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One Apple Tasted, By Josa Young

Following in the footsteps of once-popular novelists Rose Macaulay and Margaret Kennedy, Josa Young debuts with an entertaining and charming romance about love, sex and the upper-middle classes behaving badly.

Himalayan wilderness yields 350 new species

Smallest species of deer ever known among new forms of wildlife discovered

Boyd Tonkin: An author impossible to confine to a single genre

At first glance, the news that Vikram Seth will, in four years, reprise his much-loved but muscle-straining saga A Suitable Boy with a sequel confirms the major plot-line in the book business just now. The recession has meant that, while most established authors are suffering, a small elite of bankable bestsellers is doing as well – or better – than ever. A rock-solid sales record can still open doors and wallets.

Inside travel: A new website promises to pay travellers to review their favourite places

Ben Ross talks to its creator, internet entrepreneur Simon Nixon

Inside Travel: Can travel damage your health?

Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth offers her expert opinion on the likely risks for tourists

Oh no! Volunteer Boris makes a splash

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson fell chest-deep into a river today in what he described as "the ultimate sacrifice" to promote volunteering.

How I conquered Mount Everest and vertigo, by Sir Ranulph

Explorer raised £3m for cancer charity

Edurne Pasaban: Queen of the top of the world

A woman from the Basque country has conquered nearly all of the world's highest peaks – and now she's racing for a record title. Elizabeth Nash reports

Two killed in Nepal blast as PM vote nears

Two people were killed and at least a dozen wounded when an explosion ripped through a church near the Nepali capital today, police said, hours before the country's parliament was set to elect a new prime minister.

First person: 'I escaped from a hijacked plane'

Mike Thexton, 49

Jeremy Laurance: The ultimate physical challenge

Most lay people know that Mount Everest is the highest in the world. What is less well known is that to reach the summit it is necessary to go up and down it about five times.

Everest: Climb to the moral high ground

A record-breaking ascent on the mountain is also a bid to expose its degradation

Five hotels for stargazers

Whether it's from a geodesic dome in the desert or a Himalayan spa retreat, the view will be stellar.

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An old-fashioned love triangle set in an imagined India draws the very best from the Royal Ballet

Leading article: A life lived to the full

The death of the British adventurer, Rob Gauntlett, 21, who died climbing in the French Alps at the weekend with his equally young companion, James Atkinson, has been called a tragedy. The response is understandable, and yet the tragic description does not really fit.

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

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The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

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Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
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Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
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Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
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Education: LGBT History Month

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Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

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