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Theatre review: The Visit

Friedrich Dürrenmatt's Swiss classic The Visit, transported to 1950s America, poses the question: how much would you kill for?
28 Feb 2020
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Six contrarian books for Christmas

Merryn Somerset Webb picks six of her favourite contrarian books to help you look clever and perhaps win a few arguments over the Christmas dinner tab…
9 Dec 2019
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The money to be made from classic books

If the idea of surrounding yourself with valuable first editions has a certain romantic appeal, here’s where to start.
28 Nov 2019
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Sift through the tech IPO flops to find the next Amazon.com

Some big names in tech have floundered since listing. That may be a buying opportunity, says Matthew Lynn.
15 Sep 2019
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Coming to terms with Anna Sorokin

My Friend Anna: The true story of the fake heiress of New York CityWilliams is a solid writer who does a good job of explaining how she, and other int…
21 Aug 2019
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Book in the news… the inside story of Spain’s tumultuous crisis

After the Fall Crisis, Recovery and the Making of a New SpainA book that goes beyond politics to offer a deeply sympathetic portrayal of a country.
21 Aug 2019
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An offbeat take on economics

Review: This Giant Beast That is the Global EconomyA new TV series outfreaks Freakonomics.
20 Aug 2019
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Dodgy accounting, mental glitches and killer robots – just a few of my holiday reading tips

John Stepek picks a sample of the books he's read and enjoyed this year, for you to add to your holiday reading list.
27 Jul 2019

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Rutherford and Son: a portrait of a family business

Theatre review: Rutherford and Son Rutherford and Son offers a snapshot of economic and social life in Edwardian England.
8 Jul 2019
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Book review: a fascinating take on recent European history

Alarums and Excursions A former speechwriter for the European Council president looks at some of the key challenges that the EU has faced over the pas…
27 May 2019
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Book in the news: Rees-Mogg's mind-bogglingly banal work of self-promotion

Book review: The VictoriansJacob Rees-Mogg makes little effort in this uninteresting and badly written run through of the usual Victorian suspects.
24 May 2019
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Lessons for budding entrepreneurs

Book review: What it Takes Raegan Moya-Jones' book is an entertaining and informative “warts and all” account of how she set up her business.
13 May 2019
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Book in the news: countries in therapy

Book review: Upheaval Jared Diamond’s approach is somewhat at odds with conventional historians as he attempts to draw lessons from countries that ha…
13 May 2019
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Book of the week: why Trump got elected

Book review: People, Power and Profits Joseph E Stiglitz addresses the discontent that paved Donald Trump's way to power.
13 May 2019
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Book of the week: the problems with Chinese trade

Book review: The Silk Road Trap Jonathan Holslag argues that Beijing has repeatedly outmanoeuvred Brussels by getting Europe to open its markets in re…
29 Apr 2019
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Seven well-chosen private equity case studies

Book review: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Private Equity Anybody wanting to know more about the private equity industry should find something th…
29 Apr 2019
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Book in the news: was Neville Chamberlain right to play for time?

Book review: Appeasing Hitler Tim Bouverie rises to the challenge of telling the complex story of appeasement.
29 Apr 2019
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Review: Mary Poppins Returns

Children and adults alike will enjoy this charming, elegant story, and its tuneful, catchy numbers, says Matthew Partridge.
16 Apr 2019
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Book of the week: making the case for Trump

The Case for TrumpMost pundits think that Donald Trump is doomed to be a one-term president. Military historian and conservative commentator Victor Da…
16 Apr 2019
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Book in the news: the manipulative advisers behind Trump’s throne

Kushner Inc: Greed. Ambition. CorruptionDonald Trump is a polarising figure, but even he’s not quite as unpopular as “Javanka”, the nickname for his d…
16 Apr 2019
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Book of the week: irrational markets and investor psychology

A Crisis of BeliefsAcademic economists Nicola Gennaioli and Andrei Shleifer argue that financial markets can, behave in irrational ways.
3 Apr 2019
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A short, but to-the-point look at Brexit

Book review: Ninve lessons in BrexitIvan Roger makes a lot of good points in his analysis of where we've been going wrong with Brexit.
3 Apr 2019
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Book of the week: does austerity work or not?

Book review: Austerity A look at a wide number of case studies to gauge the efficacy of various austerity programmes over the last four decades.
21 Mar 2019