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Something strange happened while I was watching the new series of US legal drama The Good Wife (More4) this week. I found myself humming the theme tune from Australian soap opera Home and Away. It was my unconscious mind's way of serenading new addition to the cast, Melissa George.

Phil Mickelson marches on to the 15th hole during his third round of 66 yesterday

Mickelson awaits as McIlroy falls apart

Home favourite looks poised to pose in fourth Green Jacket after young pretender finds demons chasing him around the National course again

A view of the central port of Gothenburg in the evening

Gothenburg: Bright and beautiful in West Sweden

With a blockbuster exhibition of modern art coming to town, Steve Vickers sets off on an cultural circuit of Gothenburg

Easy Money, By Jens Lapidus

If you're having withdrawal symptoms after Henning Mankell wrote finis to the chronicles of Kurt Wallander, remember that it's possible to take alternative journeys down the mean streets of Swedish cities. If you're hardy enough to tackle crime narratives drenched in vitriol, grit your teeth and tackle Jens Lapidus's lacerating Stockholm Noir trilogy: Easy Money is the first volume. Lapidus paints a more cosmopolitan canvas than other writers – not to mention employing a far grimmer and more nihilistic use of the genre, with nary a comforting Swedish copper in sight.

Ischgl in Austria has seen heavy snowfall
Crime wave: Rooney Mara in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction, By Barry Forshaw

It seems implausible. For his guide to crime fiction, Barry Forshaw set himself the task of cataloguing and analysing some 200 books by over 70 authors while at the same time delivering helpful insights into the national character of five countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. To make things harder still, he interviewed a selection of authors, translators, commissioning editors and academics, and included lengthy extracts.

Judy Murray is leading the current team

Great Britain to face Sweden in Fed Cup

Great Britain have been drawn away to Sweden in the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on April 21-22.

The Brothers, By Asko Sahlberg (trs by Emily and
Fleur Jeremiah)

Brooding, darkand intense – as you'd expect

Top of the table: Noma’s René Redzepi

Let Noma guide you to the best food in Copenhagen

The Danes have a venerable food culture that dates back centuries. But it wasn't until 2004 and the formulation of the Manifesto for the New Nordic Kitchen by Claus Meyer, René Redzepi and other Nordic chefs, that the country, and in particular Copenhagen, became a bona fide destination for gastronomic tourists.

Foden fires to cut Quins down to size

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Video: Humans raise polar bear cub

After becoming an internet sensation, Siku - the baby polar bear taken into care because his mother couldn't produce enough milk to feed him - found a new home in Denmark this week.

Bauble wreath

Page-turners: If it's not death, it's Life, in this year's best commercial reads

Books Of The Year: This year's crop of top-selling fiction stars heroes, villains – and even bankers – in stories that will have you reading until the fire burns down

Common thread: Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison offer 55 patterns in their book 'because after 55 is when we decided to stop'

A pair of knit wits: Arne & Carlos are bringing their Christmas kitsch to Britain

The duo left their native Norway in stitches with their folksy baubles.

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