In more than 40 years in political journalism, Anthony Howard has seen more economic policies than most people have had hot dinners. He was editor of the New Statesman from 1972 to '78 and deputy editor of the Observer at the height of Thatcher's boom/bust monetarist tendencies.
Biographer of the legendary Richard Crossman and of 1950s Tory chancellor Rab Butler, Howard reviews the final instalment of a life of JM Keynes, the economist Thatcher spurned.
The economics editor of Newsnight, Evan Davis has appeared on an extraordinary variety of the BBC's programmes, from Radio 1's Newsbeat to Analysis on Radio 4. He has hosted his own BBC series, Big Ideas. He lives in Earl's Court, West London, which he likes to call Earl's Court Village. MT's Cutting Room columnist loves riding his motorbike at weekends, although professing not to be any good at maintaining it. He accumulates electronic gadgets, and boasts seven remote controls in his flat.
PROFESSOR ADRIAN FURNHAM
As Professor of Psychology at University College, London and the author of books such as The Psychology of Managerial Incompetence, Adrian Furnham is well equipped to review Maximum Success - a book that examines the 12 bad habits inhibiting the business success of individuals. The second-most-published psychologist in the world in the past 20 years, Furnham plans never to retire, seeing work as more fun than fun, although he finds time for bridge, squash and tennis.
The corporate pinnacle wasn't in Carolyn McCall's thoughts when she started out as a history teacher at Holland Park School, London, but her career change worked well. She joined the Guardian as advertisement director in 1986, and became MD of the newspaper group in August. She is also a non-executive director of both clothes retailer New Look and online recruitment firm workthing.com. This month she joins a number of other business leaders in offering advice on boss management.
When he was five, Andrew Davidson's family moved to California for a year. He was taken to Disneyland, bought a black Micky-Mouse-ears hat and proceeded to wear it continually for the next 11 months. Returning to San Francisco this summer to write about the Brits in Silicon Valley, he found he daughter buying a black PVC cowboy hat in Haight Ashbury - which she is still wearing. Just another eight months to go then ...
Photographer Samuel Ashfield has trekked the globe recording everything from oil excavations in the Indonesian jungle and open heart surgery to live-firing tanks on exercise, as well as portraits ranging from Arthur Scargill to Richard Branson. This month, Ashfield, who developed a passion for photography when his art teacher advised him not to pursue a career in painting, has been clocking up the miles to capture a day in the life of the UK's best factories. He lives in the Cotswolds with his wife and six children.