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  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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. March 27, 2012

    The diversity of ‘England’ today

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

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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),...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. January 10, 2009

    Amorous to Zealous

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

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. October 27, 2007

    THE LIST - Harry Eyres' guide to getting the most from bird-watching and feeding

    Late autumn and winter, which might sound cold and grim, are actually very good seasons for bird-watching , much more...

  38. October 26, 2007

    Getting the most from birds

    Late autumn and winter, which might sound cold and grim, are actually very good seasons for bird-watching, much more...

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