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Some authors vanish in plain sight, recalled by their most successful work, which comes to define an entire career. A friend of mine has written mytho-logies, Victoriana, crime and magical realism, but publishers are unable to mention her without inserting the title of her greatest success into her name, in the way that pantomime stars are bracketed by their TV shows. Typecasting is a problem that afflicts most successful writers.

Development quango sent staff to pottery classes

Former staff of a development quango were sent for patchwork, pottery and jewellery-making lessons at taxpayers’ expense, an investigation has found.

18-year-old woman charged with death of baby

An 18-year-old woman has been charged with causing the death of a four-month-old baby girl, Scotland Yard said on Sunday night.

Thames Duck boat fire: Passengers jump overboard to escape blaze on London Duck Tours vessel

Latest blaze compounds safety fears over craft after two similar incidents earlier this year

Bids open on London's flood defence overhaul

Britain's biggest engineers have been asked to develop plans to protect London and £200bn-worth of property from flooding until the end of the century.

Over 700 seals were spotted in the Thames Estuary in a count by conservationists

Seal count discovers over 700 in Thames Estuary

Over 700 seals have been counted in the Thames Estuary after the first ever count by land, air and sea.

Postcard from... Rome

Thames Water's tunnel vision is put out to tender

Thames Water has fired the starting pistol on the race to select builders for up to £1.6bn of contracts to construct the biggest tunnelling project in the UK water industry's history – the super sewer project under the River Thames.

After 150 years the truth: Scotland invented football

As Wembley prepares to host the Auld Enemy once again with a friendly for the FA's anniversary, it is time Patrick Barclay put the record straight

'Open season on ethnic minorities': Government accused over illegal traveller site crackdown

Politicians have been accused of sparking an “open season on ethnic minorities” after the Government issued new guidelines to tackle illegal traveller sites.

Third suspect arrested over rape of 12-year-old in London

Two others have already been arrested

Book of a lifetime: Three Men in a Boat, By Jerome K Jerome

Three Men in a Boat is the book I've read more times than any other. I keep returning to it, but not out of choice. It's more of a compulsion, a sudden urge whenever I'm in need of a dose of humanity and laugh-out-loud humour.

Ex-England footballer Paul Gascoigne charged with two counts of common assault

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been charged with being drunk and disorderly and two counts of common assault in connection with an incident at Stevenage railway station, Hertfordshire, on 4 July, British Transport Police have confirmed.

Police appeal for witnesses after sunbathing woman is sexually assaulted in London park

Woman had fallen asleep while listening to music with her headphones on and was awoken by the attack

What's your vector, Victor? A young pilot takes the controls of an Airbus A380

Simon Calder: Touch down at London's new draw

The man who pays his way

CAA to tighten air-lease rules safety

British carriers who rent foreign planes in busy periods are likely to face tougher safety checks

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International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
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Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

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Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
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BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

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Car hacking scandal

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