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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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