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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.

Aviva shareholders to vote on sell-off

Aviva shareholders will vote on Wednesday on the insurance group’s plans to sell part of its investment in Delta Lloyd, the Dutch financial services provider.

Primark looks to break into new territory

Primark is set to open its first shop in a retail park.

RFU embarrassment as 'Grand Slam' ad leaks

The Rugby Football Union have expressed their dismay that an advertisement celebrating England winning the Grand Slam has been leaked.

Tommy Bowe happy to restore pride to Irish rugby

Tommy Bowe believes pride has been restored to Irish rugby following their 24-8 RBS 6 Nations demolition of England.

Aviva drops ex-Lloyds boss from shortlist

Eric Daniels will be removed tomorrow from the shortlist of candidates being considered to become the next chairman of Aviva, the insurance group, following an outcry from investors.

Questions Of Cash: 'I wouldn't have been able to claim on policy'

Q. I've paid into an Aviva Permanent Health Insurance policy for 20 years. I've just found out that I would have been ineligible for any benefits had I made a claim. I am a teacher and under the conditions of service I would go onto half pay after six months' illness. Unknown to me, my policy would have knocked this sum off any benefit I would have got from Aviva. My premiums did not take this into account.I have asked Avivato reimburse theoverpaid premiums, but it has refused. MB, by email.

Montgomery landed £1.3m Mecom payout

The publishing group Mecom paid its former chief executive David Montgomery €1.5m (£1.3m) after he was ousted in January from the company he founded.

Tough taskmaster Van Commenee keeps GB on track for London target

Golden girl Helen Clitheroe told to prove herself outdoors as head coach refuses to rest on laurels in effort to hit eight-medal mark at next year's Olympics

Aviva mulls sales to maintain focus

Aviva is considering asset sales this year to home in on its most important markets after life insurance sales boosted a strong rise in annual profits.

Business Diary: Banking gets blue blood transfusion

Another former Conservative cabinet minister arrives in the banking sector. Angela Knight is already doing sterling work for the banks in her role as chief executive of the British Bankers Association. Now she has been joined by Lord Hunt – who was plain old David Hunt when he served as a minister under John Major – who is taking over at the top of the Lending Standards Board. It monitors the banks' compliance with the promises they have made about lending and fair conduct.

Smith seeks recognition in the name of his father

One-lap specialist and son of former 100m world record holder ready to show UK audience his talent on track

Injured Ennis pulls out of Grand Prix

World and European heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis has withdrawn from the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday.

O'Leary an injury doubt as Ireland seek to repay coach's faith

It remains to be seen whether Declan Kidney is suffering from a bad side but as Ireland prepare for the visit of France to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin tomorrow, after the painfully hard job of beating Italy in Rome last Saturday, their head coach does have a pivotal player afflicted with a bad back.

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