Arts and Entertainment

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.

Life and Style
Steve Shaw shows Kate how to get wet behind the ears and how to align her neck
healthSteven Shaw - the 'Buddha of Breaststroke' - applies Alexander Technique to the watery sport
Sport
footballShirt then goes on sale on Gumtree
Voices
Terry Sue-Patt as Benny in the BBC children’s soap ‘Grange Hill’
voicesGrace Dent on Grange Hill and Terry Sue-Patt
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010
music
News
A poster by Durham Constabulary
news
Sport
Cameron Jerome
footballCanaries beat Boro to gain promotion to the Premier League
Arts and Entertainment
Emily McDowell Card that reads:
artCancer survivor Emily McDowell kicks back at the clichés
Arts and Entertainment
Twin Peaks stars Joan Chen, Michael Ontkean, Kyle Maclachlan and Piper Laurie
tvBadalamenti on board for third series
Life and Style
tech
Sport
Standing room only: the terraces at Villa Park in 1935
football
Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 15 May 2015
Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine