Simon Kuper is one of England’s most astute football writers, and one of the leading commentators on the global game. Read more

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Any new edition of Granta is a pleasure. This one, Granta 119 (Britain), is a revelation. Published, with a wry, almost diabolic sense of humour to coincide with the celebration of the Queen’s diamond jubilee, the outstanding cover designed by Paul Smith sets the tone. Read more

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Ed Smith played cricket for England, Kent and Middlesex. After his retirement from the game, he became a first-rate journalist, writing not merely about sport. He also became an author. In What Sport Tells Us About Life, a book that was brilliant in patches, he spread himself a both thin. His new book, Luck: What It Means and Why It Matters, is more focused, and is all the better for it. Read more

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