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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.

Primark chief executive steps down

The veteran founder of budget fashion chain Primark stepped down today from day-to-day control of the firm.

Word on the street: Ben de Lisi is a home maker

Got more money than creativity? Annie Deakin discovers the latest estate agent ploy - designer property

United Utilities' Green ready to sell £800m of assets



United Utilities, the FTSE 100 water company, is reviewing a key division of its business, which could lead to a sale worth over £800m later this year.

Ready to Wear: Until Kidman, A-listers were mostly happy to endorse ready-to-wear

It's good to know that even Kate Moss is not immune to the (some might say irrational) fear of turning up at a high-profile event wearing the same dress as another woman.

Sophie Morris: Sarkozy's right: the burqa is a tool of repression

As I was pushing my way down a busy high street on Sunday afternoon, I got stuck in one of those awkward crowds at the corner of another large road. There's no real pedestrian right of way in these circumstances, so we all set to the mannered side-stepping and edging forwards required to get through the jam.

Credit crisis diary: Patience set to take on the pink paper

Rupert Murdoch is stepping up The Wall Street Journal's plans to take on the Financial Times. We hear that Patience Wheatcroft, former editor of The Sunday Telegraph, is being lined up as the next European editor of the WSJ, as the US title tries to up its game on this side of the Atlantic. Wheatcroft has worked with theWSJ boss Robert Thomson before – she was business editor at The Times when he edited that Murdoch organ – and now she is set to team up with him again for an assault on the FT.

Green ratchets up pressure on Bhs suppliers

British Home Stores (Bhs), owned by the tycoon Sir Philip Green, has turned the screws on its suppliers as the billionaire merges the retailer with his Arcadia fashion group. Bhs, which has 185 branches, said it was increasing the discount rate for suppliers from 11.25 per cent to 14.25 per cent from 1 July, in a move that is reported to have angered some of them.

Mark Steel: Perhaps it would be better if all MPs were sponsored...

They will sit in the 'Cornhill Insurance Parliament' and swig on Lucozade

M&S says markets levelling as profits slide

Marks & Spencer said it was hopeful the downturn in its markets had levelled off as it posted a 40 per cent slide in full-year profits and slashed its dividend to conserve cash.

The view from the top: Condé Nast grandee Nicholas Coleridge's blockbusters are anything but elitist

Nicholas Coleridge could have followed his father into banking at Lloyds. Instead, he runs a glossy magazine empire and writes glossy novels about old money, new money and Tory spin doctors

Mystery investor set to stir up Tate & Lyle's board

A mystery European investor is set to challenge the board of Tate & Lyle, the struggling sugar refiner after amassing a "sizeable economic interest" in the company through equity derivative contracts.

Margareta Pagano: A recession made for Sir Alan Sugar

Tougher times bring out the pioneer in people

Jeremy Warner: A mighty cull of billionaires

Outlook The annual Forbes billionaires list used to make dull old reading. Every year there would be more of them, until eventually they became so common that there hardly seemed any point in being one. Uncle Tom Cobley and all seemed to join this once exclusive club. But no more. The latest list, published today, reveals a shocking, credit-crunched, cull. Out go the likes of Sir Tom Hunter – was he ever one in the first place? – and Icap's Michael Spencer. There appear to be no new British additions at all, and even Sir Philip Green, the retail financier, has found his estimated fortune nearly halved to £4.8bn. Poor dear. Must be tough to rub along on so little.

Mosaic deal saves 8,700 jobs

Icelandic bank Kaupthing put Mosaic Fashions into administration and announced a deal to buy back some of its brands immediately, saving around 8,700 jobs while leaving about 4,200 at risk today.

Government inquiry into HBOS payoffs

The corporate banking chief was paid £660,000 despite loss
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada