News Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, where employees are famed for being happy

The online retailer Zappos is the largest company yet to adopt “holacracy”, a new business approach in which bosses are banished and workers choose their tasks. But who makes the tea?

'Space Oddity' reimagined as children's book

David Bowie's 1969 song "Space Oddity", which sees fictional astronaut Major Tom drifting into outer space, has been turned into an unlikely children's book by a Canadian illustrator.

Price rises force 'radical' changes at UK factories

British manufacturers have been forced to make "radical" changes to how they work as soaring materials costs put them under more pressure.

Tom Sutcliffe: My reading finally meets its Waterloo

The week in culture

Visual expression of brands and why it matters

Brands and their identities can be leveraged to powerful effect to drive awareness, reputation and market share. Mark Rollinson sets out his five-stage process to create and manage a great visual expression for a brand.

Pushy parents can put children off reading for life, says new laureate

Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, one of the most successful recent children's books, marked her appointment as Children's Laureate yesterday with a call to arms against "pushy parents", describing them as "a pain" who take the enjoyment out of reading.

Children's Laureate: Cuts are 'outrageous'

In letter to his successor, to be named this week, Anthony Browne warns: 'We'll all pay the price'

Lizzie Mary Cullen: The drawing's on the wall

Her imposing murals have been used by Somerset House, but Lizzie Cullen's biggest challenge was transforming her tiny flat into a stylish home. She tells Huma Qureshi how she did it

It's all in the mix: Club legend Gaz Mayall's cave of wonders

Ten thousand records vie for space with primitive art, countless instruments and esoterica 'no one else would want'

Rime Of The Ancient Mariner: the eco-fable graphic novel

Coleridge's 'Rime Of The Ancient Mariner' – the original eco-fable - has been reimagined as a chic graphic novel. Its aim? To save the oceans

Playing the Shape Game, By Anthony Browne with Joe Browne

This lovingly compiled book should soon persuade readers that Anthony Browne, the current Children's Laureate, is an illustrator of genius. Drawing on the surrealism of Magritte and the narrative powers of Victorian genre paintings, every detail in his many picture books tells its own story. Foregrounded figures are regularly explained by the various goings-on behind their backs, with "spot the difference" a constant theme as one illustration succeeds another, often outwardly similar until readers have a closer look.

'Wild Things' writer makes a comeback

Maurice Sendak, the creator of Where the Wild Things Are, is to publish his first work as author-illustrator for 30 years.

Outside the Box: Capello's legacy in safe hands thanks to Wilshere and Co

For a man due to leave his job in Olympic year, it is appropriate that England's manager Fabio Capello should be thinking of the legacy he might leave behind.

Arty political protests against Coalition's Budget cuts

The Cuts exhibition is the collaboration of 16 young illustrators, including myself, visually communicating opinions on the Coalition Government's controversial Budget cuts.

Portfolio: Miles Aldridge

A chanteuse removes her show face backstage. But is the smudged pink of her make-up symbolic of a sticky, sweet innocence – or is there something more violent about the mark smeared across her face?

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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'
He's behind you, dude!

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