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Pamela Erens’s second novel is an anthem for doomed youth, an intense tale of teenage failure to make the leap to adult life. It is sensitively told, with Updike-like observation, but boy is it gloomy and joyless, and not recommended for neurotic parents of a teenager.

The Virgins by Pamela Erens; book review

We are introduced to Bruce Bennett-Jones, the narrator of Pamela Erens’s stunning second novel The Virgins, as he first meets Aviva Rossner, a new student at Auburn Academy, the elite East Coast boarding school where they’re high school seniors. Aviva has “long, kinky hair and pale skin,” and wears heavy kohl around her eyes and “V-neck sweaters that tease you into thinking you will catch a glimpse of her breasts”, high-heeled boots and gold hoop earrings. She’s sexy. So sexy in fact, Bruce attempts to rape her in the school boathouse.

Aviva sets aside £100m for clients’ compensation claims

Aviva has been forced to set aside almost £100m after two former workers in its fund management arm breached its trading policy.   

Rhino charges towards a sale

Rugby speciality retailer looking to target well-heeled sports fans in stake sale

Market Report: Imagination gains from Apple move

Microchip makers piggybacked on a rally at Apple yesterday sparked by Carl Icahn, the veteran US investor, taking a stake the iPhone maker. Apple shares hit a six-month high after Mr Icahn revealed on Twitter that he is pushing for a larger buyback at the US tech giant after he built up a large position in Apple and held talks with its chief executive, Tim Cook.

Aviva shares are leaping after it doubles profits

Aviva's straight-talking boss Mark Wilson won a few more friends in the City yesterday as signs of his company's turnaround finally began to show.

James Moore: High streets need action on charges for recovery

Outlook Are the doom-mongers who warn of high streets turning into identikit wastelands consisting of only Starbucks, Costa, supermarket convenience stores, bookies and charity shops, overstating the case?

New Aviva chief slashes dividend as he continues drive to overhaul insurer

Aviva boss Mark Wilson will this week update investors on the progress he is making overhauling the insurance giant.

State schooling ‘costs parents £22,500’

Parents are forking out more than £22,500 on average to put a child through school, researchers claim.

Prudential shareholders in pay protest

Prudential was hit by a minor revolt at its annual meeting as investors criticised the company's decision to hand out £30m in pay to directors last year.

Sales boost helps insurer Aviva edge towards recovery

Aviva today took tentative steps towards a recovery by posting  a steady, if not sexy, set of first-quarter numbers.

Aviva boss averts five-year pay freeze call

Aviva chairman John McFarlane has fended off demands from shareholders for a five-year pay freeze and calls for the head of the insurer's remuneration committee.

Aviva faces new investor row

Aviva’s revamped management team faces a stormy reception at its annual meeting this week with shareholders likely to demand an immediate reversal in the insurer’s fortunes. 

Usain Bolt is expected to appear at the Olympic Stadium this summer

British Athletics predict drop in sponsorship in run up to Rio Olympics

Aviva deal ended after the London 2012 Olympics

A Government review of pension drawdown rules could leave many retired people out of pocket

Drawdown rule changes could cost pensioners

New regulations are likely to hit hundreds of people on flexible incomes, says Sarah Davidson

Simon English: This Aviva turnaround seems a long time coming

Outlook One reason for the Pru's belief in its own excellence is the endless strife endured across town at its arch-rival, Aviva.

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