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Author Tom Clancy has died, aged 66

Tom Clancy: Bestselling author of The Hunt for Red October dead from undisclosed causes aged 66

Writer was a canny businessman who managed to turn himself into a brand, spawning successful film and video game franchises

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Reap what you sow: It's not as difficult as you think to grow peas and squash

One warm, still evening in mid-July I picked the first peas, the first cucumber and the first courgette. My husband was away sailing in the Shetlands. The booty was mine, all mine. I made fat batons of the cucumber and ate them, dipped in hummus, as I sat outside shelling the peas. In the fading light, the rooks sailed in overhead, hundreds of them, chattering, clattering, making for their roost in the alder trees below the house.

Video: Elmore Leonard

The writer Elmore Leonard, who died on Tuesday, has had a number of stories adapted for the big screen, as well as influencing Quentin Tarantino. Watch trailers for two such films, ‘3:10 To Yuma’ (2007 version) and ‘Jackie Brown’ - directed by Tarantino - below:

Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy, has directed the spin-off

Channel 4 wins fight to broadcast Avengers spin-off Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.

The US superhero series directed by Joss Whedon was the subject of a fierce bidding war

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Sam Neill runs away from dinosaurs in Jurassic Park III

The worst thing BuzzFeed’s ever done? Explaining Egypt, using only Jurassic Park Gifs

The website combines funny items with stories that actually matter

Tony Scott with his wife, Donna Wilson, and their children at the Los Angeles première of Unstoppable in 2010

Tony Scott's family rejects reports of terminal cancer

Mystery remains over why Top Gun director jumped off Los Angeles bridge

Marvel Avengers set to smash box-office records

Disney's new superhero film Marvel Avengers Assemble is on course to smash global cinema box-office records by grossing $1bn (£625 m) in just 19 days. The film has brought in over £40m in the UK, meaning that it could soon match last year's top-seller, The King's Speech, which generated £45m.

Mother and Child (15)

Starring: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Jimmy Smits

Heads Up: Rattigan's Nijinsky

The 'British Chekhov' leads audiences on a not-so-merry dance

Quentin Tarantino - The good, the bad and the movie geek

Quentin Tarantino has finished writing his script for a spaghetti Western. Can it ride high with the greats, or match his own career peaks? Geoffrey Macnab investigates

Air traffic controller watched film on duty

Another US air traffic controller has been suspended, this time for watching a film when he was supposed to be monitoring aircraft, the embattled Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Deep Blue Sea, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Misery's formula is depressingly straightforward. "A loves B, B doesn't love A," observes washed-up flying ace Freddie Page. Shallow, selfish, drunken, not even particularly good looking, Page's analysis of the situation is accurate if prosaic.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee