A Possible Life, by Sebastian Faulks. Vintage , £7.99

Faulks’s new work is made up of two novellas, and three short stories. Their settings include a 21st-century laboratory, a Victorian workhouse and a 1970s recording studio.

David Camerson says migrant benefits for non-workers need to be reduced

David Cameron: Curb migrants' benefits

Prime Minister says it is 'absolutely vital' to place restrictions on new member states of the EU

Mitch Feierstein: Chancellor builds his policies on a Ponzi homes plan

Investment View: George Osborne is putting the good of his party before his country. Shame on him

Theo Walcott, pictured responding to last year’s European Championship exit, has been typical of the national team’s fortunes of late

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Just one in six voters believe immigration is a good thing for Britain, poll suggests

Majority of voters think immigration is harming Britain

Survey shows extent of public dissatisfaction, with 60 per cent saying migrants bring more disadvantages than advantages to the UK

Last year, 242 immigrant children were held, mostly in removal centres

Britain still detaining hundreds of refugee children

Hundreds of children seeking sanctuary in Britain have been held in detention despite repeated government claims that the practice has ended.

Scottish politicians attack ‘going home’ immigration posters as ‘shameful’

A charity has also labelled the Home Office posters displayed in reporting centres ‘racist’

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Paddy Power  beats the odds

Voting rights should be taken away from Commonwealth citizens living in the UK, campaigners argue

One million Commonwealth citizens 'should lose the right to vote in UK'

Campaign group says figures compiled for first time show potential impact on 2015 general elections from a legal 'hangover from the days of Empire'

The IPPR wants to force the young to vote. It's a push in the right direction

Libertarians might run a mile, but radical steps are needed

‘Give organ donors transplant priority’: Doctor calls for new way of dealing with the problem of 'free riders'

Figures show that ethnic minorities make up 10.8 per cent of the UK population, yet just 4.2 per cent of organ donors

Police look into ‘racist’ comments by councillor

A Conservative councillor who warned that a Travellers’ site would end up looking like “My big fat Gypsy cesspit” is to have his comments assessed by police.

The leader of the Australian Liberal Party, Tony Abbott, wants tough immigration reform

Abbott to take hard line on asylum-seekers

Australia’s opposition leader, Tony Abbott, has announced a new hard-line policy on asylum-seekers – trumping even the recent crackdown by the country’s Labor government, which is now sending all “boat people” to remote Nauru and Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement.

Rare Oskar Schindler documents sold for $122,000 at US auction

Documents linked to Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who rescued Jews from World War II concentration camps, have been sold by a New Hampshire auction house for $122,000 (£78,000).

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