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Outlook WH Smith's Stephen Clarke, like Kate Swann before him, is to be commended. For if ever there was a high street chain that should exist no more, it was this.

Richard Ingrams’s Week: No one talks nonsense quite like a historian

Sir Martin Gilbert, the allegedly distinguished historian who is one of those appointed to investigate the Iraq war, has let it be known that one day in the future Bush and Blair might be seen in the same light as Roosevelt and Churchill. A good example of the rule that when it comes to talking nonsense it's hard to beat a historian.

Investment Column: WH Smith delivers some welcome news

Lonmin; Sports Direct International

Borders finds e-book too much of an odyssey

Borders UK is giving up on its first attempt to persuade Britons to buy electronic books after less than a year, because customers have baulked at the high price. The 51-store bookseller plans to sell a cheaper e-book reader in its stores after sales of the iLiad, which costs £399, failed to take off following a high-profile launch in May last year.

Celebrity memoirs: Black eyes and Rohypnol in the latest crop of tell-alls

Sometimes I envy the other contributors to these pages. They get to salute the heroes in their field, to bestow garlands upon the best and the finest that the bookshops of England can offer – and to acquire an armful of volumes that would grace the shelves of any reading person. I'm more like the Dynorod man. I roll up a sleeve, dip an arm into the slimy feculence of the celeb memoir business and yank out the ghost-written, self-indulgent, self-aggrandising effluvia of a ghastly gang of cash-randy showbiz egotists. I'd give it up – tell the editor to stuff it and give the gig to Marina Warner – if only I didn't like doing it so very much.

Brian Viner: Argh! It's Christmas card time again

If a card is all that’s keeping you in touch, at least use it to say something

WH Smith boosted by travellers' stores

A strong performance at its motorway, airport and station stores helped WH Smith report a 15 per cent hike in underlying full-year profits today.

Signing off: the weird world of book signings

A joyous union with readers, or marketing chore?

Market Report: Hays in the sights of Dutch recruiter Randstad

Bid speculation was evident around Hays, the FTSE 250-listed staffing group, which gained 6.59 per cent or 6p to 97p yesterday.

WH Smith pays out £90m but cautious

WH Smith is to return £90m to shareholders but warned yesterday that it remains cautious about consumer spending following a fall in sales over Christmas.

Another sacked minister holds on to his residence

* John "no jobs" Prescott is rightly ridiculed for clinging on to his salary, Jags, and grace-and-favour residence. But what of Labour's other fallen minister, Jack Straw?

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Songs from the bell jar

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End of the Aussie brain drain

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Can meditation be bad for you?

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