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Dear Mrs Bird

• <b>Author:</b> AJ Pearce<p><b>THE DEBUT SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER</b><p><b>'Funny, fresh, and touching, Dear Mrs. Bird is a treat of a read.' ANNIE BARROWS, author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society</b><p><b>'The sweetest, most uplifting, lovely book about courage, friendship, love . . . It'll be huge; it</b> …

No Further Questions

• <b>Author:</b> Gillian McAllister<p>The stunning new thriller from the <i>Sunday Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Everything but the Truth</i> and <i>Anything You Do Say</i><p><b>The police say she's guilty.</b><b><br>She insists she's innocent.</b><p><b>She's your sister.</b><b><br>You loved her.</b><b><br>You trusted her.</b><b><br>But they say she killed your child.</b><p><b>Who do you …

The stylish market town making north Norfolk cool

You may be surprised to learn that the discreet charm of north Norfolk is becoming ever more popular and ever more upmarket.<p>Burnham Market’s pulling power has long been more Chelsea-chic than country hideaway and, on the coast, Blakeney is facing stiff competition for its seaside crown from …

Courgette fritters and summer squash recipes

Now is the courgette’s time to shine. Summer squashes, in colours from pale mint green to bumblebee yellow fill the greengrocers. It’s the moment to reach over your run-of-the-mill green courgette for the likes of scallop-edged patty pans, which I’ve been roasting whole with a hint of sweet and a …

Recipes

Britain's 25 best spring walks

Now that it has finally arrived, the exuberance of spring is impossible to ignore. And for fair-weather walkers, brushing cobwebs off boots and searching out walking poles, it’s like a love affair renewed. Spring walking is a welcome assault on the senses – warmth, light and colour replacing the …

If you want to be smarter, build in an hour of daily contemplation

The word “genius” is one of the most misused terms in history.<p>While it’s often referenced accurately, the connotation that we commonly associate with it diverges away from the truth.<p>We correctly label intellectual brilliance and creative power as genius—and we should—but it’s about time we stopped …

Creativity

I quit shopping in 2017 – this is why I'm keeping it up

It was New Year’s Eve, 2016, half an hour before midnight, when I last bought myself something to wear. Like many parents of little kids, I wasn’t …

The best multi-room speakers to buy

Sound lovers and audiophiles have long tried to get the very best sound set up. For a full experience, setting up multi-room speakers can be a great way to get immersive sound throughout your home.<p>But building a multi-room audio experience can be intimidating, not to mention expensive. While there …

The Sunshine Sisters

• <b>Author:</b> Jane Green<p><b>The Sunshine Girls is a moving story of love, loss and family by the bestselling author of Falling, Jane Green.</b><p><b>'Jane Green's best yet. I raced through this' Jojo Moyes, bestselling author of Still Me</b><p>It was never easy, being one of Ronni Sunshine’s daughters. Publicly, she is the …

Charlie Gard's parents plan charitable foundation in his memory

For the parents of Charlie Gard, the harrowing and exhausting anguish they have endured must seem never ending. In the next few days and weeks, Connie Yates and Chris Gard face yet more emotional challenges as they try to come to terms with the loss of their 11-month old son.<p>The couple, described …

Empathy

Can anyone actually afford to retire at 40?

Early retirement is a dream and aspiration for millions. An escape from the grind. Freedom.<p>And now, a programme on Channel 4 purports to hold the key. How to Retire at 40 aired last week and promised to reveal the secrets of those lucky people who had made the leap.<p>And it looked so effortless. Take …

Pension savers 'missing out on top-ups'

<b>Workers are missing out on pension top-ups from their employers by only saving at a minimum level, research suggests.</b><p>Many larger firms offer to "match" additional pension saving by their employees, by adding a contribution when workers save more.<p>But insurer Royal London said that many workers were …

The best budget hotels in Prague

An insider's guide to the top cheap places to stay in Prague, including the best for extensive breakfasts, spacious bedrooms, imaginative design touches and local artwork, in locations near Old Town Square, Prague’s New Town, Wenceslas Square and the Mala Strana district.<p>Fusion Hotel<p>Prague, Czech …

10 British drives you must tackle in your lifetime

How better to celebrate the arrival of summer than to dust off your satnav or road atlas, plot a winding route (packing an overnight bag just in case) and head for some of the most beautiful scenery the British Isles has to offer? June is the best month for sightseeing, when tourists aren’t yet out …

Could art classes be the new book clubs?

“Wow, that’s brilliant,” exclaims a tourist, cooing over my boyfriend’s easel, as we stand side-by-side painting the view outside’s Mayfair’s Connaught hotel. “You’ve captured the tones, the mood, the energy. Look at those light-dappled trees!”<p>He turns to my canvas. “And this…” The statement hangs …

Cannabis could help treat epilepsy in children

Cannabis could hold the key to treating epilepsy in children, according to new research.<p>The cannabis derivative cannabidiol was found to cut the frequency of seizures by 39 per cent for patients with Dravet syndrome - a rare, severe form of epilepsy - in the first large-scale clinical trial for the …

Why do so few women invest?

Fewer women invest than men. But, given that they live longer, their need for a healthy pot of retirement savings is greater. Women also earn less over their lifetime.<p>The combination of having less disposable income to save, failing to put their money to work in assets that can beat cash savings …

How this Isa millionaire beat Warren Buffett to earn a six-figure income for life (tax-free)

Amassing a multi-million pound investment portfolio is a great achievement.<p>Managing to build it up within Isas – where no further tax will fall due on capital gains or income – is an achievement of an altogether different magnitude.<p><i>Reader Service: Manage your investment portfolio the easy way with</i> …

30 easy upgrades for your garden

Have you fallen out of love with your garden? If the autumn tidy-up never happened and you’re feeling uncomfortable about inviting friends around as the weather warms up, now is the time to take action.<p>There are so many easy ways you can update your outside space without the upheaval or expense of …

Inside Moor Hall, Lancashire: "A temple of gastronomy"

Just opened, Moor Hall is billed as a restaurant with rooms. In the past, these were humble affairs, a showcase for the skills of a chef/patron, with a few rooms tacked on. Times have changed. Wealthy individuals, attracted by the hospitality business, are now appearing on the scene, keen to back …

'Was I right to swap my pension for £1m?'

Savers risk being caught up in a mis-selling scandal over “final salary” pension transfers, experts warn.<p>There has been a surge in “transfers out” of final salary (also known as “defined benefit”) schemes since April 2015.<p>The transfers are generally undertaken in order to give savers greater …

Grandparents miss out on tax credits that could boost state pension

Little-known scheme could put thousands of pounds back into pensions of grandparents who take time off work to look after grandchildren under 12<p>As many as 100,000 grandparents are missing out on national insurance credits that could boost their state pension by thousands of pounds over the course …

Retirement

How to beat Blue Monday

Today, Britons are experiencing the bleakest day of the year: Blue Monday, so named for its potent combination of cold nights and post-Christmas melancholy.<p>It’s tempting to indulge ourselves in this nationally recognised downward spiral, but it’s more important to focus on how to make the day - or, …

The Great British Paint Off? BBC show looks for the nation's best amateur artist

It is a BBC One contest featuring a bunch of talented amateurs showing off their creative efforts in a series of technical challenges. Just don’t call it The Great British Paint Off.<p>The BBC hopes to fill the void left by the departure of The Great British Bake Off with The Big Painting Challenge, a …

Five steps to pension perfection in 2017

The last thing anyone needs is another list of worthy resolutions where the chances of success are at best remote.<p>So what follows is different. These are five, one-hit measures through which you can save tax, boost returns and put your pension on track to last longer and generate greater …

23 habits that psychologists have linked with happiness

It's the little things.<p>Some habits just seem to have the power to lift your spirits.<p>Whether it's taking a few minutes to dive deep into your …

How to declutter your wardrobe

There’s nothing like the prospect of a shiny New Year to make you feel like clearing out your wardrobe. Get rid of those bobbled jumpers, ill-fitting jeans and never-worn-it, fleeting trends and make way for a fresh, new start in which you promise to maintain order, look after your clothes properly …

'We have inherited £300,000 - should we invest in buy-to-let?'

<i>My wife has inherited £300,000 and we are wondering what we can do with it.</i><p><i>I'm retired with a decent pension and my wife works part time. We're lucky enough to have paid off our mortgage.</i><p><i>Our main priority is keeping it safe as we know the Financial Services Compensation Scheme only protects</i> …

Finance

50 money-saving tips to make you richer

Money Mail was launched 50 years ago today to help families make their cash work harder. To celebrate we've compiled 50 of our favourite tips and …

As cash Isas leave savers despairing, it could be worth taking a chance

With the Bank of England base rate at a record low and the outlook poor, we look at places where your money could earn more – if you accept risk<p>The past few years have been a grim time for savers. After the Bank of England cut its base rate last month to a record low, anyone hoping to earn from …