After nearly three years in the maelstrom they call the Express, deputy editor Chris Blackhurst comes up with an insider's view of what it's like to be at the top of a company that's up for grabs but stonewalled by those in the corporate suite. A former Sunday Express City editor and deputy editor of the Independent, he talks about the frustrations of managing through uncertainty - and says not even his children believed he didn't have a clue about the sale of the titles.
In her new book Eve-olution, America's foremost futurologist Faith Popcorn says firms are failing to market to each sex accurately. Here to review it is one of the UK's most successful female marketers, Rita Clifton, former vice-chairman and executive planning director at Saatchi & Co and current CEO of Interbrand. Clifton is herself a bit of an oracle, sitting on Forum for the Future, and admits to succumbing to various branded items in Harvey Nicks far too often.
The little man who was not there, Jim Murphy steps back this month as associate editor at MT but plans to keep contributing by doing this flexible working he's been reading about. As one of MT's original 1998 re-launch team, he came from nearly 40 years in newspapers, including the Miami Herald, Toronto Star, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Independent on Sunday. Now he wants to master the art of teleworking from Sussex and Italy. Murphy is 63 and looks it.
Few are better placed to review Bernard Lietaer's book The Future of Money than Niall Ferguson, professor of political and financial history at Oxford University and visiting professor of economics at New York's Leonard Stern Business School. His own book, The World's Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild, won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History in 1998, and he recently wrote and presented Radio 4's Days that Shook the World. He lives with his wife and three children in Oxfordshire.
A former editor of GP magazine, Carol Lewis began her publishing life as a book editor for Cambridge University Press and, for this issue, scrutinises the genre of executive biographies. She recently toured South America for six months, arriving in Santiago, Chile, with the Pinochet riots in full swing and in Bolivia during a peasants' revolt. Safely back in Britain, she writes for various journals, enjoys playing the clarinet and is planning her next trip, perhaps to Nicaragua.
MT's cover illustrator, Robert Shadbolt was already freelancing for Vogue magazine while still at the Royal College of Art. Since then he has worked on most women's mags, mainly because he likes the 'silliness' of them. After once getting lost in the Egyptian desert while doing design work for a treasure-seekers' web site, he now sticks to London and Paris, where he is a self-confessed 'urban stroller'. Shadbolt lives near Greenwich but still finds time to teach art to the next generation at Middlesex University.