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

Clare Strand's sleight of hand

Photographer Clare Strand’s first UK solo exhibition Sleight is an array of visual trickery, conjuring and the absurd.

The 10 best garden tools

If the Chelsea Flower Show has got your green fingers twitching, then you’ll need good-quality kit such as this to tame your lawn and borders.

The 10 best learning toys

We all want to increase our little ones' development and brain power. With these ingenious and entertaining games they’ll hardly know it’s education.

Rain man: The best summer jackets for men

Whatever summer has in store, there's a jacket for every occasion...

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The 10 best can openers

The humble can opener doesn’t enjoy the same status in kitchen drawers as other, more glamorous, utensils. These stylish gizmos should help put an end to that...

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The 10 best candles

A new generation of scented treats offers everything from subtle and relaxing to strong and uplifting fragrances. Take your pick from this enlightened array...

Women: Unseen Schiele on display in UK

Nearly 50 works previously unseen in this country by provocative Austrian artist Egon Schiele go on show in London tomorrow.

The 10 best cushions

They're the point in your living room where comfort crosses over with creativity. These designs will give any two-bit sofa an injection of personality.

Artist returns books to tree form

'How many trees does it take to make a book?' is a commonly asked question. But artist Kylie Stillman has found out how many books it takes to make a tree.

The 10 best smart TVs

We’ve come a long way from remotes attached to your telly by a cord. These next-generation screens have everything from wi-fi to built-in Skype.

Bottled sunshine: The 12 best summer wines

From peachy whites to tangy sparklers and moreish reds, Anthony Rose chooses the 12 best wines for perfect, chilled-out, seasonal drinking...

The 10 best frying pans

It’s the quintessential British pan, but even if you’re more Heston services than Heston Blumenthal, a good fryer is a crucial bit of kitchen kit...

The Secret Language of Flowers - picture preview

An exhibition exploring the age-old motif of flowers in art opens at a gallery in London today.

The 10 best chutneys

Whether it’s for a saucy sandwich, serving with a cheeseboard or taking the the bite out of a fearsome curry, we’ve got the perfect pickled condiment for the job.

'Oliver' gets an acrobatic twist

A new film adaptation of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist which sees the orphan scale buildings and hop across the rooftops of London's most famous museums is sure to raise a few eyebrows among purists.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game