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Lunch with the FT: 52 Classic Interviews [Hardcover]

John Ridding , Lionel Barber
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14 Mar 2013

From film stars to politicians, tycoons to writers, dissidents to lifestyle gurus, Lunch with the FT is a selection of classic interviews conducted in the unforgiving proximity of a restaurant table.

The list of people who have had Lunch with the FT since 1994 reads like an international Who's Who of our times. Meet the rich and famous, the weird and the brilliant, the brave and the virtuous, brought to you by the Financial Times' global network of columnists and correspondents.

The operative word is lunch: this book brings you right to the table to decide what you think of Angela Merkel or Martin Amis, George Soros or Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Angelina Jolie or Jimmy Carter. Meet not just oligarchs and royals, but the tycoon who will pay African presidents to quit, and one of the Arab world's most notorious sons.

Also included are James Ferguson's famous illustrations in black and white.

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, has steered the newspaper to three Newspaper of the Year awards. He has co-written several books, lectured widely, and appears regularly on international TV and radio. Barber graduated in 1978 from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. In 2009 he was awarded the St George Society medal of honour. A long time FT foreign correspondent in Washington, Brussels and New York, he is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the Tate.


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  • Hardcover: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin; 1st edition (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0670922846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670922840
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, has steered the newspaper to three Newspaper of the Year awards. He has co-written several books, lectured widely, and appears regularly on international TV and radio.

Barber graduated in 1978 from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. In 2009 he was awarded the St George Society medal of honour. A long time FT foreign correspondent in Washington, Brussels and New York, he is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the Tate.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking compilation 20 April 2013
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I always enjoy reading the 'Lunch with..' article in Saturdays FT and here was a cracking compilation of some of the most interesting interviews from over the years. It was novel to see how the style of interview had changed over time.. and also to read about lunches with personalities who are no longer with us, or who occupy a very different place in the public eye. Eg. Saif Gaddafi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lunch with the FT. 52 classic interviews. 30 May 2013
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Excellent coffee table book. Guests can just pick it up and find something that interests them.
Very informative interviews. I have recommend it to many people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book 11 Aug 2013
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Such a difference to any other book. Excellent for those who want a quick 10 minute read. Many of the writers' comments are revealing. Excellent value. A good present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 11 Aug 2013
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Not often I'd describe a book as beautiful, but it's presented incredibly well. The interviews are all short, so you're always tempted to read another. The illustrations are incredible. The breadth of interviewees is staggering which makes this book all things to all people. Love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 3 July 2014
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A great mix of characters in this edition. Wonderful. Will want to get more of these books. I like reading biographies and these are mini peeps in lives of known and unknown people. Keep going.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light lunch 21 Jan 2014
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This is a mixed bag. From the FT i would expect a higher overall standard.
some of the interviews you wonder why they chose as you don't learn much.
also, annoyingly - some have picture and itemise the bill and others don't.
I'm sure over all those lunches, some more really interesting/thought provoking stuff came out.
Maybe this was just 'all the lunch that's fit to print?'
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