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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.

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Obituary: David Beaty

FEW SUCCESSFUL writers can lay claim to producing a controversial book that ultimately saved thousands of lives. While the reading public followed his succession of novels, David Beaty's work in the field of what was originally known as "pilot error" was little known outside the aviation industry. It was, however, his most important work and the subject to which he was most dedicated.

Right of Reply: Ed Mayo

The director of the New Economics Foundation replies to an article by Diane Coyle that argued in favour of the free trade system run by the World Trade Organisation ONE THING has been learnt in the past decade's tug-of-war between governments and market players: markets need rules, a fact ignored by Diane Coyle. They require property rights, contracts, national and international law, accounting rules and disclosure, enforcement, police, courts, reliable tax collection and civic values.

`Miracle' operation to reverse the menopause fails as deadline looms

A PIONEERING attempt to reverse the menopause by transplanting an ovary back into a young woman who had it surgically removed has suffered a major setback.

Wall Street hits new high in wake of Fed's rate rise

SHARES SURGED to a new record on Wall Street and gained across Europe as financial markets hailed Tuesday's decision by the US Federal Reserve to raise rates by just 0.25 percentage points and maintain a neutral stance, in line with expectations.

BAT bid for Imasco faces lawsuit

A CLASS ACTION lawsuit has been filed to block British American Tobacco's C$10.3bn (pounds 4.4bn) bid for the tobacco, financial services and drugstore conglomerate Imasco. In a claim filed in the Superior Court, Ontario, on Thursday against London-based BAT and Imasco of Montreal, plaintiff Daniel Stern seeks an injunction against proceeding with the offer, arguing that it is inadequate at C$40 a share.

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Tennis: Hingis in fine form

MARTINA HINGIS advanced to the quarter-finals of the TIG Classic in Carlsbad, California, after beating American Chanda Rubin, 7-5, 6-3.

Barclays opts for Canadian as new chief

Matt Barrett has left a colourful past to cross the Atlantic and join the high street giant

Outlook: Who said bankers have to be boring?...

BARCLAYS certainly can pick 'em. Matthew Barrett is best known in Canada, and probably beyond it too, not as a banker but as the man who married the high-profile jet setter and former companion of Adnan Khashoggi, Anne-Marie Sten. So fed up was Mr Barrett with Ms Sten's constant appearances in Canada's gossip columns and magazines, on one occasion in a fur bikini, on another minus kit altogether, that it apparently became a factor in his decision to quit as chairman of Bank of Montreal.

How much is that Aussie in the window?

For 13 days, four Australians lived in a shop front in south London - and the locals loved it. INGRID KENNEDY joined the party

Accidental tourist's long haul

MICHEL TASSE spent yesterday playing golf, recovering from possibly the longest day-trip in history. Instead of a 300-mile hop from Toronto to Montreal, where he lives, the businessman took a 7,000-mile detour.

Music: No autographs, please

A nine-piece from Montreal who write the soundtrack to urban decay? Doesn't sound a lot of fun. But godspeedyoublackemperor! do give you a free gift with every purchase.

Boxing: The importance of being Hearns

BOXING IS too hard, too brutal a business to be romantic, yet provides moments that touch the heart and people who take it on to a higher plane. The appearance of Thomas Hearns in Manchester next week is a complex issue, partly to be welcomed, and inevitably, in view of his 40 years, also to be regretted.

Books: Beasts and the blonde Blondes: Losing the Dead by Lisa Appignanesi Chatto & Windus, pounds 15.99, 232pp

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada