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Domino's Pizza has named the former boss of Halfords as its new chief executive as Lance Batchelor moves on to Saga ahead of its £3 billion flotation.

The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri. Bloomsbury, £16.99

Cool and detached, this novel of family bonds and political passions blunts the tragedy of its time

Interview: Author Eleanor Catton on 'The Luminaries', astrology and Man Booker longlisting

'It’s been a real ride getting on the longlist'

Crime writer Sophie Hannah is to write the as-yet untitled novel in Christie's style

Whodunnit? New author to bring Agatha Christie's Poirot out of retirement

Hercule Poirot is to test his famous grey cells once again in a “new” Agatha Christie novel – the first featuring the Belgian detective since Christie’s death in 1976.

Public Accounts Committee attacks MoD over spiralling costs of aircraft carriers

Britain’s aircraft carrier programme faces further spiralling costs and the project remains a “high risk”, MPs have warned.

Chris Moyles: Featherstone's ground was named after the radio DJ in 2007

It's a rebranding Jungle out there as Castleford change ground name again

The renaming of rugby league grounds has reached a new low in Castleford. As of the 2014 season, the venue currently known as the Wish Communications Stadium will become the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Book review: Hunters in the Snow, By Daisy Hildyard

An ambitious debut novel patrols the disputed border country between history and fiction

Dame Barbara Cartland, who in her lifetime, published 723 books

106 unseen works from romance queen Dame Barbara Cartland to hit bookshelves

Late author left behind around 160 unpublished manuscripts, which will form collections to be released in three sets

EL James claimed the top spot in Forbes’ list of the highest-earning writers

Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James named top-earning writer for 2012

The Brit succeeded crime writer James Patterson to top the list

Sony pulls out as sponsor of radio awards after 32 years

Technology firm Sony has pulled out of the annual radio awards after more than three decades sponsoring the event.

Classical review: Prom 31 - Ravishing, adventurous and fit for a queen

The music for the 1953 coronation, celebrated at the Proms, offers a bold precedent for future crownings

Stuart Broad appeals for the wicket of Chris Rogers

Ashes 2013: DRS storm returns to haunt England after Chris Rogers dismissal is overturned

Batsman was given out caught behind but when replays showed he was actually lbw, the decision was overturned on appeal, much to England's frustration

Paperback review: Train Dreams, By Denis Johnson

This superb novella, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, feels like a doorstopper, so huge is it in its concerns.

Peter Jackson posted photos from The Hobbit filming on Facebook to celebrate its completion

Peter Jackson celebrates The Hobbit wrap by posting stream of photos on Facebook

Director Peter Jackson has thrilled his Facebook fans by providing an unprecedented  stream of photos from the set of the final film in The Hobbit trilogy to celebrate the completion of filming in New Zealand.

JK Rowling said Robert Galbraith was doing just fine on his own

How JK Rowling laboured to forge her new identity Robert Galbraith for The Cuckoo's Calling

‘Outed’ Harry Potter creator worked for days to sign crime novel under pen name

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform