Child Wonder, By Roy Jacobsen, trans. Don Bartlett with Don Shaw

You've got a sister," his mother tells Finn, "a half-sister." This news heralds the first of several profound changes to Finn's life in the watershed year of 1961. Inevitably it makes him more aware of the occluded history of his father, who deserted his family for another woman, and died in a crane accident: "I can neither remember him nor the divorce, nor the accident, but Mother remembers for us both."

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From flares to fitted skinnies, spring trousers come in every shape and colour, says Harriet Walker

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Spring is in the air, and the crocuses are out. What better way to celebrate the turning seasons than with a few fair-weather bargains? Spring cleaning doesn't have to cost the earth – especially when Sainsbury's has slashed the price of washing-up liquid, bleach and soap. Save 25 per cent on Fairy liquid, and get two bottles of home-brand toilet cleaner for £1.10. Bottles of Carex Nature Protect Manuka Handwash, meanwhile, are better than half price at 71p.

Lucien Pissarro in England: the Eragny Press 1895-1914, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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