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

The 10 best new history books

The best writers can bring the past to life in vivid detail – whether the subject is the Cold War or the Cavaliers. Any of these tomes is worthy of shelf space.

{1} CHARBONNEL ET WALKER
MARC DE CHAMPAGNE<br/>
Velvet milk chocolate on the
outside, Marc de Champagne truffles on the inside – what’s not to like about this egg
from royal chocolatier
Charbonnel et Walker?.<br/>
£12, charbonnel.co.uk

The 10 best Easter eggs

It's time to get cracking, and whether it's a Marc de Champagne core or a moreish milk-chocolate shell you’re after, we’ve got the treat to tickle your taste buds.

Caught &amp; Social: Readers in the frame for today&rsquo;s photo gallery

Those who were lucky enough to get their hands on tickets to the i party, were treated to an evening in front of the beautiful art which was on show at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park.
1. Tumi<br/> The graffiti work of urban artist John 'Crash' has travelled from New York subway trains to top galleries worldwide. This super cool luggage is the culmination of his new partnership with top luggage designer Tumi. <br/> From £445, tumi.com

The 10 best suitcases

Whether you’re planning a short city break, a cheap and cheerful week away or a family fortnight in the sun, we have the perfect luggage for your travels...

{1} SHAUN THE SHEEP – THE COMPLETE FIRST SERIES<br/> From the Oscar-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit, this sheep-slanted spin-off follows Shaun’s efforts to incite rural rebellion and evade naughty sheepdog, Bitzer.<br/> £9.99, play.com

The 10 best children's DVDs

We're not suggesting that you park the little ones in front of a screen for the entire Easter holidays, but these box sets are great for a little downtime...

Neutral territory: The new fail-safe basics

Whether you mix them or match them, you can't go wrong with navy and camel...

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FLYMO:<br/> Flymo's Micro Lite is tiny, light and basic but does the job on smaller lawns quickly and efficiently, even on damp grass.<br/> £49.99, sainsburys.co.uk

The 10 best lawnmowers

Whether you are aiming for a perfect bowling green or cultivating a tiny patch of grass, we’ve got the top trimming machines for the job...

Ken Currie 'Immortality' - picture preview

The work of Ken Currie is both provocative and harrowing. Known for scrutinising the human condition, Currie pushes the boundaries of contemporary art, depicting a complex and sometimes apocalyptic world.









IN CASE OF EMERGENCY BREAK GLASS:<br/> We all need an emergency fund at some point or other, so why not get this quirky penny safe, which can be attached to the wall like a fire alarm. Only one snag - you'll have to smash it when you're short of cash.<br/> £9, redcandy.co.uk

The 10 best money boxes

If you want to make saving more fun, you can pop your pennies into a piggy bank, a cash machine, an arcade game, a crafty kitten, a globe, or even a Dalek...

The 10 best picnic hampers

If the forecasts are right, we're heading for a sunny spring. So get yourself to the park – with some provisions. Feast your eyes on these al fresco foodie sets.

The 10 best herbal teas

Putting on a brew is all the more tempting when your tea offers benefits beyond just quenching your thirst. Choose from these fragrant leaves...

The ten best dressing tables

Get ready for the day ahead the smart way. Whether it’s an Art Deco design classic or a simple modern style, this selection is beautiful in itself...

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The Liberty Bell, By Gary B Nash

Though two million pay homage to this fissured symbol every year, the Liberty Bell is little known in this country. If we know it at all, we tend to claim that it was "cast in Whitechapel".

The ten best Mother's Day gifts

Mums deserve more than forecourt flowers or cheapo chocolates. Choose from this elegant selection of presents to impress the most important woman in your life...

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Deborah Ross: Embarrassing bodies must be hard work

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003