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In this novel, Barbara Trapido, a writer fascinated by the intricacies of plot, examines how luck and timing can lend shape to a life. It opens in the late 1970s when Josh Silver, a South African PhD student, stumbles bleary-eyed into his squalid student kitchen to find Caroline, a leggy Australian blonde, doing the washing up.

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South Africa choke at a World Cup again – this time at hands of Oram

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Father stands by honeymoon accused

The father of a British businessman accused of murdering his bride on honeymoon broke his silence yesterday to insist: "I know he is innocent."

Toxins from South African mines threaten city

Toxic liquids building up in defunct gold mines beneath Johannesburg could reach environmentally dangerous levels by June 2012, officials and scientists said yesterday.

Rajan's Wrong-Un: Ganguly's spite no match for great Bedi

What is it about splenetic former Indian captains? True, Sourav Ganguly has never been one for diplomatic niceties. The Prince of Bengal did his bit for relations between India and Australia over the weekend by saying the Baggy Greens are overrated, and worse even than crisis-stricken Pakistan. "The days of Australian dominance seem to be over," Ganguly wrote in his newspaper column. Yet this vitriol was merely upholding a venerable tradition of spiteful, outspoken former captains of India.

Rugby round-up: Leeds move Back to front after Key departure

In the Aviva Premiership today, Leeds – who sacked their director of rugby, Andy Key, in midweek – are away to Saracens. Neil Back, who has taken sole charge of the team, will have the England forwards Steve Thompson and Hendre Fourie back in his pack. Next Sunday, bottom-placed Leeds are at home to 11th-placed Newcastle in what, to apply a football cliché to bonus-point-enhanced rugby, will be "a real 10-pointer". An unlikely Leeds win at Vicarage Road would overhaul the Falcons a week early.

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