DENISE KINGSMILL - MT regular Baroness Kingsmill strikes a passionate note in her column this month, criticising the treatment of UK SMEs, while banks get off scot-free.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

She can always decamp to her nearest babbling brook for a spot of her favourite hobby. 'Fishing is the best stress-buster I know,' she says.

ROBERT SKIDELSKY - The emeritus professor of political economy at the University of Warwick made time in his busy schedule to write about his favourite books of the year for MT. Lord Skidelsky is a recent Keynes biographer - and one of his biggest fans. For 20 years, he even lived in Keynes' former house.

MIKE BROWN - He has just moved to Birmingham City Business School - taking with him the Britain's Most Admired Companies research. Next year will be the 20th BMAC year for Brown. In his spare time, he makes stained glass. Asked if it takes longer than compiling BMAC, he says: 'Yes, it bloody does.'

GILLIAN TETT - As assistant editor of the FT and banking industry commentator par excellence, Tett was only too happy to tell MT about her top titles of 2009. Tett - author of Fool's Gold - is a voracious reader of non-fiction: SuperFreakonomics by Levitt and Dubner was listed as a book she read 'for fun'.

KEVIN HOPGOOD - From drawing Marvel comic characters one day to sketching the UK's business superheroes for BMAC the next, Hopgood's work is varied, to say the least. Depicting the bosses may have to be 'more realistic', he says, 'but at least I got to put them in silly outfits'.

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