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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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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine