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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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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...