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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.

The weather at Edgbaston is not promising

England and West Indies draw third Test as rain strikes again

The rain-ravaged third Investec Test between England and West Indies concluded as a draw, after a third washout in five days was confirmed at Edgbaston.

Students survive nine days in New Zealand wilderness

Two 21-year-old American students have walked out of the New Zealand wilderness after being trapped for nine days by a snowstorm.

Room Service: Hellstens Malmgard, Stockholm

Hunt out a slice of Swedish history

Tracking a big idea's past: The Evolution Gallery at the American Museum of Natural History

Darwin's Ghosts, By Rebecca Stott

Before 'Origin of Species', many European and Arabic thinkers had outlined the principles of natural selection.

Jonathan Trott (left) hits the winning runs at Trent Bridge yesterday

Andrew Strauss: 'Each time we make history, I feel part of something special'

Shortly after tea in the second Test yesterday, England made history. More history, it could be said, for a team which has made such activity routine.

All eyes on Blair as he takes stand at Leveson

Martin Hickman on what the former PM should be asked about his relations with Murdoch empire

Outdated financial laws are a worry for foreign investors in Dubai

High-flyers turn hunger strikers after Dubai desert dream ends in jail

Twenty expats adopt tactics of political radicals to protest at unjust law

Two Britons die in separate Gran Canaria hiking incidents

Two Britons have died in separate incidents while holidaying in Gran Canaria - just days after parts of the Canary Islands were issued with heatwave warnings.

Evacuation after WWII bomb find in Denmark

About 60 people have been evacuated from the area surrounding a construction site on a Danish island where a possible Second World War bomb has been found.

Anders Breivik: I'm the victim of a racist plot

Desperate to prove he is not insane, mass killer Anders Breivik today claimed questions about his mental health were part of racist plot to discredit his extreme anti-Muslim ideology.

'Costa Concordia' salvage to begin in next few weeks

Work to remove the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship from its rocky perch off Tuscany will begin early next month and is expected to take 12 months.

Maldives president Mohammed Waheed Hassan paves way for early election

The Maldives president has announced that he will call for an early presidential election amid opposition demands following a contentious power transfer earlier this year.

Lyon savages West Indies

Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon took five wickets in the final session to end West Indies' fightback on day three of the second Test in Port of Spain.

Viceroy, Vagaru Island, Shaviyani Atoll, Maldives

The Big Six: Luxury dive resorts

Viceroy, Maldives

Foraging on the hill-side

Scilly Isles: The flavours at your feet: fresh, wild and free

On a foraging break in the Isles of Scilly, Andy Lynes learns that the coastal vegetation that defines the archipelago tastes even better than it looks

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn