When we Empower women, we all win

In 1959 contraception was finally made available to unmarried women in the UK, Helen Brook a family planning pioneer said “To think that at last women could be in charge of themselves, decide for themselves. Women were really going to be free.” Six decades later are women really free as pay inequality is entrenched in…

Charles Dickens the champion of the downtrodden

Charles Dickens, a great orator and one of the most famous of the eminent Victorians, with his hyper-energetic personality,  experiencing the best and the worst of life during the Victorian Age, looked much older than his fifty-eight years when he died. Dickens wanted the real world divided neatly into good and bad, like the characters…

We live in a world that’s more interconnected than ever before

An idea takes off like wildfire, changing our world forever, as a deadly virus suddenly explodes into the population. We live in a world that’s more interconnected than ever before.  Our lives are shaped by outbreaks of disease of misinformation, even of violence that appears, spread, and fade away with bewildering speed. Adam Kucharski, an…

The threat of technological unemployment is real

Daniel Susskind’s A World Without Work show why advances in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of jobs are increasingly at risk. Susskind argues that machines no longer need to reason like us in order to outperform us. Tasks that used to be beyond the capability of computers –from diagnosing illness to drafting legal contracts-…

The Emperor in pursuit of pleasure

  Lisa Balabanlilar, Rice University specialist on early modern Asian history, comes to life, in her sensitive biography of Jahangir, the fourth of the six great Mughal Emperors of India, the oldest son of Akbar the Great who extended the Mughal Empire across the Indian subcontinent and the father of Shah Jahan, the builder of…

Andre’s spectacular rise and eventual fall at Vogue

    Style icon, bestselling author and former Vogue creative director, Andre Leon Talley  reveals what truly happens behind the scenes in the world of high fashion. During Andre Leon Talley’s first magazine job assisting Andy Warhol at interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfield began a decade-long friendship and propelled Talley into the upper…

A gripping tale of one of the most lucrative crimes in history

  The Avery’s most lasting legacy was the inadvertent triggering of a new model for the global economy. Henry Every was the seventeenth century’s most notorious pirate as the British government offered enormous bounties for his capture alive or preferably dead. Every’s most lasting legacy was the inadvertent triggering of a major shift in the…

Promoting the elite at the expense of the workers

Trade conflicts caused by governments promoting the interest of the elite at the expense of workers. Across the world, the rich have prospered while workers can no longer afford to buy what they produce have lost their jobs, or have been forced into higher levels of debt. The class wars of rising inequality are a…

Implement and practice radical plans

In Martin Sandbu’s The Economic of Belonging, a innovative and  pervasive new approach to economic policy that addresses the symptoms and causes of inequality in Western society fuelled by populism and the frustrations of the disenfranchised, make a case to win back the left behind -those abandoned  as economic jetsam by the rising tide of…

Kings of Shanghai who shaped modern China

The last Kings of Shanghai is the multigenerational epic story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong and their families who helped to shape modern China and the central role of businesspeople at a time when twentieth-century China was still emerging from political self-isolation. In Shanghai,1936, the Cathay Hotel located on…