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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.

Refusal to play role of the Third Man spurs Powell to dash for the spotlight

Jamaican powerhouse has run the fastest 100m this year and, he tells Simon Turnbull, he's not in the shadow of Bolt and Gay

Aviva sells off RAC to Carlyle for £1bn

Aviva has sold its RAC business for £1bn to Carlyle Group, the private equity firm, as the insurance giant focuses on its main savings and insurance operations.

RAC sold for £1bn

RAC - the UK's second largest breakdown recovery group - was sold by insurer Aviva in a £1 billion deal with private equity group Carlyle today.

Loss of allowance means hardship for cancer patients

People with long-term illnesses will be worse off under new government proposals, but there are ways of protecting yourself against sudden loss of work. Chiara Cavaglieri investigates

The Business On... John McFarlane, chairman-designate, Aviva

The insurer that used to be called Norwich Union?

Farah in shape for Daegu

Mo Farah feels in the best shape of his career as he targets World Championship glory this year.

Leicester 'thrilled' to sign young trio

Leicester have confirmed the signings of prop Kieran Brookes, lock Graham Kitchener and scrum-half Micky Young.

Aviva Stadium to host 2013 Heineken Cup final

The 2013 Heineken Cup final will be staged at the Aviva Stadium, tournament organisers ERC announced today.

Resolution to pay back £500m to investors

Resolution Ltd, the insurance buyout business founded by Clive Cowdery, announced yesterday it would return £500m to investors over the next year.

Aviva selects RBS director McFarlane as new chairman

Aviva is to appoint John McFarlane as its new chairman, ending the insurer's 10-month search to find a successor to Lord Sharman.

Aviva lands Matthews as Hodges joins Towergate

Aviva has announced the departure of Mark Hodges, its UK chief executive, and his replacement with Trevor Matthews, the insurance veteran who recently ran Friends Life.

Now is time for Wenger to splash cash, says Ramsey

Arsenal midfielder urges manager to spend big in summer to end trophy drought

Porto lift Europa trophy after Falcao strikes

Porto deservedly beat fellow Portuguese side Braga 1-0 in the Europa League final at Dublin's Aviva Stadium last night thanks to a superb header by Falcao.

Aviva's UK sales motor ahead

Aviva hailed the performance of its motor and household arm yesterday, with the insurance group revealing that the division had booked more than £1bn in UK sales over the past quarter.

Questions Of Cash: 'I've been waiting 36 days for a holiday refund'

Q. I have a pension, the subject of a Section 32 Buyout, held by Aviva. This will mature soon. Last September I received a letter from Aviva confirming this, explaining that "we will write to you no later than six weeks before your retirement date" with details of the payments I am due to receive. Aviva has failed to do this. A month before the maturity date I phoned Aviva, who said that "due to a technical problem" it was not possible to provide me with any figures, but that I would receive full details within 10 days. It again failed to do this. I phoned three weeks later and was promised the figure within 48 hours – but then received a phone call shortly after to say it would take a further 10 days to provide the information. NH, Devon.

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A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

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11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain