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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.

Armitage primed to tackle Pacific Islands muscle

London Irish full-back well aware of challenge England will face this weekend

Premiership look to Pacific Islands side

The Pacific Islanders will provide a familiar and ferocious challenge to Martin Johnson's new-look England team at Twickenham this weekend.

Pakistan rejoins Commonwealth

The Commonwealth restored Pakistan's membership yesterday in recognition of the democratic steps taken there since the country rescinded emergency rule late last year.

Brian Viner: If Gordon's in the South Seas, could his bubble burst?

A few days before it was announced that Fidel Castro was stepping down as the President of Cuba, a gigantic image of Gordon Brown, with a red flower jauntily tucked behind his right ear, was projected on to the side of the Houses of Parliament.

Brown becomes an unlikely pin-up for Fijian tourism

It is one of the world's most exotic locations and is blessed with beautiful golden beaches and tropical blue seas, so you'd think the last thing needed to entice visitors to Fiji would be a picture of Gordon Brown with a scarlet flower in his hair.

The Complete Guide To: South Pacific Journeys

They've lured sailors, artists and explorers, but there's more to these islands than tropical beaches, says Martin Dixon

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Actress with a gift for high comedy

Something To Declare: travel guides and Menorca

Destination of the week: book shops

Leading article: The US must not bless Israel's border plans

This week's visit to Washington by the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, will be scrutinised primarily for what he and George Bush have to say about Iran's nuclear enrichment programme.

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Habana flies in to dash Wales' dream Wales 16 South Africa 33

Robinson plucks Wales out of Fiji horror show

Wales 11 Fiji 10

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Fearless Welsh rugby international
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Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

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'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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