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    1. November 4, 2014

      Helen Macdonald’s ‘H is for Hawk’ wins Samuel Johnson prize

      The Samuel Johnson prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for non-fiction writing, has been awarded to a memoir for the...

    2. August 22, 2014

      ‘A Buzz in the Meadow’, by Dave Goulson

      Dave Goulson’s A Sting in the Tail, a surprise bestseller last year that was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize,...

    1. July 15, 2014

      Failure is fine if entrepreneurs do not sweeten the truth

      It appears that it is now cool to celebrate business failure. Such a positive approach was not always the way. Once upon a...

    2. May 9, 2014

      A splendid mess of a union should not be torn asunder

      On the morning of September 19 the Scots and the rest of the British may well wake up as foreigners to each other. For...

    3. November 4, 2013

      Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s The Pike wins Samuel Johnson prize

      The UK’s most prestigious award for non-fiction, the £20,000 Samuel Johnson prize, has been awarded to Lucy Hughes-Hallett...

    4. November 1, 2013

      How the other half lives in London

      Samuel Johnson said that when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can...

    5. September 8, 2013

      Irish distillers order a triple as whiskey flows

      It was a favourite tipple of Queen Elizabeth I, who had casks of it delivered to her court in the 16th century. Dr Samuel...

    6. June 21, 2013

      Ready salted

      The Sea Inside, by Philip Hoare, Fourth Estate, RRP£18.99, 384 pages “I probably think too much about whales,” writes Philip...

    7. March 27, 2012

      The diversity of ‘England’ today

      From Mr Samuel Johnson. Sir, I hesitate to question the judgment of Lord Taverne (Letters,...

    8. March 9, 2012

      Small Talk: Ron Rash

      Born in South Carolina, US, in 1953, Ron Rash published his first book, a collection of short stories called The Night the...

    9. December 28, 2011

      Restoring faith in the banking system

      The public has never seen banking as a wholly respectable activity, and history abounds with slighting references to those...

    10. November 4, 2011

      The Diary: AN Wilson

      The films of Aleksandr Sokurov are a revelation to me. Fortunately, there is a season of them at the British Film Institute...

    11. beyondbrics

      September 6, 2011

      Guest post: in defence of India (and its health standards)

      By Prashant Agrawal, principal at a global management consultancy To begin with, I must say that I am friends with the three...

    12. beyondbrics

      September 2, 2011

      India: come with a firm mind, strong constitution - and malaria pills

      The human cost of doing business in India has been known to multinational employers for centuries. Niall Ferguson, the...

    13. July 26, 2011

      Zuckerberg wannabes squander careers

      I used to think Mark Zuckerberg’s achievement with Facebook was a fabulous inspiration to entrepreneurs everywhere. Now I’m...

    14. July 1, 2011

      Not just for weddings

      Wedding fever is upon us all. After the royal wedding, the biggest frock event of the year, comes the second biggest: the...

    15. June 29, 2011

      Hair shirt for Hari

      Johann Hari is known for his high-profile interviews. But in his view, the linguistic skills of his subjects do not always...

    16. June 11, 2011

      The Tao of Travel

      The Tao of Travel, Paul Theroux, Hamish Hamilton, RRP£16.99, 304 pages “To travel hopefully is a better thing than to...

    17. March 11, 2011

      A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson, Dr Johnson’s House London/touring

      “My house is full of vagabonds that no sane person would have near them,” remarks Samuel Johnson in this adaptation from...

    18. October 7, 2010

      A case not so much of agreeing to differ as just differing

      “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” So said the...

    19. July 2, 2010

      From Liverpool to some awfully big adventures

      Beryl Bainbridge: nominated five times for the Man Booker prize Dame Beryl Bainbridge, who died in a London hospital on...

    20. July 2, 2010

      North Korean insights win prize

      The winner of this year's BBC Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction is Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea by Barbara...

    21. May 21, 2010

      Now is the time to ask: 'What crisis?'

      The classic definition of "crisis" was given in Samuel Johnson's pioneering 18th-century dictionary: "the point in which the...

    22. May 7, 2010

      A credo for a revived capitalism

      At some stage it will be necessary to look beyond bail-outs and emergency packages and ask what kind of capitalism should...

    23. May 6, 2010

      A credo for a revived capitalism

      At some stage it will be necessary to look beyond bail-outs and emergency packages and ask what kind of capitalism should...

    24. April 1, 2010

      This is no place for honour and trust

      From Prof Peter B. Hirsch.Sir, As Michael Skapinker points out in “The art of repairing a cracked reputation” (March 30),...

    25. December 9, 2009

      The allure of annual to-do lists in business

      So, how was it for you? The last set of board meetings I have attended have all been about the likely outcome for 2009 - and...

    26. September 22, 2009

      Empty Chambers

      Sad to hear Chambers Harrap, publisher of Chambers Dictionary , is closing its Edinburgh office with the likely loss of 27...

    27. May 2, 2009

      A glowing presence

      When a man becomes old, wrote wise Samuel Johnson, he starts planting trees. I now realise that the doctor, a marvel of...

    28. February 19, 2009

      Loss of pensions benefits would be the bigger blow

      "The prospect of hanging concentrates the mind wonderfully," remarked Dr Samuel Johnson in the 18th century. Institutional...

    29. February 18, 2009

      Loss of pensions benefits would be the bigger blow

      “The prospect of hanging concentrates the mind wonderfully,” remarked Dr Samuel Johnson in the 18th century. Institutional...

    30. January 10, 2009

      Amorous to Zealous

      Samuel Johnson was the prototype of the literary celebrity - and of the modern professional author, independent of...

    31. January 10, 2009

      Amorous to zealous

      The Life of Samuel Johnson By James Boswell Penguin £18.99, 1,246 pages FT Bookshop price: £15.19 Samuel Johnson: A...

    32. January 5, 2009

      Scotland proves magnet for jobseekers

      Samuel Johnson famously declared: “The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees is the high road that leads him to...

    33. January 5, 2009

      Scotland proves magnet for jobseekers

      Samuel Johnson famously declared: "The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees is the high road that leads him to...

    34. October 25, 2008

      A renewed acquaintance

      My way back to Dr Johnson, whom I studied at university but misreckoned an old bore, led through southern Spain. Taking...

    35. October 12, 2008

      A minute before midnight for banks

      The banking system of the western world is suffering the equivalent of a cardiac arrest. It is now virtually impossible for...

    36. August 9, 2008

      Gutter press

      The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum by Sarah Wise Bodley Head £20 342 pages FT Bookshop price: £16...

    37. December 5, 2007

      An inconvenient truth about awaydays

      Once more I have the overpowering urge to bite the hand that feeds. I feel compelled to spell out what most in the...

    38. December 4, 2007

      An inconvenient truth about away days

      Once more I have the overpowering urge to bite the hand that feeds. I feel compelled to spell out what most in the boardroom...

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