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Coffee strength can vary enormously

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The Method, By Juli Zeh

Set in the mid-21st century, this novel by German Juli Zeh presents a chilling vision of a dystopian future that plays on our current obsession with health and mass surveillance. Mia Holl, a scientist, lives in a monitored house where the air quality is repeatedly checked, household waste and sewage tested, and public areas regularly disinfected. In return, she and other residents are entitled to cut-price power and water. It is all part of the Method, a system designed to ensure "a happy and healthy life, a life free from suffering and pain".

Rents grind down Starbucks

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There’s a feeling of real quality with this Magimix kettle, which is solid, shiny and stylish, as well as being quick and able to boil just one mug of water at a time.

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There's a feeling of real quality with this Magimix kettle, which is solid, shiny and stylish, as well as being quick and able to boil just one mug of water at a time.

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£4.75 for 227g, steenbergs.co.uk
Tanzania is renowned for its
Peaberry beans, so this Peaberry
coffee has unsurprisingly won
Great Taste awards for three years

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Elizabeth Haynes plans murders in a shed at her Kent home

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Joe Cole has impressed since making the switch to Lille

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