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Five micro hotels

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As a child, the novelist and biographer was ambivalent about her run-down home. Now she's fallen in love with the family pile – and saved it from ruin

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Lazar's new novel offers a hallucinogenic glimpse into the dark side of the 1960s

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Go upmarket in Goa – beach life with butler service

Sean O'Grady: Rich countries have ability to solve problem

The world knows the biggest single step it could take to alleviate the food crisis – and has in fact been talking about it at the highest levels for the past eight years. The World Trade Organisation's Doha Round of trade talks that began in 2001 was aimed at liberalising the planet's dysfunctional agricultural markets, with cheaper food for all being a principal benefit.

Think of One: Have stage, will travel...

The Belgian band Think of One – plus their African guest stars – have been on the road for a decade. Tim Cumming joins them

Long way down: a journey through the Atlas mountains

Fashion designer Jacques Azagury enjoys visiting Morocco, the land of his birth, as a break from the hectic pace of life in London. He tells Ian McCurrach about his recent road trip

Romantic breaks: It's not too late to book a Valentine's date

Whatever your budget, there are still deals available to woo your lover. Ian McCurrach rounds up the best late offers for couples

Margaret Truman: Singer, biographer and crime writer

She was a singer, a praised biographer, and a bestselling crime novelist. But she is best known for a letter threatening physical violence to a music critic who panned one of her performances. It was written by her father – who at the time just happened to be the President of the United States.

Buying overseas: The sun in splendour

Many of us dream of escaping the chilly weather, but is Europe far enough? Go further to guarantee rays, advises Laura Latham

The way we live now, by Peter York: Arabian(esque) nights

Somewhere between Old Chelsea and Old Notting Hill there's a place called Non-specific Arabia. It's populated by educated Arabists, superannuated rich hippies, worshippers of early travel writers like Freya Stark and old upper-class people who thought Tangiers was tremendously front-line fun.

Abigail Townsend: Don't believe the hype? The City just lapped it up

Carphone Warehouse and gaming sites show sure bets can go wrong

Families: `We want to take our two small children on a beach holiday with culture next month to mark my 40th'

Q I am turning 40 in March and want to mark the occasion with a week's holiday with my husband and children (aged two and three) somewhere warm. We don't want to fly too far (time zone issues with the children), but would like a beach, some sights and a bit of culture. We haven't considered a budget yet but are not looking for anything too luxurious.
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