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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.

Rory Best will this weekend lead Ireland for the third time

Best glad to lead Ireland but says win over Scotland will be better

Rory Best was celebrating the realisation of a boyhood dream after being named as Ireland's captain for Saturday's Six Nations match against Scotland in Dublin.

Nationwide takes on banks with a move into annuities

In a challenge to the high street banks, Nationwide Building Society will announce today that it is entering the pensions market by selling annuities for the first time.

Just where is Aviva going as key results loom?

Analysts fret over lack of capital surplus and warn of a slip in profits, but insurance giant insists its 'clear strategy' is paying off

Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic: Trapattoni relishes stern test

Republic of Ireland new boys James McClean and Shane Duffy will have to wait for their chance after manager Giovanni Trapattoni kept faith with his established names for tonight's friendly against the Czech Republic in Dublin.

Mo Farah (centre) broke the British and European two-mile record but trailed home in second

Record-breaker Farah not in British winners' circle

Ennis leads home charge at Grand Prix but Kipchoge provides sting in tail

Mo Farah: The 28-year-old Briton says he is focusing only on winning the two-mile race in Birmingham

Farah set to harvest European record of retired gardener

Emiel Puttemans is planning to get on his bike this afternoon. "I'll be cycling to the sea," he said.

Jessica Ennis in action during the 60 metre hurdles heats

Ennis timing her run to perfection

The Russians are coming. Six months after Jessica Ennis was relieved of her World Championship heptathlon crown by Tatyana Chernova, another potential golden girl of the multi-events scene happens to be emerging from within the boundaries of the Russian Federation. Competing in Moscow last week, the previously unheralded Ekaterina Bolshova won her national pentathlon championship with a score of 4,896 points – 41 more than Chernova has ever amassed.

Bradley Davies is shown yellow during the match with Ireland

Bradley Davies suspended for the rest of the Six Nations

Wales lock Bradley Davies will miss the rest of this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship after receiving a seven-week ban.

The pack runs around Mo Farah after he fell in the mile at Boston

Chambers stays in running as he waits for ruling

For Dwain Chambers, the key battle has yet to come in 2012. Still, as he awaits the Court of Arbitration for Sport's definitive ruling on the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban on doping offenders – due to be announced before the end of April – the world indoor 60 metres champion is up and running in London Olympic year.

Ireland's Jonathan Sexton in action

Jonathan Sexton used to Ronan O'Gara entrance

Jonathan Sexton insists he is growing accustomed to Ronan O'Gara replacing him from the bench.

The Wales hooker and captain Matthew Rees is still suffering chronic pain

Matthew Rees injury blow for Wales

Hooker Matthew Rees has been ruled out of Wales' opening RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin on Sunday because of injury.

Investment view: Standard Life's a safe bet but room for improvement

Our view: Hold. Share price: 219.8p (3.1p)

Leinster's Jamie Heaslip celebrates Isaac Boss's try yesterday

Leinster show mettle to outlast willing Glasgow

Glasgow 16 Leinster 23

Market Report: Chinese whispers revive bid speculation for Aviva

Will a bid for Aviva finally emerge this year? Never far from the takeover spotlight, the insurer was again getting market gossips excited yesterday amid revived speculation that an approach could materialise from the Far East.

Investment: Aviva is star pickof life insurers as Prudential suffers growing pains

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Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
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Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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