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There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.

Online retail: Moonpig in tax setback

The closure of a tax loophole has hit profits at online birthday and Christmas cards retailer Moonpig.

Supporters of former president Mohamed Nasheed face police officers during a protest demanding that election be held as scheduled Saturday

Maldives: Protests and violence on streets, yet there’s nothing to worry about

Tour operators are apparently oblivious to reality

The Costa Concordia as it was raised last week

Costa Concordia: Divers discover human remains in shipwreck

Bodies 'absolutely consistent' with descriptions of two missing people but are yet to be officially identified

Ordnance Survey recreates 220,000 square miles of Great Britain in Minecraft

A summer intern from the mapping agency used open source data to create the 22 billion block model

Great getaways: New York and the Caribbean; Arctic adventure; winter Sun in Canary Islands; cruise East

Today, a cruise deals special to mark National Cruise Week, which runs until 29 September, and the Cruise Show, taking place at Birmingham NEC on Sunday (discovercruises.co.uk).

Indonesian villagers ride a motorbike as Mount Sinabung spews hot gas and ashes in the background during an eruption in Karo, North Sumatra province, Indonesia

Thousands flee to safety after Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung erupts

Indonesian villagers ride a motorbike as Mount Sinabung spews hot gas and ashes in the background in Karo, North Sumatra province, on Monday. Thousands of people fled their homes after the volcano erupted, a disaster management official said.

A photo taken today from the Maurole district of East Nusa Tenggara province with a camera phone

At least six killed in Indonesia volcano erupts

Nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated on the remote island

Efforts to aid British victim of Zanzibar acid attack made injuries worse

Parents release pictures of injuries as volunteer teachers arrive in the UK to be seen by surgeons for ‘horrendous’ burns

Family handout photo of one of the two British teenagers attacked with acid on Zanzibar.

Acid attack victims Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup
return home as Zanzibar police hold five men

Parents release pictures of injuries as volunteer teachers arrive in the UK to be seen by surgeons for ‘horrendous’ burns

Tour de France: Chris Froome's 10 steps to the summit – and a steep learning curve

Chris Froome has already proved he has solid Tour de France form this season, with major stage wins in the Tour of Oman, Critérium International, Tour de Romandie and Critérium du Dauphiné. Here are his 10 steps to Tour glory and Britain's second overall win in a row.

Border Force raid on boat: Man dies after yacht mast fall

A man has died after a Border Force raid on a boat in the Isles of Scilly, police said.

Colin Ingram scored 73 from just 63 deliveries for South Africa

Champions Trophy: Kieron Pollard wicket from final ball sends West Indies out

South Africa 230-6 (Ingram 73); West Indies 190-6 (Samuels 48) Match tied (D/L method)

Diego Garcia airbase on the Chagos Islands grew in strategic importance after 9/11

Defeat for exiled Chagos islanders over controversial Indian Ocean marine park

A Government decision to create a controversial marine park in the Indian Ocean was upheld by the High Court today.

South African bowler Ryan McLaren celebrates wrapping up Pakistan’s innings with the wicket of Junaid Khan

Champions Trophy cricket: Pakistan 'totally lost' after defeat to South Africa, says Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq admitted his side's batsmen were “totally lost” after mis-firing again on the way to a 67-run defeat by South Africa.

The Saturday quiz

1. Which girl's name is JM Barrie credited with inventing?

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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