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

The novelist passed away in her home in Suffolk

New police chief has middle-class cocaine users in his sights

It is seen as the height of fashion (or normality) among dinner party guests from Islington to Notting Hill, and from Clapham to Docklands.

Architect 'killed violinist wife seven years ago'

A wealthy architect allegedly murdered his estranged wife and disposed of her body in such a way it has never been found, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

Who wants to be a property millionaire?

You can't sit on your butt in a house for a year, let alone 25, and wait for its value to soar

Livingstone to expand charging zone west

London'S Mayor, Ken Livingstone, gave the green light yesterday to a westerly expansion of the city's congestion charge area despite opposition from residents and politicians.

Sylvie Guillem: Dancing queen

In a rare interview, Sylvie Guillem talks to Nadine Meisner about life as the world's greatest ballerina - and why it's good not to be too famous

New film enters the private world of Pete and Dud, the warring kings of British satire

Cook's life, including his anarchic and often foul-mouthed routines with Moore, becomes a story in its own right

A boardroom of one's own

Home workers may curse their cramped, cupboard-sized offices, but they find it hard to justify the cost of leasing an office. Cheryl Markosky is converted

A 'Friends'-style apartment for a 'Friends'-style life

There's a warmer feel to interior design in new developments, says Cheryl Markosky, and The Gatehouse is a good example of the trend

Sam West: 'My parents are coming and I'm expecting to get notes'

He may be an established British actor, but as Sam West makes his directorial debut, will Mum and Dad prove to be his harshest critics?

Second helpings: More old places with new faces

The Savoy Grill Strand, London WC2 - Pharmacy 150 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 - The Greyhound at Stockbridge 31 High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee