Our Books of the Year: part 3

Rebecca Nash, London Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995) is as much about his mother as his father’s life. Obama narrates his mother’s story, which he knew

Our Books of the Year: part 2

Peter Rose, Los Angeles The Reach of a Chef: Professional Cooking in the Age of Celebrity is the third in a series of books by author Michael Ruhlman as he digs deep into the world of the professional

Our Books of the Year: part 1

Marjorie Goldstein, New York Parallel Lives, written by Phyllis Rose, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1983. I picked up my copy in a second-hand bookstore in Vermont, and once started I couldn't

Wishing you…

With thanks to Tom Warren for the graphic

The end-of-the-year quiz

The Futures Company traditionally has a quiz at its Christmas party. These are the questions for this year - unfortunately without the music round, which we can't share here for copyright reasons.

Winning at cycling

Tom Ding writes: At risk of sounding like a Christmas quiz, what do the pictures have in common? Answer: they all relate to the summer success of the British Olympic Cycling Team, marked so

Understanding consumer attitudes to saving

Giles Powdrill writes: Since 2004 The Futures Company has worked with Aviva, one of the world's largest insurance companies, on an annual survey focussed on understanding consumer attitudes to saving

Beyond the human

Stacey Yates and Denise Hicks write: Stelarc is an Australian artist and post-humanist who believes that the human body is obsolete. He is acting on his belief, using his own body as an experimental