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    December 5, 2013

    December: season of EM currency drops (usually)

    As Christmas approaches in London, flutter-hungry bookies start taking bets on the likelihood of snowfall. Are EM currency...

  2. June 30, 2013

    Women at Business School: Gayle Peterson

    Gayle Peterson is director of the Women Transforming Leadership executive programme at the University of Oxford Saïd...

  1. June 6, 2013

    Cinema reviews: Behind the Candelabra, The Stone Roses: Made of Stone and After Earth

    The Financial Times, like many companies, urges its staff to disclose private interests. So here is mine regarding Behind...

  2. February 1, 2013

    The emotional wasteland

    The Letters of TS Eliot, Volume 4: 1928-1929, edited by Valerie Eliot and John Haffenden, Faber, RRP£40, 826 pages The first...

  3. November 19, 2012

    It’s time to elect a new people

    So, farewell H’Angus, monkey mayor of Hartlepool. Stuart Drummond, the thrice directly elected mayor of the northeast town,...

  4. October 26, 2012

    The dog bed and the Cézannes

    One of the world’s great art collections has just moved from its founder’s house to a new home. For years the collection of...

  5. September 28, 2012

    Letter from Lex – shadowlands

    As T.S. Eliot wrote in his poem The Hollow Men: “Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the...

  6. April 19, 2012

    Good head for figures takes sculptor to the top

    Antony Gormley’s sculptures of the human form appear here, there and everywhere – in cities, in fields, in the sea, on top...

  7. April 6, 2012

    The joys of being up close and personal

    One lunchtime a few weeks ago, I went to Waterstones in Piccadilly to hear Nadine Gordimer talk about her wonderful new...

  8. March 2, 2012

    Show me the money

    Wallace Stevens, as well as being America’s greatest 20th-century poet, was also a career professional in the insurance...

  9. February 24, 2012

    Class divisions and collisions

    Melvyn Bragg has described his new series, which goes by the straight-shooting title of Melvyn Bragg on Class and Culture...

  10. January 25, 2012

    How should arts sponsors handle negative publicity?

    THE PROBLEM Last week the T.S. Eliot prize for poetry was awarded to John Burnside. But the award had been mired in...

  11. January 15, 2012

    The job: House historian

    Melanie Backe-Hansen, House Historian I spend my days sifting through old maps, deeds, census data and electoral records in...

  12. December 16, 2011

    The Diary: AN Wilson

    The literary festival, and its younger sister the literary lunch, are now more or less inescapable if you find yourself...

  13. November 25, 2011

    Mumbai, three years after 26/11

    As someone born in Bombay, as it was once called, but raised abroad, the city lived large in my imagination. It was the...

  14. September 23, 2011

    The Shadow of a Great Rock

    Modern languages are vanishing, Latin is off the map, but the single most lamentable difference I notice between my...

  15. June 25, 2011

    Gardeners in crime

    “What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow/ Out of this stony rubbish?” asked TS Eliot of the urban wasteland. The...

  16. June 24, 2011

    Dante in Love

    Dante in Love, by AN Wilson, Atlantic, RRP£25, 400 pages Dante Alighieri (born Florence 1265, died Ravenna 1321) is, AN...

  17. May 20, 2011

    No room for improvement

    Invited for tea to a wondrous New York mansion, where every piece of furniture had been conceived of by a famous artist or...

  18. April 8, 2011

    From wasteland to Dreamland

    Oscar Wilde praised the taverns, TS Eliot composed some of “The Waste Land” in a shelter overlooking the beach and Tracey...

  19. March 18, 2011

    School for parental delusion

    When T.S. Eliot wrote about the cruellest month “mixing memory and desire”, he might also have had in mind that this is the...

  20. March 11, 2011

    Poetry and emotion

    WB Yeats with his wife George in 1923 WB Yeats and George Yeats: The Letters, edited by Ann Saddlemyer, Oxford University...

  21. October 16, 2010

    The rules of achievement

    Notes home from the school can so easily provoke an existential crisis. I remember my mother flinching at their frequent...

  22. September 13, 2010

    True Friendship

    True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound, by Christopher Ricks,...

  23. FT Alphaville

    June 18, 2010

    The mirror crack'd

    One of the more interesting things to watch at the GAIM hedge fund conference in Monaco this year – more for light, than...

  24. December 18, 2009

    In my beginning is my end

    Maureen Ellen O’Leary on her new back porch in Oakland, California, US TS Eliot as the bard of house renovation? Unlikely....

  25. December 8, 2009

    Four Quartets

    This was not your ordinary, garden-variety concert. In fact, it was only half a concert. The locale, on Wednesday night, was...

  26. November 16, 2009

    The Letters of TS Eliot

    The Letters of TS Eliot: Volume Two: 1923-1925 Edited by Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton Faber £35, 912 pages FT Bookshop...

  27. August 10, 2009

    Afterlife

    Afterlife By Sean O’Brien Picador £14.99, 299 pages FT Bookshop price £11.99 The poet Sean O’Brien won both the TS Eliot...

  28. June 25, 2009

    Moved by life in the slow lane

    Mexico to the rescue. God bless it: it has outlived the Aztecs and the Alamo; it has survived war, earthquake and viruses...

  29. June 24, 2009

    Moved by the slow life

    Lake TahoeRudo and CursiYear OneSunshine CleaningMy Sister’s KeeperShirin Mexico to the rescue. God bless it: it has...

  30. June 22, 2009

    Look who’s talking

    Dear Book Doctor,I get extremely nervous before interviews. I prepare for hours but when I get there my mind goes blank and...

  31. June 13, 2009

    Satire that gets beneath the uncomfortable skin

    The hectic coverage of the UK’s political crisis this past month shows us again how we are told about public affairs through...

  32. May 20, 2009

    Fog over the rainbow nation

    Here's the plot of Ian Bruce's much-lauded 2005 play Groundswell , now in a New Group production off-Broadway: on the bleak...

  33. May 19, 2009

    Groundswell, Acorn Theatre, New York

    Here’s the plot of Ian Bruce’s much-lauded 2005 play Groundswell, now in a New Group production at the Acorn Theatre: on the...

  34. May 2, 2009

    A season of televised poetry on the BBC

    Owen Sheers presents ‘A Poet’s Guide to Britain’ Television and cinema love a good book. From Vikas Swarup’s Q&A, which...

  35. April 30, 2009

    Duffy set to be first woman poet laureate

    Andrew Motion stepped down as Britain’s poet laureate on Thursday, amid widespread speculation that 53-year-old Carol Ann...

  36. March 7, 2009

    A steak in British history

    I never look a gift horse in the mouth, so I was really quite excited by my sister-in-law’s imminent arrival with a 16th of...

  37. January 10, 2009

    Theatre - Sarah Hemming

    Oliver! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London WC2 Rupert Goold is one of our most exciting directors and now he revives a show...

  38. December 20, 2008

    The Silence Room

    The Silence Room By Sean O’Brien Comma Press £7.95, 202 pages Poet Sean O’Brien took the UK’s two top poetry awards last...

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