Haute culture

The beauty industry is stressing its artistic credentials. By Bethan Cole

American dreamscape

An exhibition in Florence highlights the city’s place in the imagination of US artists before the first world war. Rachel Spence reports

The old buccaneers

‘Silver’, Andrew Motion’s sequel to ‘Treasure Island’, captures something of the old magic amid Caribbean waters

Show me the money

After ‘Whoops!’, John Lanchester’s bestselling account of the economic crash, his new novel ‘Capital’ continues his engagement with the world of finance. Here he explains why this puts him in something of a literary minority