From Alaa Al Aswany to Ruth Hogan, Haruki Murakami and Rosalie Knecht: This week’s best new fiction 

From Alaa Al Aswany’s searing account to Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan, a semi-surreal collection by Haruki Murakami and Rosalie Knecht’s latest, this week’s best new fiction By Max Davidson and Eithne Farry and Anthony Gardner and John Williams Published: 22:01 BST, 10 April 2021 | Updated: 22:01 BST, 10 April 2021 The Republic Of … Read more

EU has fanned flames of division in Northern Ireland, says historian RUTH DUDLEY EDWARDS

I love Northern Ireland and most of its people, and find it heartbreaking to see the province in the news today not in commemoration of its centenary year but once again because of vicious communal violence. The law-abiding majority feel betrayed, and a new generation of young people is being encouraged by criminals to run … Read more

RUTH SUNDERLAND: Will end of virus hail baby bounce-back?

RUTH SUNDERLAND: Might there be a baby bounce-back when the coronavirus is vanquished? Let’s hope so for all our sakes Deaths from Covid have taken a grim toll, with 2.8million fatalities worldwide  But the more profound demographic – and economic – effect is likely to come from births, or rather the lack of them  We … Read more

RUTH SUNDERLAND: Why steel is still worth saving

Tottering steel magnate Sanjeev Gupta vowed yesterday that no UK steel plants will close on his watch. His resolve is commendable, but his options are limited. The problem for Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng and the Government is what to do about Gupta’s Liberty Steel plants. Kwarteng has already – quite rightly – turned down a … Read more

RUTH SUNDERLAND: This float on the stock market was a big fat Flopperoo 

Deliveroo’s float on the London stock market was one of the City’s most eagerly-awaited events. Investors had hoped shares would soar – but instead watched them plunge by a stomach-churning 30 per cent when trading began. They recovered a little, but the firm’s stock market debut was, in truth, nothing more than a big fat … Read more

RUTH SUNDERLAND: Britons can splurge without guilt when lockdown lifts

The packed scenes in parks and the latest data on GDP tell us the same thing: there is a huge amount of pent-up demand in the economy. People are desperate to get their pre-Covid lives back and they will be spending in pubs, restaurants and shops the minute they are allowed. Many can afford to … Read more

RUTH SUNDERLAND: Oxford Nanopore’s float puts Deliveroo’s in the shade  

Compare and contrast. Two high-profile floats in London: one a takeaway food business, shunned by several big investors because of its reliance on gig economy riders, the other an Oxford University spinout run by super-brains in lab coats. The cultural gulf could not be wider between Deliveroo and Oxford Nanopore, the biotech business that yesterday … Read more

Ruth Langsford, 70, reveals she was sexually assaulted aged 11 in London

‘I was flashed, followed and a man put his hand up my skirt’: Ruth Langsford, 70, reveals she was sexually assaulted as an 11-year-old schoolgirl in London By Amie Gordon For Mailonline Published: 10:48 BST, 30 March 2021 | Updated: 10:54 BST, 30 March 2021 Ruth Langsford has revealed she was sexually assaulted repeatedly as … Read more

RUTH SUNDERLAND: Deliveroo serves up trouble

RUTH SUNDERLAND: Why are fund managers singling out Deliveroo while investing in other companies engaging in questionable behaviour? How fascinating that some of the UK’s leading investors have succumbed to a fit of pearl-clutching over Deliveroo’s employment practices  Top fund managers, including Aviva, M&G and Legal & General, are shunning the float  This sudden concern … Read more

Ruth Langsford poses with her beloved mother Joan as she pays another visit to her care home

Ruth Langsford shared her joy at being able to visit her mother Joan in her care home once again on Tuesday . The Loose Women star, 60, was left in tears of happiness last week after finally reuniting with her beloved parent, 88, after Covid-19 restrictions kept them apart for a year. And Ruth was … Read more