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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.

Charming and personable: Tidjane Thiam

The man from the Pru: Brilliant or just lucky?

Tidjane Thiam was 'a dead man walking' after his $36bn bid for AIA foundered. But now he's the toast of the City

Aviva chief shows faith with £480,000 share purchase

Aviva's chief executive, Mark Wilson, has put his money where his mouth is by buying almost £500,000-worth of shares in the troubled insurer.

Surge in profit expected at Prudential

Prudential's boss, Tidjane Thiam, will this week move closer to reaching an ambitious set of targets that could eventually lead to a break-up of the 164-year-old insurer.

Aviva £2.3bn in the red after huge loses in sale of US arm

Aviva will fall deeply into the red this week when it writes off around £2bn from the value of its former US business.

'Golden hello' executive says goodbye at Aviva

Trevor Matthews, the man whose “golden hello” contributed to a shareholder revolt at Aviva last year, is leaving the insurer, it emerged today.

More over-65s still in workforce

The baby-boomer generation will produce "a new type of retiree" – healthier, more social but likely to stay in work well into their seventies, according a new survey.

Ten million over-65s show caring side as they help out families, charities and local communities for free

The army of older people helping out families, charities and local communities for free would earn £643m a week at minimum wage scale.

Former AIA boss takes Aviva helm

Aviva has ended months of speculation by appointing Mark Wilson, below, as its new chief executive.

Wilson gets top job as Aviva ends its search for a new boss

Aviva has ended months of speculation by appointing Mark Wilson as its new chief executive.

Former AIA boss is front-runner to be Aviva chief

Mark Wilson, former boss of Asian insurer AIA, has emerged as the frontrunner to become the next Aviva chief executive.

Aviva braces for US sell-off and a new chief executive

Decision time is looming for Aviva's chairman John McFarlane, who yesterday admitted his company is too sluggish and bureaucratic.

Mo Farah does his trademark ‘Mobot’ following his win in yesterday’s two-mile race

The Mobot returns in triumph but fails to overhaul Ovett's record

Double gold medallist delights capacity crowd two days after the birth of his twin daughters

Robbie Grabarz soars to victory in Birmingham yesterday

Glittering Grabarz eyes perfect end to breakthrough season

Beating Ivan Ukhov was reason enough for Robbie Grabarz to be happy with his afternoon shift yesterday at the Birmingham track where he puts in his daily graft. Still, there are prizes other than the scalp of the Olympic high jump champion.

Proud new dad Mo Farah in Birmingham

Mo Farah celebrates birth of twin daughters

Olympic gold medal hero Mo Farah was celebrating his second double success of the summer today after his wife gave birth to twin girls.

Greg Rutherford jumps for gold at the Olympic Stadium

Greg Rutherford ready to take Atlantic leap as trusted coach plans return to Texas

Greg Rutherford was back on old ground yesterday but thinking of a future that could take the new golden boy of British athletics to Texas. The Milton Keynes athlete who struck long jump gold on that magical Super Saturday in the Olympic Stadium three weeks ago was coaching youngsters at the Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club, recalling his time in the area as a 14-year-old triallist with Aston Villa.

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment