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Zoe Pilger reviews feminist artist Sarah Lucas's first major solo exhibition

Louis McNally's landscapes of Scotland - picture preview

Louis McNally’s paintings of the Scottish landscape, towns and coast have a distinctive quality, sometimes reminiscent of Victorian artists but undoubtedly contemporary in style and effect.

The 10 best rosé wines

Summer, if we get one, is the perfect time for a chilled glass of the pink stuff, so here’s our pick of the finest current vintage of rosés from around the world.

The 10 best mugs

Think any old receptacle for your tea and coffee will do? Think again. Here are some jaunty designs and clever features that make the humble cuppa a reat treat...

The Watts Gallery: A fitting makeover for a Victorian hero

TheWatts Gallery was neglected and shabby. Now a £11.5m refit has restored its former glory, says Virginia Ironside

The 10 best Father's day gifts

Whether he thinks socks rock or is handy with the brandy, show your dad you dote on him this Sunday with one of these perfect presents.

The 10 best bookcases

Shelving doesn’t have to be boring. These stylish storage options are design statements in their own right, and show the chic way to get your house in order...

The 10 best rock DVDs

The rockumentary is a growing genre in film – the most successful ones capture the thrills, spills and chaos that bands thrive on. Watch with a bottle of Jack...

The 10 best hairdryers

If your grooming regime extends further than just wash-and-go, then you need a powerful, versatile hairdryer, like one of these, to create your style in no time...

The 10 best barbecue tools

Summertime, and the scent of sizzling sausages fills the air. But outdoor cooks need helpful accessories to ensure the food is tasty and safe. Here is our pick.

Art moves from the corridors of power to the walls of Whitechapel

Some of the works have adorned the walls of Britain's corridors of power for more than a century, seen only in passing by a privileged few.

10 best children's audio books

Audio books can be just as engaging a way into a love of books as bedtime reading. From Paddington to Pooh, here are some of our favourites.

The 10 best bottled beers

Fill up your cooler-box and savour some of the world’s best beers – from crisp South American lagers to fruity English ales – with these top ten tipples.

The 10 best jewellery boxes

From cheap chic to luxury leather, keep all your delicate chains, pretty bracelets and chunky beads safe with one of these treasure chests.

The 10 best iPad accessories

If you're a gadget fan or need some bolt-ons to make your tablet do what you want, this rundown of desirable and versatile extras is worth tapping in to.

The 10 best picture frames

From recycled materials, to digital screens, to bling that could rival a royal tiara, there’s a frame style for everyone. Get the picture?

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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