Ed Smith is a journalist and author, most recently of Luck: What It Means and Why It Matters (Bloomsbury, £8.99). He is a former professional cricketer and played for both Middlesex and England. He is on Twitter as @EdSmithWriter

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01 November 2012
Ed Smith's "Left Field" column.
International Politics
25 October 2012
Is that conviction rational?
UK Politics
11 October 2012
It is conference season: political reputations are being made and revised. But which reputational shifts will endure...
27 September 2012
Then ignore their exam results.
20 September 2012
Ed Smith's "Left Field" column.
World Affairs
12 September 2012
From "Yes we can" to "Sorry we must".
06 September 2012
He might be disgraced as a sportsman but his advocacy of relentless willpower has brought hope to millions of cancer...
UK Politics
23 August 2012
The rise of the insurgent outsider.
15 August 2012
The Olympics can be susceptible to woolly abstraction. But London’sv spectacular 17 days do reflect one truly...
08 August 2012
It's not just about sporting prowess.
25 July 2012
Isaiah Berlin’s famous essay The Hedgehog and The Fox (1953) divided thinkers into two categories: foxes,...
19 July 2012
The cult of busyness is a cutural malaise.
04 July 2012
All things considered, I should have spent more time in form – somewhere near the top of my game – than I...
29 March 2012
It sounds crazy, given how often we refer to it in everyday life, but the idea of luck has been under attack....
12 March 2012
The US economist H Woody Brock isn't satisfied with feeling that, on balance, he is on the right side of the argument....