Here are some of 2015's finest books to fire the imagination, engage the grey matter and invigorate the spirit over the festive period
Before its gentrification, The Warwick Castle in Notting Hill was a hotbed of both characters and character. Regular Ray Jones, who photographed its glory days, raises a glass
Shelley Christopher was mentally ill when she stabbed Richard Brown and daughter Sophia before inserting wooden objects into their bodies
A man with a bloodied knife flees moments after a reveller is stabbed at the Notting Hill Carnival.
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.
With the attention of the British press and public concentrated on the committee hearings at Portcullis House over the phone-hacking scandal, Downing Street chose yesterday to publish the salaries of ministerial special advisers.
Stay put? Over-55s development? Or equity release? Chiara Cavaglieri looks at the options, and their pitfalls, for homeowning retirees
Twenty thousand people handed out a record number of tomes across the country for the first World Book Night
There's no such thing as a holiday when you're the Prime Minister. Nick Clegg may be manning the dispatch box in London, but Dave and Sam are very much on duty as they pose for pictures at Daymer Beach in Cornwall.
Selling your home by open house is more popular then ever. But some critics say it only attracts time wasters. Oliver Bennett drops in on a viewing
Party's supporters favour an alliance with Labour in any hung parliament
Bright outlook for the rain man
Nick Boles is a good bet for a fast-track promotion if the Conservative Party wins the general election. Although he would be a new MP if he wins the normally safe Tory seat of Grantham and Rutland, he would already be on the inside track of a David Cameron government.
From its dystopian underpasses to the leafy avenues of Notting Hill, London has always offered evocative backdrops for film. But must we keep seeing the same old places?
The Independent's film critic selects his favourite films ever made
Disused car parks and empty shops might not sound like ideal homes, but a new scheme is making use of empty council space. Jenny Knight reports