i Penny Mordaunt, Conservative MP

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Cold light, By Jenn Ashworth

Like the oxymoronic title of Jenn Ashworth's haunting second novel, its insidious and unsettling power resides in the tension created by opposites. The tenderness and delicacy of the 14-year-old girl is juxtaposed with a capacity for great brutality. Set in a northern town as claustrophobic as the relationships depicted, Cold Light unflinchingly tells the sad story of teenage friendship gone awry in the most devastating way.

The rebirth of the Bolshoi theatre

A dazzling £400m refit has given Moscow's famous theatre a fresh start after years of alleged corruption

Search continues for flood survivors

Survivors of devastating floods sought solace in church services yesterday while emergency workers searched wrecked homes for victims.

Mother to play Joanna Yeates in reconstruction

The mother of Joanna Yeates has offered to take part in a TV reconstruction of her daughter's last-known movements in Bristol.

Homes under the hammer surge in popularity

Prospective homeowners are bypassing estate agents in favour of residential auctions. Maryrose Fison reports

Last Night's TV: Can't Bully Me/BBC3<br />Beeny's Restoration Nightmare/Channel 4<br />Nigella's Kitchen/BBC2

Goodness know who came up with the notion that secondary school offers the best days of your life. Whoever it was clearly hadn't spent much time in the classroom (bunking off down the park might, conceivably, count as the best days of your life, though that rather hinges on the prospect of adulthood being very dull indeed). At any rate, as anyone who has ever donned a uniform and picked up a pencil case will know, school – particularly when you are an angst-ridden, parentally constrained adolescent – is far more rubbish than we like to admit. How much infinitely worse it must be when the gloomy spectre of bullying – or "big black cloud" as schoolboy Billy called it last night – is added to the equation.

Blanch to miss start of Super League season with injury

Ireland's World Cup winger, Damien Blanch, has suffered another major setback which will keep him out of the early rounds of the Super League season.

New El Salvador president promises: no confiscations

Declaring "this is not the time for revenge!", and addressing supporters waving red flags and chanting "Yes, he could!", Mauricio Funes led a party of former communist revolutionaries to success in El Salvador's bitterly fought presidential election.

How to make a period home eco-friendly

To transform a historic farmhouse into an environmentally-friendly home, the Tarrys went back to basics

Renovating overseas? Get the experts in

Why endure the hassle of renovating a ruin when you can employ someone to do the hard graft for you? Laura Latham reports

Oval courtroom gets emergency refit

The Sir John Major Room overlooking the green bowl of the Oval Cricket Ground was built for corporate entertainment. Yesterday, it opened as the arena for a grand-scale investigation into alleged institutional incompetence – and a spot of redecorating.

McCanns are asked to return to Portugal

Portuguese police have asked the parents of missing Madeleine McCann if they would consider taking part in a reconstruction of the night she disappeared, sources said today.

Russian community faces schism as Patriarch Alexis sacks London bishop

With sacred song echoing down the aisles and incense filling the air above gilded icons, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition and All Saints seemed a haven of religious harmony.

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