Financial Times

Ian Thomson’s first article for the Financial Times appeared in 1986. The paper was founded in 1888 and has an average daily readership of 2.2 million worldwide. Here is a selection of Ian Thomson’s recent articles:

The Other Paris by Luc Sante

12 December 2015

A history of the Paris underbelly.


Borderlines by Michela Wrong

11 September 2015

A new novel set in Africa.


The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

22 May 2015

A journey through the work of a 17th-century polymath.


Alfred Hitchcock by Peter Ackroyd

4 April 2015


30 Jan 2015

‘Slow Road to Brownsville’, by David Reynolds

Encounters with cowboys and conservatives on the road from Canada to Mexico.



October 31, 2014

On the shores of Lake Peipsi: where time stands still

Travel article.


June 20, 2014

Waiting for Monsieur Hulot

Jacques Tati, one of French cinema’s great maverick innovators, features this month in a British Film Institute.


October 17, 2014

‘Everything is Wonderful: Memories of a Collective Farm in Estonia’, by Sigrid Rausing

Review by Ian Thomson


January 18, 2013

Nonsense and sensibility

“Why is dumbness to be prized?” asks John Ashbery; it’s a good question.  Review of Ashbery poems by Ian Thomson


December 14, 2012

Roman descent

Article on Mussolini by Ian Thomson


December 14, 2012

Beauty that must die

Article on John Keats by Ian Thomson


August 24, 2012

Literature laid bare

Article on French poet Mallarme by Ian Thomson


June 8, 2012

What remains

A review of a book about Courland in the Baltic by Ian Thomson


May 23, 2012

A life scientific

Article on Primo Levi as a scientific writer by Ian Thomson


March 30, 2012

The old buccaneers

Review of Andrew Motion’s sequel to Treasure Island by Ian Thomson


March 16, 2012

Unbearable lewdness

The dangers and delights inherent in adultery are communicated with schoolboy prurience and vigour by Craig Raine in his new novel. Review by Ian Thomson


March 2, 2012

Slow justice

Tobias Jones’s new book illustrates wider social problems in Italy. Review by Ian Thomson


June 6, 2014

‘Animals’, by Emma Jane Unsworth

Animals, by Emma Jane Unsworth. Review by Ian Thomson


February 7, 2014

‘William S. Burroughs’, by Barry Miles

A riveting documentary of a most peculiar life lived in the American underbelly. Review by Ian Thomson


Report from the Interior, by Paul Auster

Auster’s punctilious descriptions of mid-century suburban America are both funny and oddly affecting.  Review by Ian Thomson


November 8, 2013

The Pike, by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

The Pike: Gabriele d’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War, by Lucy Hughes-Hallett. Review by Ian Thomson


November 1, 2013

Three Brothers, by Peter Ackroyd

Three Brothers, by Peter Ackroyd. Review by Ian Thomson

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