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Hedge Funds

A land of beaches, Bentleys ... and bankers galore

Bentleys, yachts and award-winning seafood restaurants are all well known to the residents of the three islands that make up the Cayman archipelago. But mention the islands' tax status and they're likely to clam up.

Crime & Thrillers: Sleuths in battle

Let's avoid saying that 2011 was the best of times, the worst of times for the crime and thriller field - but it has been a turbulent year, with regular visits by authors to both the heights and the depths.

Gods Without Men, By Hari Kunzru

Ever since The Impressionist appeared in 2003, with its picaresque hero for post-colonial times, it was clear that Hari Kunzru's fiction was fuelled by an energetic intelligence. Along with a love of big ideas came narrative zest, verbal and comic flair, and an acute eye for contemporary mores both East and West. Is identity a fixed essence or a mimic matter assembled from conventions, the first novel asked.

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Osborne fails to block European crackdown on City hedge funds

The Government's first foray to Brussels ended with defeat for George Osborne yesterday as European Union finance ministers backed a tough crackdown on the City. But the Chancellor won a concession after the EU agreed to consider giving London hedge fund managers greater power to operate across the EU.