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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.

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