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Between The Covers: 22/05/2011

Your guide to what's really going on in the world of books

Daughter of murdered family tried to call 999

An 18-year-old girl is thought to have made a desperate attempt to call police for help as she and her family were hacked to death in their home.

Royal Wedding boosted sales, but not for long

Economists urged "extreme caution" about reading too much into a strong rebound in retail sales last month, as chains were boosted by the hottest April on record, a glut of bank holidays and the Royal Wedding.

Hubert Parry - Royal appointment for a radical voice

Hubert Parry composed Jerusalem to support suffragettes not rouse patriots. Jessica Duchen uncovers a misunderstood man

April weather boosts retail sales

A winning combination of the royal wedding and warm weather triggered a bigger-than-expected surge in retail sales last month, official figures revealed today.

Leading article: Sweet smell of success

"A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose," Gertrude Stein famously said. But clearly she was omitting the acute accent on the e. For all rosé is not the same – not when it comes to the International Wine Challenge, at any rate. And we are not just talking about knowing your Tavel from your Mateus here. Those wine buffs will tell you that the best rosé comes not from Anjou or Provence, but from Dorking.

Château Dorking: how a vineyard in Surrey created the world's best rosé

Rosé is a wine created out of sun-blasted vineyards in the south of France, Spain or Italy, best drunk ice cold on a warm Mediterranean night. It is not a wine normally associated with Dorking, Surrey, in the London commuter belt, where a stiff gin and tonic is normally the drink of choice.

Business Diary: Krugman misses a world united

You know how older folk sometimes go all misty-eyed when they talk about how everyone pulled together during the War?

Remortgages up on interest rate fears

Remortgaging rose 16 per cent in March – 17 per cent over the year – as borrowers took out new home loans against a background of fears of an interest rate rise. Some 33,900 remortgage loans were taken out, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

King set to see term of office end with inflation still above target

British consumers face another two years of high inflation, weaker economic growth and a continuing struggle to maintain living standards, according to the Bank of England.

Radio 1 DJ Kissy Sell Out: 'Classical music is irrelevant to today's youth'

As he prepares to take part in a Cambridge Union debate with Stephen Fry, Radio 1 DJ Kissy Sell Out explains why classical music has had its day

Neil Warnock: 'The relief was unbelievable. The players were in tears'

QPR manager Neil Warnock gives an exclusive and emotional account of how the FA hearing that threatened their promotion affected the club

Activists battle police over right to protest

Anti-cuts campaigners are calling for an end to "political policing" as they launch a new movement backed by MPs, artists and activists to defend the rights of peaceful demonstrators across Britain.

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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