Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


As author of The Culture of Fear, Paranoid Parenting and Therapy Culture, the University of Kent's professor of sociology is not afraid to confront society's panics and neuroses. Furedi reviews Gregg Easterbrook's The Progress Paradox, which asks why we're unhappy despite never having had it so good.


The creator of London's Design Museum ponders the delights of BMW's 5-series for MT's Executive Car of the Year Awards: 'You might say that although I am not an executive (and have designed my life as a revenge against all forms of bureaucracy), I greatly admire this car that defines the executive type.'


While impressed with Charlton's progress, Wylie - business writer, Guardian part-timer and author of our feature on manager Alan Curbishley - is a Newcastle fan. Wylie moved to the north-east 10 years ago, but fears he won't be accepted by fellow Magpies until he goes bare-chested on the terraces.


LSE economist Yueh (writing with Howard Davies) considers how fragile the China dream may be for western businesses looking to invest in the giant Asian tiger. Also on the economics faculty of Oxford University, she was a corporate lawyer in the US, Europe and Asia before turning to academia.


Photographer Moore took the portraits for 'Data Goldmine'. His current exhibition at London's Percy Miller Gallery surveys the empty House of Commons chamber, unearthing odd minutiae such as chewing gum under the PM's podium. His book The Commons was published last month.

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