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The 100 best novels: No 65 – The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)

I began this series with the suggestion that the enduring classics of English and American fiction were novels written either from a burning need for self-expression, often in extremis (<i>Pilgrim’s Progress</i>), or from a passionate desire to entertain an audience with bravura storytelling (<i>Tom Jones</i>). …

Top 10 films of 2014: complete UK chart

10. Mr Turner<p>“Ultramarine’s gone up to a guinea a bladder!” cries William “Daddy” Turner. “Gawd, strewth, that brigand’s still robbing us!” responds his son in Covent Garden cockney, who happens to be the famous painter JMW Turner. Any apprehension that Mike Leigh’s biopic of Turner will descend …

Top 10 films of 2014: complete US chart

10. The Lego Movie<p>What we say: Everything is awesome. And forever compromised. The Lego Movie is a $60m (£38m) advert that’s clever, smart and extremely funny. It’s marketing as art, art as commerce, and commerce as fun. It’s also an attack on corporate mono-culture. And a deconstruction of stupid …

UK's new 12-sided £1 said to be the world's most secure coin

The UK is planning to introduce a new 12-sided £1 coin that it says will be the hardest in the world to fake. Pending approval, the dodecagonal prism will replace the current cylindrical design, and will feature a number of security measures to prevent counterfeiting. The Royal Mint, a …

'Flappy Bird' Creator Says He's Taking The Game Down

In a bizarre turn of events, the Vietnamese creator of the maddeningly difficult #1 Android and Apple iOS game Flappy Bird is saying that he’s taking the game down within the next day.<p>Developer Dong Nguyen announced the decision on Twitter just a few hours ago:<p><i>“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22</i> …