How should authors transform autobiography into self-standing fiction? For Karl Ove Knausgaard, with A Man in Love (translated by Don Bartlett; Vintage, £8.99), this second volume in the Norwegian writer's acclaimed "My Struggle" series mines the everyday material of young fatherhood. Yet he converts it into a stunningly eloquent set of reflections on masculinity, domesticity and the artist's itch to escape.
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Tuesday 07 December 2010
Saga, the insurance, travel and publishing group specialising in the over 50s, yesterday bought Nestor Healthcare for £124m.
Sunday 05 December 2010
These global superstars from Tuva open their new album in the most sweetly authentic way: the soloist delivers a simple melody while the rest of the group provides a soft drone – it's a couple of minutes before we get a hint of their trademark throat-singing.
Thursday 02 December 2010
The coffin in which they buried Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of shooting President John F Kennedy, is to be sold at auction in Los Angeles, almost 50 years after the events that led to his untimely death.
Sunday 21 November 2010
The Nordic crime novel is now almost a genre in its own right. Arnaldur Indridason's latest Icelandic saga embodies many of the defining features: the dark atmosphere, the brooding, empty spaces, the long journeys and long-buried crimes, and the dogged, taciturn detective – topped off with ice and snow.
Friday 22 October 2010
Women will be the biggest losers from the rise in the state pension age. The age at which women can collect the state pension was supposed to rise gradually from 60 to 65 by 2020, but under the Coalition's plans it will rise further and faster. The state pension age for women will reach 65 by December 2018 and 66 by April 2020, bringing it in line with men.
Saturday 09 October 2010
Friday 10 September 2010
Pavel Ivanchenko's life begins in poverty and violence, selling illegal vodka on the streets of Kirgask to support his family. But by the end of the novel, he has reinvented himself as one of post-Glasnost's most influential plutocrats.
Sunday 05 September 2010
Monday 16 August 2010
The private-equity group behind the AA and Saga has suffered annual losses of £529m, following huge interest payments on its debt mountain.
Monday 09 August 2010
The French power giant GDF Suez is close to agreeing a takeover of its British rival International Power (IP), with an announcement as early as tomorrow.
Friday 23 July 2010
Two or three years away from the game is an eternity in the rapidly changing UK rap scene, but Klashnekoff storms back in formidable form on Back to the Sagas, outlining in the title-track, "Music Game" and "Soon Come" some of the reasons for his absence, a litany of disillusion with previous labels and business associates that sent him back to first principles.
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