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The Architect's Apprentice - Elif Shafak and Leo Johnson at Books For Breakfast

Elif Shafak, Turkey’s best-selling female author, launches her latest book “The Architect’s Apprentice” to widespread acclaim

It was wonderful to catch up with Elif Shafak, a globally acclaimed writer and activist, at the exclusive launch of her new book, “The Architect’s Apprentice” (Viking, 2014) this morning. The event was held at Soho House as part of the Books For Breakfast series, connecting business leaders with authors and their work. Elif is a distinctive (and

Interview with Richard Flanagan, Man Booker 2014 winner

Australian author Richard Flanagan has won the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for his wartime novel “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”. Presented with his prize by The Duchess of Cornwall, Flanagan’s novel is set during the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway in World War Two. AC Grayling, renowned British philosopher and chair of the judges,

Financial Crises - Photo by Darmvlinder - CC BY-ND 2.0

Economic historian Joachim Voth explores how history can teach us about managing financial crises’

Professor Joachim Voth has written a fascinating public paper for the UBS International Center of Economics in Society. Entitled “Fear, Folly, and Financial Crises”, Joachim draws lessons from history to argue that appropriate regulation can curb the frequency of financial crises. Crises are not, as is commonly thought, the inevitable result of everyone becoming irrational every few years. The key points

Tom Chatfield, inspirational speaker on the impact of technology on society, discusses what our descendants will deplore about us

It’s the mark of a great thinker if he can confront his readers with a deeply uncomfortable question and still make it fun as well as thought-provoking. Tom Chatfield is one such man.  An inspirational speaker on how technology is transforming society, he asks in his latest feature for bbc.com,  “What is it that future generations will

Keynote speaker Rory Stewart embarks on Hadrian’s Wall hike

Writing in the Financial Times, Rory Stewart, a British politician, historian and expert keynote speaker, describes how he found history in almost every step as he followed the path of Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman-era fort in Northern England. “I went out at first light. The farmhouse lay on a ridge, and I stood outside. The farm’s

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John Hulsman reflects on what we can learn from D-Day

In today’s City A.M., Dr John Hulsman, a prolific foreign affairs commentator, argued that our leaders have forgotten the spirit of D-Day – and why it saved the world. John was struck by a conversation he had with sergeant Charles Bookman Fair, a friend of his father who led an eight-man rifled mortar squad on D-Day. When asked

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