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There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.

Obituary: Lili St Cyr

A STRIPTEASE performer noted for her on-stage bubble baths, Lili St Cyr was allegedly a role model for the young Marilyn Monroe.

American Association: Careers - Bad news for workaholics Part-timers win promotion

HIGH-FLIERS who yearn to work fewer hours but fear damaging their career prospects can take heart from a study showing that professionals who went part-time still managed to get promoted.

Avalanche kills six at party

AN AVALANCHE swept down on a New Year's celebration yesterday in a Canadian Inuit village, killing six people and injuring 25. Three others were reported missing, buried under feet of snow.

Obituary: Archie Moore

IT IS one of the boxing game's great adages that the measure of a boxer's spirit is his ability to accept defeat and, more importantly, to get up after a knockdown, writes Frank Gray. Archie Moore [obituary by Bob Mee, 11 December] fought many wars - notably against Rocky Marciano, whom he knocked down once but who rose up and pounded his way through Moore's pinpoint punching to win by a knockout in the ninth round.

A battler on two fronts: Jim Fox

The fight for his sport brings strength to combat disease for a hero of the Seventies. INTERVIEW

Not just for lau ghs

The comedy festival in Montreal is the scene of some heavy-duty schmoozing, as comedians Lee and Herring discovered recently

Obituary: Professor Nicholas Kemmer

I HOPE that Tam Dalyell won't be offended if I correct a few factual errors in his obituary [24 October] of my late husband, writes Margaret Kemmer.

Sports Letters: Dual nationals in the '36 crown

Sir: While it's fair of Adam Szreter (28 October) to say that war halted the progress of Britain's ice hockey team, it is also fair to point out that the only member of the team which won gold at the 1936 Olympics who was not a Canadian dual national was the manager, Bunny Ahearne.

Travel: Long Haul - They've got it covered

What do you put in a dome? Animals, vegetables and minerals. At least that's what they've done in Montreal. Cleo Paskal went in search of a sloth

Letter: Circumcision myths

Sir: Mischa Moselle (letter, 30 September) asserts that "surely it is the right of parents to determine how their children are raised". Does having one's son circumcised not amount, more accurately, to determining how he will be anatomically re-configured? Is that a valid parental prerogative?

Alarm at death rate of young homeless

THE DEATH rate for young men sleeping rough on the streets of London is almost 40 times that of the general public, the Lancet reports today.

There's something about Lee Evans

Lee Evans has made a film with Cameron Diaz. But he won't watch it.

Comedy in Canada: it's no laughing matter

The Montreal Comedy Festival makes Edinburgh look like a Buddhist love-in.

Travel: White knuckles, red river

The adrenaline rush is what rafters are after. And on Canada's Riviere Rouge they certainly find it. Cleo Paskal climbed into a kayak for a terrifying ride over the rapids

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game