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An anthology of stories which have won the Asham Award, as well as additional tales by established Virago authors, this is a book of journeys, meetings and partings, flights and homecomings.

David Prosser: M&S looks forward to a new leader

Outlook Will Sir Stuart Rose be satisfied with the performance of his beloved Marks & Spencer during his final full calendar year at the helm? Announcing M&S's first increase in sales for two years yesterday will have been satisfying – and Sir Stuart seems to have steered the retailer through the recession relatively unscathed – yet the interest in when Marc Bolland is due to finally join the retailer must have been irritating.

Stores raise prices before VAT change

Some high street stores have raised prices ahead of January's VAT hike while pledging not to pass the tax increase on to customers immediately, it was reported today.

Liz Hoggard: Life through a shop assistant's eyes

I can see why Philip Green and Stuart Rose still take turns at the till

Bolland's M&S move imminent

Marc Bolland looks set to join Marks and Spencer earlier in the new year than anticipated.

Business Diary: Woman complains horse is too ill to ride

Faulty washing machines and toys feature prominently in customer complaints, but a sick horse is a new one on us. Nonetheless, the UK European Consumer Centre, which is two-years-old on Saturday, highlighted the case of a UK woman who was miffed at finding out that the £3,000 horse she bought from a Swedish trader suffering from a medical condition that prevented it from being ridden. The ECC's UK arm took up the case and a mediation body eventually ruled in her favour. The horse was sent back to the trader and the woman was reimbursed £3,000 plus damages. Neight a bad result.

High street cheered by Debenhams and Arcadia

Sir Philip Green's Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge enjoy record year of profits

Errors & Omissions: Stick to English if you want to avoid the trap of foreign phrases

This newspaper has a bad habit of making a hash of foreign languages. We have been at it again.

Christina Patterson: Energy, drive, decisiveness – and knowledge of libel laws

"The culture of our company has been built around the qualities of the markets in which we work. We encourage our people to be energetic; driven and decisive and pursuing opportunity; respectful both of the significance of what we do and of the individual needs and qualities of our customers and suppliers."

Stonehenge lays out the welcome mat

Tortuous battle to agree design for visitor centre is finally resolved

Business Diary: ITV finally has a hit with comedy

Stock market rumour of the day: retail tycoon Sir Philip Green and new business partner Simon Cowell are working on a bid for troubled broadcaster ITV. What a story that would be. Sadly, friends of the pair deny it. Indeed, one mate of Sir Philip says his reaction to hearing the story was to fall about laughing.

'Woolworths' set to return to the high street next month

New chain looks to re-employ laid-off staff at pick 'n' mix stores

'More confident' consumers boost M&S

Retailer Marks & Spencer said today that consumers were feeling more confident as it posted a better-than-expected sales performance.

Tycoon seeks more time to explain missing millions

The estranged wife of a property millionaire who claims his £400m fortune has evaporated called today for him to “hear the clang of the prison gates” behind him after he failed to comply with a court order to explain where his money has gone.

After years of over-charging, City lawyers could face tough justice

Opportunistic city lawyers who over-charge their clients face tough new rules aimed at tackling the excesses and mismanagement of corporate law firms, under proposals to be published this week. The crackdown on the City's legal profession comes after growing concerns that regulators have failed to deal with abuses at multi-million pound law firms.

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