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The National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a portrait of Tony Blair by Alastair Adams

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Review: Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, By Sebastian Faulks

What’s the point of this book? If it’s to introduce a new generation to the joys of P G Wodehouse’s most famous creations, then just sling one of the originals at them. If it’s a tribute to the Jeeves and Wooster writer then it’s a rather feeble one, to be honest. Faulks states in his Author’s Note that he doesn’t want to imitate or satirise, but Jeeves and the Wedding Bells certainly does imitate and verges on spoofing Wodehouse’s work at times.

Richard Benyon, Conservative MP

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Paperback review: Collected Ghost Storie, By M R JAmes

James’s ghost stories are almost like Hammer horror films in their status and predictability: we know too much now of the genre to be surprised by what happens in any of them, but that doesn’t lessen the pleasure of reading them.

Deals of the week - Paris, Essaouira, Norwegian coast

Less than £200... Cresta has a trip to Paris, just before Christmas, when the city will be at its festive best. The price of £165pp includes Eurostar from London St Pancras on 13 December with three nights' B&B accommodation at the Ambassade Hotel. Crestaholidays.co.uk

The Big Six: Beach retreats in Vietnam

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Thark at the Park Theatre, London

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Thanks to Feydeau and his followers, we tend to think of farce as the most sex-fuelled of genres, full of randy bourgeois types, bent on bedding one another, who desperately struggle to keep up a front of respectability as the frenzy mounts and their reputations disintegrate with a hurtling, remorseless logic. The improprieties are a good deal less priapic and the pace considerably gentler in the work of Ben Travers, whose 1927 Aldwych farce is now engagingly revived at the Park Theatre by Eleanor Rhode for Snapdragon Productions in Clive Francis's new adaptation. 

Murdered Briton Neil Heywood

Bo Xilai trial hears for first time why British businessman Neil Heywood was targeted

Testimony given during former Communist Party chief’s trial reveals why his wife murdered Neil Heywood

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Stay the night: Anna's House, Zakynthos

This stylish villa offers the privacy of home, plus easy access to watersports and restaurants, finds James Litston

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