Jonathan Stroud: ‘Traumatize my young readers? Most children welcome darkness’
Lockwood and Co novelist talks about ‘making up’ history, pressure on free speech – and why Britons love ghosts
Read the interview
Sports news: Bielsa has ‘reserves’ about Everton course
Everton face a battle to convince Marcelo Bielsa to replace Frank Lampard after the Argentine expressed reservations about a move to Goodison Park. Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s succession plan hits an immediate stumbling block, with Bielsa unsure if it’s the right move for his career. Chris Bascombe reports Moshiri has made Bielsa his main target and he is eager to convince the 67-year-old he can save Everton from relegation. But there was never any guarantee that Bielsa would be lured to Merseyside, especially after scrutinizing the quality of Everton’s squad.
Movie | Sean Connery’s dark night of the soul: how The Offense brought 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 led to mass murder in Franco’s Spain
Business News: Government debt stands at 99.5 percent of GDP
Utility bill support schemes and skyrocketing interest payments pushed government borrowing to an all-time high in December, official figures show. Szu Ping Chan writes that this helped drive the UK’s debt share to nearly the annual size of the economy, which was 99.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) – the highest share since the 1960s. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the government borrowed a record £27.4bn in December 2022 to close the gap between tax revenue and government spending.
Tonight starts now
The last minute vacations you thought were sold out | Of all the half months, February certainly offers the most interesting variety of family holidays. Of course, the British weather is not at its best. But it’s prime month for skiing and the first signs of spring in the Mediterranean make this a great time for outdoor activities. It’s not too late to take a February break, and you might be surprised what’s still on offer.
Three things for you
And finally…for tonight’s downtime
Decades of working on fashion magazines has taught me an invaluable lesson: how to plan an outfit | Think of it like batch cooking, but for clothes. Some people spend their Sunday preparing a load of casseroles to pull out of the freezer for a quick weeknight meal. But since almost a year Joe Elvin spent about an hour every Sunday preparing her outfits for the week ahead.
If you would like to receive briefings like this by email twice a day, sign up for the Front Page newsletter here . Try it for two minute audio updates The briefing – on podcasts and smart speakers.