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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.

James Moore: William Hill scrapes home by a nose

Outlook Talking of shareholder revolts, William Hill, became the latest victim yesterday.

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

William Hill boss to receive £1.2m bonus

The UK's largest bookmaker William Hill signalled today that its boss will still get a £1.2 million pay-to-stay bonus, despite a major rebuke from shareholders.

Pay and eco protesters head for City

Trinity Mirror favourite for shareholder rebellion while Centrica is target for anti-nuclear activists

The day investors bit back

Nearly 60 per cent of Aviva shareholders refuse to back boardroom pay deals. Sly Bailey ousted at Trinity Mirror. Big backers revolt at Inmarsat. Bonus row erupts at Premier Foods

Simon English: Beware an annual meeting that could be genuinely feisty

It was there in black and pink on the front page of the Financial Times. Front page of the FT! Aviva chief Andrew Moss is "swept up in a pay storm," said the august journal of record... "but a bigger question is whether the company needs a new chief executive". And then this line attributed to a top 10 shareholder: "No one supports Moss."

Simon English: Moss set for a rocky ride but he may well cling on as Aviva tries to tough it out

Outlook It was there in black and pink on the front page of the Financial Times. Front page of the FT! Aviva chief Andrew Moss is "swept up in a pay storm" said the august journal of record... "but a bigger question is whether the company needs a new chief executive". And then this line attributed to a top ten shareholder: "No one supports Moss."

James Moore: Aviva might want to show value to shareholders

Faced with the very real possibility of a Barclays-style blow-up at its AGM on Thursday, Aviva's chief executive, Andrew Moss, has taken the prudent course and declined an inflation-busting pay rise of nearly 5 per cent. Perhaps he, at least, sees the problem: notwithstanding the continuing questions about strategy (critics claim it doesn't have one), the shares have fallen off a cliff over the past couple of months.

James Moore: Aviva might want to demonstrate this tremendous value shareholders pay for

This sets a terrible example to the firms in which Aviva’s fund management arm invests

Aviva chief waives 4.6% pay rise

The boss of insurer Aviva bowed to shareholder pressure today and waived a near-5 per cent pay rise which would have taken his annual salary over the £1 million mark.

Aviva ready to offload US unit at £1bn loss

Aviva, the FTSE100 insurance giant, is preparing to take a £1bn hit on the sale of its US life assurance business.

Some insurers are accused of taking motorists for a ride

Hidden fees are increasing the cost of car cover

When buying motor insurance, you need to look at all the fees and charges, not just the quote price.

Business week in brief

In profit ...

Aviva's backing Britain as it leaps to £2.5bn

Aviva yesterday declared that the UK is a great place to do business, a stance that might be seen as a dig at arch-rival Prudential.

Simon English: Aviva's Moss may be out of the woods but now he has to charm the doubters

Outlook Yeah, he's safe. For a good while anyway. Disappointing, isn't it?" That's the reaction of a highly experienced City analyst to the latest results from Andrew Moss of giant insurer Aviva. It is a reaction that speaks volumes. Some have been privately calling for his head for so long, they are sad to see that the case is weakening.

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