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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.

Sirena Seaways ferry left nearly 500 passengers stranded for three hours after crash at major British port in Essex

The 489 passengers above the Sirena Seaways ferry were left stranded for three hours as rescue officials worked to safely re-dock it.

Jessica Judd ready to make the grade in Gateshead

Ten months on from the glorious high of Super Saturday at London 2012, British athletics is getting ready to savour the feelgood factor on home ground once again.

RAC data finds 800 more people would be killed or seriously injured each year without cameras

Speed cameras: The right's blind spot

Speeding drivers kill or seriously injure twice as many people a year as drug misuse - but the right refuses to face the problem

Speed cameras slash road deaths by more than a quarter, study finds

RAC data finds 800 more people would be killed or seriously injured each year without cameras

London flood defence project has engineers gearing up to bid

The country's biggest firms are keen to pitch for Thames Estuary 2100, a plan to protect the capital until the end of the century
The Queen Elizabeth II bridge linking Essex and Kent across the Thames

£5bn price tag for Thames crossing planned to relieve QEII bridge

One option would pass through undeveloped land that is designated as Green Belt

Darling: 'The problem we have got is a lack of confidence'

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling warns of a decade in the economic doldrums

'Look at what happened in Japan. The problem we have got is a lack of confidence'

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InterContinental Westminster has teamed up with Paula Radcliffe to offer guests running maps. There are routes in St James's Park, along the Thames and around Westminster (ihg.com).

Axa warns of house market ruin

Insurance boss claims many homes will be 'unsellable' if ministers fail to agree flood deal

The Boat Race: Oxford honours are enough to get Light Blues' goat

Oxford won the 159th Boat Race yesterday by a length and a third, closing the gap on Cambridge in the head-to-head tally, which now stands at 81 wins to 77 in Cambridge's favour. In distinctly wintry conditions, the Oxford crew took control early on, eventually winning by four seconds in 17:28 – the quickest time since 2009.

The Oxford crew look on as protester Trenton Oldfield swims in the water

Rowing: Boat Race calls in the Marines to prevent any more protests

Service boats will patrol Thames as review of last year's chaos prompts greater security presence

Dead whale found floating in the Thames Estuary 'will be examined'

A 36ft long humpback whale found dead in the Thames Estuary this morning is being examined after being brought to shore.

Fears grow for London port project

Big names slow to commit to the logistics park at heart of £1.5bn London Gateway superport

Labour will win 2015 general election, says Ashcroft poll

Study finds Labour would gain 109 seats, taking them to a total of 367 MPs and giving them a majority of 84

Seven men in court on child sex charges

Seven men were due to appear in court today charged with a range of offences against a 14-year-old girl including rape, attempted rape and human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

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