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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.

Phillips Idowu

Team GB mystery man Phillips Idowu arrives at Olympic Village

The saga of Phillips Idowu's fitness and whereabouts has been fascinating or irritating depending on your point of view, but the so-called “Invisible Man” of British athletics will finally be seen tomorrow.

Murdoch became friends with Clarke and exploited his theories on satellites at BSkyB

Rupert Murdoch facing pressure to stand down

Senior figures at News Corporation have attempted to see off an investor rebellion over Rupert Murdoch's dominant position at the head of the media empire.

Murdoch calls in big guns to quell rebellion

Non-executive directors hold talks with leading investors after resolution calls on tycoon to quit

Ex-AstraZeneca boss David Brennan waives right to bonus

The former boss of pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca has waived his entitlement to a 2012 annual bonus and has been denied performance-related share awards for the last two years, it emerged today.

Phillips Idowu has not competed since the beginning of last month

'Invisible Man' Phillips Idowu returns to jump on any injury fears ahead of Olympics

Gold medal hope contradicts claims by Van Commenee over his fitness for London

Fast track on multiple Aviva sales to shock City

New chairman selling £6bn divisions to sharpen the insurer's focus

Some straight talk in an industry where it's rare

The new Aviva chairman John McFarlane cut through the nonsense that generally surrounds big insurance companies yesterday, not least by being willing to admit that he finds some of what they say and do entirely baffling. There are, roughly speaking, on a risk-adjusted actuarial basis, six people in Britain who truly understand insurance company financial reports. To his credit, Mr McFarlane doesn't claim to be one of them and is experienced and brave enough to suggest that this may be the fault of the writers rather than the readers.

Market Report: City sceptical over Greek banks' surge

Best punt of the day? Greek banks, which soared on average 19 per cent at one point yesterday on hopes that the pro-bailout parties will be swept to power at this weekend's election. Not quite the view that prevailed in London, where leading shares were broadly down and banks remained out of favour.

WPP chief Sorrell stunned by revolt over £13m pay

The advertising giant WPP is reeling after 60 per cent of shareholders voted against its chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell's controversial £13m pay deal.

Jubilee festivities may leave hard-up families in debt

Many will be celebrating with money they haven't got, and payday lenders are happy to come up with the cash.

The media can't get enough of Jessica Ennis

Athletes are the perfect fit for a sex-mad media

Hot bodies will be as sought-after as gold medals this summer, as Tim Walker reports

Eurozone woes weigh on Aviva as long search begins for CEO

Aviva insisted yesterday that it had made a "solid start" to the year, despite the investor fury surrounding the now departed chief executive Andrew Moss. He stepped down last week, recognising that shareholder unhappiness at his pay and the company performance made it difficult for him to continue.

Aviva chief quits after revolt – with £1.8m payoff

The shareholder revolt sweeping through the City claimed its biggest scalp yesterday when Andrew Moss abruptly quit as the boss of giant insurer Aviva, a move cushioned by a pay-off of £1.75m.

James Moore: The man behind Aviva's pay deals must be next to go

Last week, Andrew Moss was giving up his pay rise. This week it's his job. The so-called "Shareholder Spring" has claimed its first scalp. Scalp, perhaps, but Mr Moss is no victim. Aviva's now former chief executive will depart with a severance package of £1.75m, despite having presided over a fall in share price of around 60 per cent.

Shareholder revolt grows as Aviva's boss Andrew Moss falls on his sword

Andrew Moss quits insurance giant to join ex-AstraZeneca and Trinity Mirror chiefs

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