St Therese of Lisieux: Bigger than the Pope

Jonathan Brown: In the latest stage of a world tour, her remains are coming to Britain

Games Review: Indiana Jones and
the Staff of Kings

DS, PSP, PS2, Wii, Activision, £19.99-£39.99

Brontë museum given portrait of patriarch

'Independent' reader saves long-lost picture for Britain

What on Earth Happened?, By Christopher Lloyd

This snappy history of our planet tells you something new on virtually every page. On page 70, we learn that our forebears' descent from the trees and the brain development required to utilise their free hands explains the difference between us and the genetically all-but-identical chimpanzees.

Tyrant who ruled the Brontës

A rare photograph has been discovered of the man who headed Britain's greatest literary family. Chris Green reports

Stalin's Children: Three Generations of Love and War, By Owen Matthews

The intrigue and danger that surround the author's mother's relationship with his father, a Welsh-born student of Russian, in this book, are almost overshadowed by the earlier story of her childhood in Stalinist Russia. Any romance inevitably comes second to the tale of the young Lyudmila and her sister, Lenina, "orphaned" when their father, a rising star in Stalin's government, was whisked off by the authorities and forced to confess to crimes he hadn't committed against the Party.

Brighton Festival, Various venues, Brighton<br>Giustino, Trinity College of Music, London

In Brighton, 'Giovanna d'Arco' was performed next to Anish Kapoor's sculpture of dismemberment

Telescopes that could see the future

Scientists hope probes to be launched soon will help them predict how the Universe may end

Peter York: The cabinet of curiosities

The Way We Live Now

Alex James: At home in the strangest of places

Maybe there are a million chickens hidden away in the sheds occupying just one small fraction of a corner of Enstone airfield. It's hard to guess how many – endless sheds, endless chickens and eggs, stinking to high heaven even in the cleansing whistle of the stiff spring breeze. The breeze has been the star of the show this week and on Saturday it was thrilling, riffling the expanses of tufty grass then falling away to nothing so I could feel the sun on my face.

Jeremy Warner: Out goes light touch, in comes the iron fist

Outlook As you would expect from McKinsey man, Lord Turner has done a masterful job in steering his way through the conflicting demands of the politicians for root-and-branch changes in the way banks are regulated and the need to preserve at least some elements of the free-market system.

The shape shifters: Breathing life into the art of sculpture

Annette Messager's quirky installations and Rebecca Warren's clay forms breathe new life &ndash; and fun &ndash; into the traditional art of sculpture. Tom Lubbock approves

Unknown, Byy Mari Jungstedt, translated by Tiina Nunnally

Decapitated equines have had a Mafiosi context until now: who could forget that pillow surprise in The Godfather? Mari Jungstedt's novel takes the image into a different setting, while retaining its iconic horror. The Swedish island of Gotland, with its mixture of hard-working locals and wealthy incomers, is enjoying its innocent summer when two young girls discover that a beloved pony is no longer available to ride. In ancient Scandinavia, a horse's head stuck on a pole was a fearsome threat – but where is poor Pontus's head, and whom will it threaten?

Leading article: We must preserve what is best of the House of Lords

The chamber needs reform, but non-partisan service still has a place

The Fire, By Katherine Neville

Just like The Da Vinci Code &ndash; but much better
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there