thoughts on party planners

    On the subject of picnics, I made several literary references and a reader has asked if I ever came across Enid Blyton at my...

  1. March 28, 2014

    Good enough to eat: the furniture crafted from edible materials

    It might sound a bit Roald Dahl, but chairs made of boiled sweets are no longer the stuff of fiction. In fact, edible...

  2. December 6, 2013

    The Inventory: Sophie Dahl

    Sophie Dahl, 36, is a former model whose first novella was a bestseller. She has published two cookery books and has...

  3. November 29, 2013

    Why Belgium arouses suspicion – and should an atheist say grace?

    David Tang, entrepreneur and founder of ICorrect, offers advice on questions about property, interiors – and modern manners...

  4. August 16, 2013

    The home decor choices of artists, writers and filmmakers

    David Tang, entrepreneur and founder of ICorrect, offers advice on questions about property, interiors – and modern manners...

  5. April 30, 2013

    2013 Tony Award nominations

    When the The Broadway League and the American Theater Wing announced their 2013 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday morning in...

  6. April 11, 2013

    Matilda, Shubert Theatre, New York – review

    As my performance of Matilda, the dark, delirious musical sailing on to Broadway from success in London, was letting out the...

  7. December 7, 2012

    Fulfil me up

    The girl’s birthday is looming and, like many parents, we are sourcing her presents from online retailers. See what I just...

  8. April 15, 2012

    Matilda the Musical scoops seven awards

    Matilda the Musical stole the show at the Olivier Awards on Sunday, scooping seven awards – a record number for a single...

  9. 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...

  10. November 25, 2011

    Matilda the Musical, Cambridge Theatre, London

    How easily this stage version of Roald Dahl’s novel could have gone wrong, with little bookworm Matilda becoming too...

  11. November 5, 2011

    Lunch with the FT: Tim Minchin

    Think of the gothic love-child of Cole Porter and Lenny Bruce, I tell a friend who has never heard of Tim Minchin and who...

  12. September 23, 2011

    How I lost my love of reading

    “Charlie picked it up and tore off the wrapper…and suddenly…from underneath the wrapper…there came a brilliant flash of...

  13. August 26, 2011

    Fashion takes the Mickey

    Designers are known for getting their inspiration from surprising sources, but one of the most unlikely muses in fashion has...

  14. August 12, 2011

    The Borrower

    Neither a borrower nor a lender be, declares Polonius. Unfortunately his advice is hard to apply if you work in a library,...

  15. July 9, 2011

    Small talk: Téa Obreht

    Last month, Téa Obreht, 25, became the youngest winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction for her debut novel, The Tiger’s...

  16. March 13, 2011

    Fantastic Mr Fox, Hackney Empire, London

    A theatre packed with children is a good place to start. As English Touring Opera prepares to set out on this year’s spring...

  17. March 4, 2011

    Foxy business on the road

    Adam Tunnicliffe as Mr Porcupine in ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ Twenty years after his death, Roald Dahl is enjoying blockbuster...

  18. January 25, 2011

    Twisted Tales, Lyric Theatre, London

    “The imagination is a ferocious beast: it needs regular exercise.” So reads our guide – a young lad with his nose in a book...

  19. November 26, 2010

    Agony Uncle: Be fit, be nude but never rude

    Sir David Tang, globetrotter, entrepreneur and the man about too many towns to mention, divides his time between homes in...

  20. June 23, 2010

    Wizardry under the wrapper

    The world premiere of The Golden Ticket was late in coming. Peter Ash finished a preliminary version of his operatic...

  21. January 5, 2010

    Christmas quiz: the answers

    Thanks to everyone who entered our Christmas challenge, published in the special December 24 edition of Life & Arts. And...

  22. November 28, 2009

    Italy's quiet confectioner

    For the Italian entrepreneur there is a famous rite of passage. Be they Gianni Agnelli or Silvio Berlusconi, once they have...

  23. November 21, 2009

    Ferrero surprise

    Michele Ferrero, the patriarch of the Italian confectionery dynasty, is the Willy Wonka of real life chocolatiers. Like the...

  24. November 21, 2009

    Reclusive Ferrero has the financial wherewithal

    Michele Ferrero, the patriarch of the Italian confectionery dynasty, is the Willy Wonka of real life chocolatiers. Like the...

  25. December 20, 2008

    The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

    Little Angel Theatre, London N1 A charming, witty puppet show adapted by Tim Kane from the children's book by Roald Dahl....

  26. November 22, 2008

    Boys or girls allowed

    Go into any children's bookshop and you'll see rows of sparkly pink and lilac spines on books aimed at girls, and menacing...

  27. November 8, 2008

    The Famous Five take on the PC gang

    Visit any children's library or bookshop and you'll find a whole range of bright "new" Enid Blyton books. The prolific...

  28. November 1, 2008

    Far from child's play in world of collectables

    Panic may be what's driving markets at the moment, but that doesn't seem to have fazed entrepreneur Luke Heron. In possibly...

  29. October 31, 2008

    David Stevenson: Far from child’s play

    Panic may be what’s driving markets at the moment, but that doesn’t seem to have fazed entrepreneur Luke Heron. In possibly...

  30. October 18, 2008

    Children Get Taken Seriously As Readers, 1967

    Every subscription came with a smart enamel badge, a membership number and the key to a secret code that only Puffineers...

  31. October 18, 2008

    Children get taken seriously as readers, 1967

    Puffin Post, an eclectic subscriber-only magazine for children, launched in 1967, and by its 1970s heyday had some 200,000...

  32. June 7, 2008

    Offices infused with the buzz of an artistic hive

    Unlike Tokyo and New York, where property developers and cultural promoters have long walked hand-in-hand, a privately...

  33. March 29, 2008

    FILM - Karl French

    There's so much to enjoy in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (ITV1 7.00pm), Tim Burton's gorgeously designed take on Roald...

  34. December 22, 2007

    Martin Hoyle - RADIO

    Facetiousness dogs the weekend. Pamela Branch's comedy-thriller The Wooden Overcoat (Radio 4 2.30pm), adapted by Mark...

  35. December 22, 2007

    THEATRE SARAH HEMMING & IAN SHUTTLEWORTH

    Loft Roundhouse, London NW1 The 7 Fingers are seven former members of the groundbreaking Cirque du Soleil, who here present...

  36. October 13, 2007

    How Books Can Save Your Life

    Dear Book Doctor, I hate that I’m getting older. Of course there’s nothing I can do to reverse it, but I’m feeling very low...

  37. June 2, 2007

    Fare enough

    ROGUES, WRITERS & WHORES by Daniel Rogov Toby Press £14.99, 335 pages FT bookshop price: £11.99 In a memorable short story...

  38. June 1, 2007

    Rogues, Writers & Whores

    ROGUES, WRITERS & WHORES Book by Daniel Rogov Toby Press ₤14.99, 335 pages FT bookshop price: ₤11.99 In a memorable short...

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