Jonathan Stroud: ‘Traumatise my young readers? Most children welcome darkness’
The Lockwood and Co novelist talks about ‘making up’ history, the pressures on freedom of expression – and why Britons love ghosts
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Sport news: Bielsa has ‘reservations’ about Everton job
Everton face a fight to convince Marcelo Bielsa to replace Frank Lampard after the Argentine expressed reservations about moving to Goodison Park. Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s succession plan has hit an immediate stumbling block with Bielsa unsure if it is the right move for his career. Chris Bascombe reports that Moshiri has made Bielsa his top target and is eager to convince the 67-year-old he can save Everton from relegation. But there was never any guarantee Bielsa would be lured to Merseyside, especially after scrutinising the quality of Everton’s squad.
Film | Sean Connery’s dark night of the soul: how The Offence took Bond into the abyss
Health | Here’s how many daily calories Britons need to cut to curb the obesity crisis – and how to do it
Books | How an anti-Semitic ‘fake news’ conspiracy drove mass murder in Franco’s Spain
Business news: Government debt hits 99.5pc of GDP
Energy bill support schemes and soaring debt interest payments pushed up public borrowing to its highest ever December level, official figures show. Szu Ping Chan writes that this helped to push up the UK’s debt share to almost the annual size of the economy, which stood at 99.5pc of gross domestic product (GDP) – the highest share since the 1960s. The Government borrowed a record £27.4bn in December 2022 to plug the gap between tax receipts and public spending, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
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The last-minute half-term holidays you thought had sold out | Of all the half terms, February surely offers the most interesting variety of family holidays. Sure, the British weather is not at its best. But it’s the peak month for skiing and the first signs of spring in the Med make this a great time for outdoor activities. It’s not too late to squeeze in a February break, and you might be surprised at what’s still on offer.
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Decades of working on fashion magazines taught me an invaluable lesson – how to outfit plan | Think of it as batch-cooking, but for clothes. Some people spend their Sundays prepping a load of casseroles they can pull out of the freezer for a speedy weeknight meal. But for almost a year now, Jo Elvin has spent about an hour every Sunday prepping her outfits for the week ahead.
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