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Ferrari liken F1 exodus to Agatha Christie mystery

Ferrari have compared the disappearance of leading manufacturers from Formula One to an Agatha Christie murder mystery, with the finger of guilt pointed at former FIA president Max Mosley.

One Minute With: Kate Mosse

Jenny Colgan: I absolutely love books. That's why I hate the Booker

It's the time of year when the literati play 'posh bingo' with a card of new fiction. But that's no way to judge a novel, says a dedicated bookworm

Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, By John Curran

What was it? Agatha's not quite certain yet...

The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle, By Russell Miller

Allowed access to the Conan Doyle archive of Richard Lancelyn Green, whose probable suicide seems contrived as a Holmesian mystery, Miller has produced an epic portrait, though the Holmes yarns are treated somewhat sketchily.

Revolt against Phillips at equality watchdog grows

Half of commissioners expected to resign by end of the week

Far Cry, By John Harvey

There's evidence of a high-risk trend in British crime writing. Perhaps aware that readers are wearying of burnt-out, alcoholic or damaged detectives, writers such as Laura Wilson have made their heroes relatively untroubled: family men, non-addictive personalities, not at loggerheads with superiors. This more quotidian copper also sports fewer tics (possibly remembering Agatha Christie, who regretted saddling Poirot with eccentric habits).

Forgotten authors No.33: HRF Keating

Still working (his A Small Case for Inspector Ghote is published in hardback by Allison & Busby next week), the ebullient Mr Keating has written around 60 novels, but he's now hard to spot on bookshelves

The Complete Guide To: England's coastal highlights

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside – and there's lots that's new and improved to visit. Laura Lindsay and Cathy Packe enjoy life on the edge

Galapagos: Through Writers' Eyes, By John Hickman

Unpopulated until the 18th century, the islands described by Melville as "five and twenty heaps of cinders" may not seem a very fruitful prospect for literary inspiration, but former ambassador Hickman proves the reverse is true.

The curious case of the author who would not die

The characters are cardboard, the plots rely on chance and the settings are implausible. But no one can resist an Agatha Christie, says Barry Forshaw

Trail of the Unexpected: Agatha Christie's holiday home opens for guests

From today, Agatha Christie's house, Greenway in South Devon, is open to holidaymakers. The writer bought it in 1938, and described it soon after as "the ideal house, a dream house"

Agatha Christie’s home, with the paint and a brush

National Trust to open the writer’s beloved country house after £5.4m refit
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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month