MARTIN VANDER WEYER
Martin Vander Weyer, who writes about economics and business for the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail from his home in North Yorkshire, was a natural to review Charles Geisst's book on banking dynasties, The Last Partnerships. An author himself (he wrote Falling Eagle: The Decline of Barclays Bank), Vander Weyer spent 15 years as an investment banker in London, Brussels and the Far East before becoming a journalist in 1992.
'It's your life, the only one you'll get. Do you want to spend it feeling less than yourself?' Maureen Rice, our work/life agony aunt, is back this year to look at the results of MT's biggest survey yet into working and living. Rice has already taken the work/life plunge, having quit as editor-in-chief of IPC Magazines. She walks the talk, too - she made us wait for this article until she got back from her holiday in Australia.
Will Hobhouse helped to transform Tie Rack, opening more than 150 shops in eight countries, so he knows how companies grow. He moved on before the tie chain began to unravel and in 1988 joined Whittard's of Chelsea, which at the time had just three shops. Today, after slow but steady growth, there are more than 100. Now Whittard's CEO, Hobhouse wrote our review of Mark Pendergrast's book on coffee, Uncommon Grounds, while holidaying in the Bahamas.
Freelance photographer David Spero, who recently exhibited his 'Landscapes by Night' at the Percy Miller gallery, London Bridge, braved the daylight to take our stunning pictures of Canary Wharf. 'I was amazed at the amount of building still going on,' he says. Spero, who describes himself as a 'wide-reaching freelancer', has worked for the Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Telegraph magazines, among others. This is his debut for MT.
Helen Kirwan-Taylor says that work is her hobby and the rest of her life is the work. The hobby includes writing for the likes of Harpers & Queen and Homes & Gardens on design, and for the Times and the Financial Times on psychology. 'These subjects are my two passions,' says the self-confessed furniture-shuffler. For this month's MT, she went on an assertiveness training course - and she insists on telling us about it.
Victoria Hoban has had to deal with her fair share of business people - most of them flat on their backs, because, until last year, our new staff writer was a specialist cardiology nurse working in London and Australia. 'One patient, a managing director, begged us to let him go back to work two days after his heart attack,' she recalls. Hoban, who of course gave up fags, coffee and booze, hopes that her new career in business journalism won't trigger a relapse.