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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.

Search ends for missing crew member

A search for a crew member missing after a tug capsized and sank on the River Thames in London was called off tonight as marine accident experts began an investigation into the accident.

Milly Dowler 'murder scene' steam-cleaned

A flat where schoolgirl Milly Dowler is alleged to have been killed was repainted and steam-cleaned before police became suspicious, the Old Bailey heard today.

Milly's mother breaks down in court

The mother of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler broke down after being questioned about her daughter's last few days.

Arcus buys Forth Ports for £760m

Forth Ports has accepted a £760m bid from Arcus, the infrastructure investor, ending a year-long pursuit of Britain's last listed ports group.

Pciture of the day: A clean-up for banks of the Thames

Hundreds of volunteers give the banks of the Thames in west London a deep clean yesterday, to mark the lowest daytime tides of 2011.

Video: CCTV of Thames rescue released

PC George Alleway doesn't believe he did anything out of the ordinary after CCTV was released showing him saving a man from the Thames.

Skeleton of Thames whale goes on show

Laid bare, the remains of a beast that captivated a nation one dark winter.

Family devastated by music executive's boat death

The family of a senior music executive are "devestated" after he died when a boat carrying six passengers capsized.

Body found after boat capsizes on Thames

Police divers searching for two missing men after a boat carrying six passengers capsized have found a body, police said.

Renold is back in the money

A company whose products are found in Big Ben's clock tower and the Thames Barrier has returned a half-year profit for the first time in two years.

Nature Club: From badgers to blackberries, readers report on their recent wildlife highlights

A family of badgers – two adults and three young – visit my garden. I've taken pictures, but they are so shy they disappear at the slightest sound. The female is the one with the mottled nose. When badgers fight, they often grab their opponent's nose and bite. The pinkish colouring is scar tissue from battles.

Staines considers name change to shed comedy connection

A town is considering a change of name in a bid to shake off links with the comedy character Ali G, local councillors said today.

Thames: The tale that the river told

Fifty years ago, it was biologically dead. In 2010, the Thames is in rude health. It's a transformation with huge implications, says Alice-Azania Jarvis

AA warns over speed cameras

Lives will be put at risk if councils scrap speed cameras, the AA warns. A recent switch-off of cameras in the Thames Valley area alarmed residents and there now appeared to be a "road safety policy void", the motoring group said.

'Walls of fat' removed from London's sewers

Enough fat to fill nine double-decker buses is being removed from sewers under London's Leicester Square.

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