Inside the home (and mind) of world chess champion Magnus Carlsen

Financial Times – Saturday At Home

Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, has a great capacity for putting people at ease. Flight delays have made me an hour late, but there he is at the top of the stairs of his Oslo home, holding open the door and saying: “It’s all right, I understand.” Yet this is, probably, the greatest player in the game, mobbed by screaming fans wherever he goes and in such commercial demand that his black cotton jacket is a veritable advertising billboard. On one breast is the logo of a law firm, on another an investment bank, on one arm an electrical company, and on the other a prominent Oslo newspaper — just some of the deals that earn him about £1m a year.

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Mihir Bose: Can the Euros decide how the Brits vote in the referendum?

Inside World Football

On the face of it this is an absurd question. How can what happens to England, Wales and Northern Ireland make any difference to how they vote in the EU referendum?

The first is a football tournament that at the end of the day only affects one continent, albeit the most important one in footballing terms – it controls the game economically, the best players in the world play on the continent and, after Germany’s victory in Brazil, south America can no longer claim that at least on the field of play it is superior. Nevertheless kicking a ball, or worrying about Ronaldo’s moods, has surely nothing to do with how we decide what is described as a decision that will affect not merely us but our children and their children.

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The Lost HeroThe Lost Hero is now available

Any account of the history of India’s independence movement cannot be complete without Subhas Chandra Bose – the man who opposed Gandhi, was a bitter rival of Nehru and waged war against Mountbatten.  This is Bose’s story, and that of the alternative violent, revolutionary struggle for Indian independence – one that often paralleled the non-violent one and occasionally threatened to overwhelm it.  Bose was anathema to both the Congress and the British Raj. His supporters, however, went to the other extreme, magnifying his virtues and completely obscuring his faults.

First published in 1982, this is a powerfully revised edition, incorporating the updated findings of the last three decades.  It is deeply researched and makes for inspirational reading on one of India’s most illustrious sons – who dared to be different.

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