News Elizabeth Jane Howard, who died on Thursday 2 January, poses at an awards ceremony.

The novelist passed away in her home in Suffolk

David Cameron: As PM he earns £142,500 but he also rents out his former home for up to £70,000. The tax changes are likely to save him £3,000 - £5,000 a year

Top Tories to save thousands after 50p tax cut

David Cameron and his wife Samantha are likely to save thousands of pounds as a result of George Osborne's decision to scrap the 50p tax rate for those earning more than £150,000 a year. An analysis of their earnings suggests the Camerons could gain up to £5,000 a year as a result.

David Cameron: As PM he earns £142,500 but he also rents out his former home for up to £70,000. The tax changes are likely to save him £3,000 - £5,000 a year

They're all in it together! Tory rich list are big winners from 50p cut

David Cameron, Boris Johnson – and George Osborne himself – will reap Budget rewards

Thomas says: 'When I look in the mirror I see a person that has been through a lot. My face tells a story, and I see a guy who can stick his chest out and think 'I'm an honest person, who can hopefully help other people be honest'

My Secret Life: Gareth Thomas, 37, rugby player

'I cry quite a lot'

Sarah Sands: We must love developers as much as our own homes

On the way to a meeting in South Kensington recently, I passed a basement flat, and my heart sank. The huge, two-bedroom flat with a fabulous skylight and courtyard was mine about 25 years ago. I sold it for under £50,000 – it must now be worth £2m.

Between The Covers: Tulip Fever and big news at Simon & Schuster

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

Hoberman raises £6m

Lastminute.com's founder Brent Hoberman was celebrating yesterday after his latest start-up – the online furniture sales firm Made.com – raised £6m in a second round of funding.

Steven Spielberg, left, and Jeremy Irvine with “Joey” at the premiere

First night: War Horse, Odeon Leicester Square, London

Exercise in schmaltz in search of magic

We love: ‘Dior Couture’ - Featuring the fabulous creations of Christian Dior himself, Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano, this is a beautiful tome for fashion fantasists - more than 100 gowns from the Dior archive have been shot by the world-renowned photographer Patrick Demarchelier. Out December 6, Rizzoli

The Fashion Audit: 05/12/2011

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Sister loses fight over cycle death

The sister of an "enthusiastic and proficient" woman cyclist killed by a lorry has lost her High Court battle for a fresh inquest to investigate "the huge problem" of cycling deaths in London.

The Carnival Spirit survives in Notting Hill – for the time being

Attitudes to Europe's biggest street party are divided, with wealthy residents nervous after the riots

Letter from the editor: August bank holiday weekend time again

Bad weather forecast? Check. The annual French Eurotunnel staff strike threat? Check.

Three men charged with hit-and-run murders

A twenty-six-year-old man and a teenager were remanded in custody yesterday after appearing in court charged with the murders of three men who were hit by a car during riots in Birmingham last week.

Nicholas Foulkes: Rejoice! One can almost admit to being a Tory

Being 'in recovery' is very, very socially acceptable
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there