Sport 19-year-old Kyle Edmund has been selected in Great Britain's Davis Cup squad

The 19-year-old was named for the first time by captain Leon Smith and could be handed the second doubles slot to play alongside the Wimbledon champion after impressing

London and the South-East, By David Szalay

Appropriately enough, much of David Szalay's terrific first novel unfolds in and around Brighton, that last resort of ebbing fantasies. Once a "whippet-like" charmer of clients and girlfriends alike, ad salesman and serious drinker Paul now survives in a fractious step-family and dead-end job – a world superbly evoked in all its grisly, jargon-ridden inanition.

Eight held over major mortgage fraud probe

Detectives have arrested eight people in connection with a suspected £40m mortgage fraud, police said today.

Alfie Patten's mother facing truancy charge

The mother of "father at 13" Alfie Patten faces being prosecuted for letting one of her children play truant, the court service said today.

13-year-old father to take DNA test

Baby-faced "father" Alfie Patten today pledged to take a DNA test after two other boys claimed they had also slept with baby Maisie's teenage mother.

Boy, 13, 'may not be baby's father'

Baby-faced Alfie Patten may not be a father at 13 after all amid allegations that the mother has had several other sexual partners, it was reported today.

Father at 13: Little children, big money

Alfie Patten stands to make a small fortune from the story of how he fathered a child at 13. But his family is already locked in dispute over a red-top deal, writes Andrew Johnson

What's it all about, Alfie? 13 year-old fathers a child

Recriminations fly as 13-year-old is revealed to have fathered a child.

Father, 13, vows to care for new baby

A 13-year-old boy has become a father - and insists he will be a good parent, it was reported today.

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Virginia Ironside’s Dilemmas: My husband had an affair with a married woman, now she is having his baby

Dear Virginia,

I coped when my partner had an affair with a married woman, and we made up. But now we've heard she's just had his baby, and I can't stop thinking about it. I hate the idea of this little girl growing up without her real father (as my sons did), but contact would be painful, as I had a still born daughter years ago. My partner thinks her visits might be consolation for me, but it would be agony. I'm so confused!

Yours sincerely, Regina

Eastbourne to provide playground for the elderly

A seaside town with a reputation as a retirement haven could become the next area in Britain to provide older residents with an outdoor playground, it was revealed today.

Ask Martha: Should I kick my flatmate out?

Got a social dilemma? Martha Arthur has the answer...

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Howard Jacobson: Sitting on a bench in Eastbourne, where else would one want to be?

The English like to moderate life's pleasures, which is why their coastal resorts suit them so well

Steve Richards: Whatever happens in Glasgow East, it's not going to be the end of Gordon Brown

A wild political year moves towards a gory climax. All eyes are on the Glasgow East by-election, which takes place at the end of this month. Never before has a contest in a single constituency had such an intoxicating advance billing. Parts of the mighty media and a few MPs predict that it could bring about the fall of a prime minister.

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