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The two novels have been revealed by Gibbons' daughter

John Prescott has backed Hull City owner Assem Allam over his plans to change the club's name to Hull Tigers

John Prescott backs Assem Allam over Hull City name change as Tigers' future remains unclear

Prescott understands the need for further financial backing and the lifelong Hull fans has given his approval for the potential name change

A pedestrian makes their way along a snow packed street in Indianapolis

What is a polar vortex? The arctic winds that brought cold air and chaos to the US

Much of the United States is currently in the grip of a polar vortex, a system of dense air producing plummeting temperatures and swathes of freezing weather, bringing some parts of the country to a halt and causing chaos in others.

Alec Luhn's Sketch: The press pack with tsars in their eyes

Vladimir Putin played the role of the good tsar at his annual press conference, fielding questions, repeated declarations of grateful praise and requests to deal with unscrupulous businessmen and lazy bureaucrats. One excited journalist even credited him with an improvement in her love life, noting that she had “finally gotten married” shortly after meeting him in March.

US war veteran detained by North Korea Merrill Newman free to fly home after "apologising"

Merrill Newman, 85, was taken off a plane last month, accused of ordering the deaths of North Koreans during the 1950-3 war.

60-foot diplodocus dinosaur skeleton sold for £400,000 in Surrey

The skeleton, named Misty, went up for auction as part of a sale of natural history curiosities

Manufacturers bring back production to the UK as overseas production costs escalate

Small and medium sized businesses are bringing back production to the UK as costs are escalating abroad.

Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill were on television pundit duty for Manchester United's Champions League match against Real Sociedad

Martin O'Neill warns he and Roy Keane will form a 'bad cop, bad, bad cop' partnership at the Republic of Ireland

The duo were confirmed as the new management team of the national side last night

While Indian rhino numbers are recovering, Chris Packham says similar endangered species have only limited conservation value

Conservation must stop wasting money and energy on giant panda and other cute animals, warns Chris Packham

Environmental campaigners should stop wasting money trying to save “totemic symbols of cuteness” such as the giant panda and focus instead on more pressing political conservation issues, the wildlife presenter Chris Packham has said.

A face-palm moment for David Moyes as Steve Clarke looks on

David Moyes haunted by shades of the Damned United

Scot's poor start echoes that of  Brian Clough’s tortuous Leeds spell

Coca-cola to introduce world’s first canned hot fizzy drink in Japan

New technology to make drinks that are both heated and carbonated has taken four years' research to build

Andy Murray is going to be more hands-on with his own business affairs

Andy Murray seeks to earn it like Beckham with Simon Fuller deal

Andy Murray has taken another leaf out of David Beckham's book by forming his own management company in partnership with Simon Fuller. The new company, which is called "77" in recognition of Murray's achievement in ending Britain's 77-year wait for a men's singles champion at Wimbledon on 7 July this year, will manage the affairs of both the world No 3 and his brother, Jamie.

Roy Hodgson: The England manager has re-jigged his squad after several injuries

Roy Hodgson snubbed on Anfield return as Wayne Rooney heads growing injury problems for World Cup qualifiers

England manager was infuriated to find that he had only been allocated a pass for a guest lounge at Anfield

Broadgate sale to net £600m profit for Blackstone

Blackstone, the US private equity firm, is set to make hundreds of millions of pounds profit on the sale of its 50% stake in Broadgate, the office complex which is home to some 30,000 City workers.

Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling hopeful tough start could benefit Manchester United

The champions open their campaign against Swansea

<p>BEN WATSON:</p> Returning to the scene of his historic strike, FA Cup final hero Watson was outshone by another former Palace man in Zaha. 6

Community Shield victory will boost Manchester United youngsters, claims Chris Smalling

Wilfried Zaha, Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj have shone during pre-season

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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick