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."

Gardeners urged to save butterflies

Gardeners are being urged to plant butterfly-friendly flowers to "make nature come back to life", after five rare species have become extinct and half of the remaining 56 species are under threat of extinction.

Ofcom to investigate UK's £3.5bn TV advertising market

The media watchdog has launched an inquiry into how television advertising is bought and sold in the UK, following concerns that the current system may distort competition.

Granta 114: Aliens, Edited by John Freeman

This latest Granta collection explores both the eponymous theme of alienation and its inverse - notions of home.

Leading article: Down the Tube

Complaints about delays on the London Underground are perennial, yet only three per cent of passengers claimed compensation last year. Why, you might wonder, might that be?

Get back in your strides

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

Bargain Hunter: Put a spring into your cleaning

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

Lucien Pissarro was the eldest son of the Impressionist painter, Camille Pissarro. This pleasingly informative exhibition, on display in a single large gallery at the Ashmolean, tells the story of how Lucien, packed off to England to rid him of the perennial itch to be an artist did not quite do what his mother so fervently desired.

Leading article: Northern Ireland's burst pipes

The board of Northern Ireland Water is reported to be reflecting on how it has handled the present emergency.

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