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From the one who “Came to Tea” to Life of Pi, there is a PhD thesis waiting to be written about tigers as a metaphor in fiction. The beast that stalks this unusual Australian literary debut is an imaginary one, but to Ruth, a 75-year-old widow whose two adult sons dutifully watch over her from homes abroad, he’s terrifyingly real. At night she wakes to hear him prowling her isolated beach house in New South Wales and wonders if she’s losing her mind.

Former All Black sued for $200,000 over alleged assault

The father of a 17-year-old boy allegedly assaulted by former All Black Robin Brooke in Fiji on New Year's Eve is suing the rugby star for $200,000.

Miner to reveal extent of new gold reserves discovered in Fiji

Vatukoula is expected to announce a bumper find of gold tomorrow.

O'Gara misses out on Lions revenge as Irish try Sexton

Fly-half will sit out first major international in six years

Sexton favoured over O'Gara for Ireland

Jonathan Sexton will start Ireland's clash with South Africa at Croke Park on Saturday after being preferred ahead of Ronan O'Gara at fly-half.

Cool Sexton stars on debut in Irish stroll

Ireland 41 Fiji 6

Sexton excels to propel Ireland past islanders

Ireland 41 Fiji 6

D'Arcy keen to stake claim on centre stage

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Robinson demands rapid improvement

Scotland will have an unchanged starting XV and an unchanged bench when the Australians roll up at Murrayfield on Saturday but the message emanating from the camp yesterday was not quite "Same again, please."

Robinson delighted by Grove at debutants ball

Scotland 23 Fiji 10

Robinson harnesses Warriors' spirit

Scotland 23 Fiji 10: Scotland's new English coach oversees encouraging performance from players reared on both sides of the border

Scotland ease to victory over Fiji

Scotland 23 Fiji 10

Robinson wants flying start with Scots after red rose circus

Andy Robinson has been this way before, of course. Five years and one day ago, the former red rose flanker presided over his maiden Test voyage as England's head coach, a 70-0 victory against Canada at Twickenham. This afternoon at Murrayfield he sets out at the helm for Scotland, his international coaching career having not quite not sunk without trace when his England days foundered on the rocks of the 2006 autumn season.

Bell faces up to daunting Puma pack

Prop bullish but doubts over English muscle remain after Australian performance

Robinson shakes up Scotland side

A penny for Andy Robinson's thoughts yesterday as he settled into his seat in an Edinburgh hotel to name his first international XV for three weeks short of three years. Now where was he, before being so rudely interrupted by the thumbs-down of the management board of the Rugby Football Union? Ah yes, picking an England side hamstrung by injury and a collective loss of form – an England side that not once, in his 22-match tenure as head coach, had the luxury of Jonny Wilkinson calling the shots from No 10. What might have been for the red rose Robinson regime had the stricken World Cup winner of 2003 been in the pivotal position for those fateful autumn Twickenham Tests of 2006?

Typhoid, tyranny and tax havens: The truth behind America's trendiest drink

Fiji Water's environmental and ethical credentials have seduced the A-list, from Paris Hilton to the Obamas. But there lie dark secrets behind the shiny veneer – from the Chinese plastics plant in which its bottles are manufactured to the brutal dictatorship under whose auspices it is produced
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Wolf (Nathan McMullen), Ian (Dan Starky), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Santa Claus (Nick Frost) in the Doctor Who Christmas Special (BBC/Photographer: David Venni)
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EastEnders Christmas specials are known for their shouty, over-the-top soap drama but tonight the show has done itself proud thanks to Danny Dyer.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

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

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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