Le Grand Meaulnes (translated as The Lost Estate in the most recent Penguin classic) was a set text for our A level French and like The Catcher in the Rye it should be read in adolescence.
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Saturday 31 October 2009
Dylan Jones: 'I love the fright masks, the scary sweets, the useless plastic Halloween gifts in all the supermarkets'
Saturday 31 October 2009
Monday 14 September 2009
Tuesday 01 September 2009
More than 150 competitors braved wind, rain and mud yesterday in the annual World Bog Snorkelling Championship in the Mid Wales town of Llanwrtyd Wells. For the first time, Gordon Green, 74, who devised the event more than two decades ago, turned out himself in flippers, a mask and a snorkel to get down and dirty in one of two 60-yard trenches dug into the bog outside the town.
Thursday 30 July 2009
Saturday 25 July 2009
A passenger on board a plane which was forced to make an emergency landing has described the "hair-raising" moment the cabin began to fill with smoke.
Monday 06 July 2009
Saturday 04 July 2009
Paloma lives in the basement of a tall, regal-looking building on a smart street in west London. Hers is a spacious studio flat with a neat patio area, just big enough for a potted herb garden and wrought-iron table with matching chairs.
Thursday 02 July 2009
One million shoppers logged on to the new Woolworths.co.uk site in its first week of trading, the company said today.
Saturday 27 June 2009
Wednesday 29 April 2009
Jarvis Cocker has just gone and broken one of rock's cardinal rules: never (ever) admit even a fleeting fondness for the Conservative Party. In an interview for the new issue of GQ, the former Pulp frontman told Dylan Jones (the magazine's editor, himself a self-proclaimed Cameronista): "Maybe [a Conservative government] is necessary. There is no credible alternative."
Monday 13 April 2009
Fear not, there are no more war horses invading the National Theatre. Instead, the horseman of the dead king on the outskirts of a Nigerian city in the twilight of British colonialism, in the shadow of a distant war, is preparing to follow his Yoruba leader to the grave in an act of tribal ritualism.
Saturday 14 March 2009
So who does what at the FSA?
Niall Fitzgerald, the deputy chairman of Thomson Reuters, was Hector Sants' host when he gave his landmark speech this week promising a regulatory crackdown. Mr Fitzgerald quizzed the Financial Services Authority chief executive on governance and whether there was a clear division between Mr Sants' role and that of Lord Turner, his bustling new chairman. "Er, completely," Mr Sants replied with a fixed grin that seemed to hint otherwise.
Friday 27 February 2009
A Liberal Democrat councillor who dressed as a Nazi storm-trooper for a fancy dress bash has been suspended by red faced party chiefs.
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
Lord Freud hangs on as MPs of all parties 'call for his head' over disability comments
- 5 Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of 'cure'