Great to see England cricketer turned writer and journalist Ed Smith in the office yesterday. Ed has just published his new book, Luck, which explores the role that luck actually plays in life, and how we can accommodate it, and understand it. “Only those with scars on their body should be taken seriously when they talk about randomness. Ed is one of them; he is for real” says Nassim Taleb, who has also thought long and hard about how the unpredictable and unexpected can scupper the best laid plans. Ed is also author of What Sport Tells Us About Life, which the playwright Simon Gray described his as “an absolutely delightful book. What Smith says about rhythm in batting is also true of writing – poise, balance, etc. – and Smith has it.” Ed is a bright speaking talent; thoughtful and funny and with a rare ability to segue from professional sport to philosophy, life skills and the secrets of success and balanced decision-making. Here he is giving a Radio 4 lecture on life, cricket and Duncker’s candle problem.