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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.

David Suchet played Agatha Christie detective Poirot

David Suchet: Agatha Christie's family warned me not to make Poirot a joke

Poirot star David Suchet has revealed that Agatha Christie's family warned him not to play the Belgian detective as a joke when he was first approached about the role.

Kate Mosse is chair of the Women's Prize for Fiction board

I'll drink to that: Baileys announced as new sponsor of (formerly Orange) Women's Prize for Fiction

The winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction next year will be able to raise a glass of cream liqueur in celebration after Baileys stepped in to sponsor the award.

Review: NOS4R2, By Joe Hill

Like father, like son, like motorcar

Brought to book: Natalie Haynes at home, surrounded by Booker contenders

Natalie Haynes: Confessions of a Booker judge

Being on the jury of the Man Booker Prize is no mean feat. With 150 books to read, Natalie Haynes barely has time to sleep. But, she says, the popularity of historical fiction means she now knows a lot more about world history

Dan Brown's Inferno: Dante-inspired book set for release day bonanza

Dan Brown's Inferno: Publishers poised for biggest-sales since Harry Potter as Da Vinci Code author's latest Robert Langdon story hits shelves

The Dante Alighieri-inspired novel is already Amazon's top-selling book despite not being available until tomorrow

Michael Gove who launched a scathing attack on the infantilisation of history teaching which is encouraging youngsters to study historical figures through Disney and Mister Men stories

Michael Gove attacks 'infantilisation' of school curriculum which encourages pupils to compare Nazis to Mr Men

Education Secretary faces growing opposition to his reforms

Keith Ridgway: A fusion of Dashiell Hammett and Paul Auster

Paperback review: Hawthorn and Child, By Keith Ridgway

The odd couple turn to crime-fighting

One Minute With: Sarah Dunant, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

250,000 people over 50 say they can only pay off the mortgage by selling their home

Research suggests more than a million over 50s will face shortfall when it comes to paying off their interest only mortgage

Former MP Louise Mensch

Louise Mensch finally ends cosmetic surgery speculation by admitting she had a facelift

Former Tory MP Louise Mensch's fresh-faced appearance has been the subject of repeated speculation. Now she has finally laid the cosmetic surgery rumours to rest by admitting what many suspected all along: she has had a facelift.

Shepard: Why is he not published here?

Invisible Ink: No 169 - Jim Shephard

Here's an unusual situation; an author who's certainly not dead, not unknown or out of print in his native USA, greatly admired, yet ignored and unrepresented on these shores. While UK publishers reprint the most minor Nordic crime novels, we're denied an astonishing American voice.

John Terry is happy to shake the hand of Uefa president Michel Platini but his relationship with David Bernstein has soured

This time it's John Terry who refuses to shake hands as Chelsea captain snubs FA chairman David Bernstein at Champions League trophy handover

Chelsea captain in public rebuke of FA chairman during handover of trophy

Book of a lifetime: Earthly Powers, By Anthony Burgess

Has there ever been a more grandiose title for a novel? In calling this book Earthly Powers, Anthony Burgess seems to be suggesting that he has written a novel about everything. The extraordinary thing is that in these dense 648 pages, he has.

Miranda Richardson said she was 'thrilled' that Hilary Mantel had made the shortlist

Women’s Prize for Fiction: Miranda Richardson hits out at vitriol aimed at Hilary Mantel’s on-going awards success

Actress Miranda Richardson, chair of this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, has hit out at the vitriol aimed at Hilary Mantel’s on-going awards success, calling it a “hideous” British trait.

Adam Johnson, who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his work 'The Orphan Master's Son'

Novel by Adam Johnson set inside North Korea wins Pulitzer prize

As the world waits to see what the North Korean dictatorship does next, the judges of the Pulitzer prizes yesterday honoured a novel acclaimed for its depiction of the secretive state, naming Adam Johnson’s “The Orphan Master’s Son” as the winner of the fiction award after withholding the prize last year.

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