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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.

River rescue fails to save canoeist

A canoeist died after being pulled from a river in a resuce operation yesterday. The man, in his 30s, became trapped in debris in the River Arkle in the Yorkshire Dales.

You call this snow?: The Coldest Winters in British History

Snow, snow and more snow.  The latest weather forecasts predict the temperature in Britain won't rise much about 0 for the next week, making this the coldest winter the country has seen for some time. But as cold as the winter of 2013 is turning out, it's a beach holiday in the Bahamas compared to the British winters of yesteryear.

Crash site: the crane hit by a helicopter last week

Tall buildings and low flying do not mix

The helicopter accident in London is a warning

London helicopter crash will raise concern about flight rules far beyond Vauxhall

Londoners who live, work or commute close to the river may be startled to learn that the Thames is the capital’s thoroughfare for helicopters

Boris under fire after it is revealed that Thames cable car will cost £6m to run in first year

The £60m Thames cable car currently running in the Docklands is costing £500,000 a month to run TFL has said.

UK braced for yet more flooding with 76 serious flood warnings in place, including 13 in already-saturated Yorkshire

Majority of flood warnings in York and surrounding villages

An Ode to 2012

The year that royal diamond turned to Olympic gold

Flood warnings remain in place as Britain braces for another soaking

Torrential rain falling on already saturated ground saw a raft of flood warnings remain in place across Britain today.

Walkers beware: deluge makes 2012 the worst year for landslides

Another unwelcome record was entered for Britain’s year of climate misery today - it is the worst for landslides.

Man charged with east London murder

A man will appear in court tomorrow charged with stabbing a 50-year-old man to death in the street.

Free Shard tickets reserved for locals have been nabbed and put up for sale on eBay

Locals take dim view after free Shard tickets reserved for residents put on eBay

Locals hit the roof as outsiders lift free passes

IoS Books of the Year 2012: Cinema

Stars so famous that even Father Christmas wants their autographs

Anthony Hilton: Let's stop kicking up a stink over Thames Water and just build this tunnel

Complaining about Thames’s financial structure should not delay the whole project

Eight suspected members of sex abuse gang arrested in High Wycombe police raids

Thames Valley Police said the arrests came after a girl claimed to have been abused in the leafy Buckinghamshire town between 2007 and 2012

Oxford drug user treated for anthrax infection after injecting 'infected' heroin

A drug user has been taken to hospital with anthrax infection after injecting a suspected contaminated batch of heroin.

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