Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


Not one to mince his words, the ex-Tory MP for Buckinghamshire, George Walden, famously called the scribblings of MP Chris Smith 'sanctimonious bilge' and 'populist drivel'. This month, Walden, a Chinese-speaking former Foreign Office official and private secretary to David Owen, reviews Stephen Bayley's new book General Knowledge. Now a writer himself, he lives with his wife and family in west London. His latest book, The New Elites, was published recently.


A professor of biotechnology at five universities, Dr Evans OBE is Europe's leading biotech entrepreneur, responsible for founding 20 science companies and floating four of them on the London Stock Exchange. A prolific venture capitalist with his Merlin Ventures company, Evans sits on the PM's Council for Science and the Government's Competitive Advisory Committee.

He takes a break from these pursuits (and strumming his beloved Fender guitar) to review Colin Tudge's In Mendel's Footnotes.


It's satisfying to know that section e editors fall foul of technology just like the rest of us. Having lost out to a computer bug that cost him a third of a 3,000-word feature, Gwyther cheers himself up in this month's section e by celebrating the first anniversary of the MT/Bain e-25 league, looking at the movers and the losers. And Gwyther, who is also writing a TV drama, brings the results of our Britain's Most Admired Companies awards - now in its 11th year.


Two years ago Maureen Rice left IPC as its editor-in-chief for new product development to pursue a freelance writing and consultancy career.

Since then the former editor of Options and 19 has appeared in the likes of the Observer and Mail on Sunday as a social commentator. 'Work is at the beginning and end of who you are and where you're going,' she says, so this month she looks at why the City hates women. 'It's a fascinating place to visit,' she reports, 'but I wouldn't like to live there.'


Our property expert Rory Ross recently had to mop up half an inch of floodwater when his Hammersmith basement let in the rain. When not tending to his own home, Ross is a prolific writer, with articles in magazines ranging from Gourmet to Forbes and Town & Country. A father of three, Ross has also edited Tatler's homes page and is halfway through his first novel. This month, he looks at the pitfalls of allowing architects into your home.


Belgian-born cartoonist Patrick Regout is MT's monthly Crash Course illustrator. He describes his drawings as a cross between Tex Avery and the German expressionist George Grosz. Regout studied graphic design before starting a career as a tap dancer and singer in a band called Frenzy.

Since starting to draw full-time in 1984, his work has appeared everywhere from Le Monde and Esquire to the Guardian and Daily Telegraph. As his self-portrait hints, his latest art purchase is a computer.

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