Their Finest Hour and a Half, By Lissa Evans

I defy anyone not to fall for Lissa Evans' smart, funny, ingenious, revealing tale of London life during the Second World War. Catrin is the girlfriend – posing as a wife – of self-centred war artist Ellis Cole, and working as a copywriter at a small advertising agency when the Ministry of Information asks for her help with the scripts for domestic propaganda films (girls working extra hours with a cheer, mums doing exciting things with swedes, and so on). Has-been actor Ambrose Hilliard has been drafted in to star, and lonely spinster seamstress Eleanor Beadmore helps with costumes. All three find that the war changes them and their relationships with those closest to them – with amusing and touching consequences.

Ian Burrell: Are the Tories trying to sell a party – or just a leader?

In the history of Tory advertising campaigns, yesterday's homage to David Cameron hardly ranks alongside such slogans as 1979's election-winning "Labour Isn't Working" or even 1992's "Tax Bombshell".

Claire Beale On Advertising: Sony needs to set the ball rolling again

Go on then, what's the best ad of the last decade? Which commercial has taken you by the scruff, held you rapt, entertained you, moved you (and, yes, the best ads should be able to do all of that)?

Album: Strauss, A Capella Motets (Naive)

The vocal demands of Strauss’s a capella motets are such that what is needed is a choir of Arabellas, Composers, Bacchuses and Mandrykas, hence they are rarely performed.

Claire Beale On Advertising: Finally, British advertising can be proud

A question. Who makes the best adverts in the world?

Claire Beale On Advertising: Unilever is turning to a crowd of bounty hunters

Hot news, trend watchers: the age of user-generated advertising is over. Admit it, you're relieved. Phew, you're thinking, no more ads made by lonely pubescent punters in their bedrooms – the stuff made by the pros is bad enough.

WPP predicts profits boost

Advertising and media giant WPP today predicted a "marked improvement" in second-half profits but warned that consumer confidence remained fragile.

Claire Beale On Advertising: Adland goes on the offensive in fight for survival

It is the mark of a troubled industry that the advertising business is suddenly tooling itself up with new think-tanks and foundations as it prepares to battle for survival.

Sorrell's view: Investors await Sir Martin's prediction

All eyes will be on what Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP has to say about the world economy when he reports third quarter results this Friday as the advertising giant is such a bellweather of how companies are faring. Analysts reckon that WPP's revenues will be down by 9.4 per cent on the period, albeit slightly better than the second quarter's fall.

Mad Men creator sacks real-life Peggy Olson

Personal assistant-turned-writer loses job on show weeks after winning Emmy

Claire Beale On Advertising: Adland is singing some new songs

I am not going to talk about ads this week. No one else seems to want to. Ads have rather gone out of fashion. Clients still want ads. Advertising agencies still make ads. We're all still looking at ads. But it seems to have become deeply passé, and really rather suspect business practice, to remain simply an "advertising agency" these days.

Sorrell bemoans WPP's 47% fall in profit

We got our sums wrong, admits boss of the world's biggest advertising agency

Claire Beale on Advertising: Let's be honest, all of us need GM to be reborn

"Let's be completely honest. No company wants to go through this." The voice is smoothly soothing. "This" is Chapter 11. But don't panic. This is General Motors's phoenix ad.

Shareholder revolt at WPP's bonus scheme

Nearly a quarter of WPP shareholders failed to back the bonus scheme that could net the advertising giant's chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell $95m (£57m) over the next five years.

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