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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Ideas
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...
Lifestyle
27 September 2012
Then ignore their exam results.
Society
20 September 2012
Ed Smith's "Left Field" column.
World Affairs
12 September 2012
From "Yes we can" to "Sorry we must".
Books
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...
Sport
08 August 2012
It's not just about sporting prowess.
Economics
25 July 2012
Isaiah Berlin’s famous essay The Hedgehog and The Fox (1953) divided thinkers into two categories: foxes,...
Business
19 July 2012
The cult of busyness is a cutural malaise.
Culture
04 July 2012
All things considered, I should have spent more time in form – somewhere near the top of my game – than I...
Ideas
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....
Books
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....

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