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Mass destruction: the aftermath of the Boston bombing on 15 April 2013

Shortly after lunch on 15 April, 2013, Patriots Day in Massachusetts, a bomb went off at the Boston marathon, killing three bystanders and blowing the limbs off another 16.

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Multi-talented: Meera Syal

How would an artist portray Meera Syal? Perhaps figuratively, as Durga, the Hindu Goddess with many arms carrying flowers, conches and weapons, strong yet susceptible, mischievous, wise and womanly.

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After the injunction translations of Rhodes' memoir were put on hold

James Rhodes’s memoir arrives out of a maelstrom of pre-publication controversy: his ex-wife tried to stop Instrumental from being published; a court lifted an injunction last week and the pianist has justified his reasons for writing it.

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Promenading: the latest novel by Milan Kundera takes in the summer in Paris

If you ever need to define Kunderaesque in a hurry, you could do worse than pick up The Festival of Insignificance, Milan Kundera's long-awaited 10th novel and his first for 14 years.

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Michael Bloch's publishers did well to get Matthew Parris to give his imprimatur to this book. It could easily have been a sleazy parade of salacious innuendo but, as Parris writes in his Foreword, it absolutely isn't. Bloch is a scrupulous historian who wrote an excellent biography of Jeremy Thorpe and has now extrapolated from Thorpe to look at around 50 more politicians of the last century who led similarly double lives.

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Masterwork: A portrait of Dante Alighieri c1300
Why is Dante still relevant? Because all life burns in the pages of the Divine Comedy, argues Ian Thomson
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All style, no substance: Author Polly Vernon
Vernon's unabashed confidence is the most feminist element
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German soldiers advance into Belgium in 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge
Beevor's book is written with all the aplomb you would expect
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Adult issues: Author Judy Blume
Judy Blume finally draws on her own teen experiences – and it was worth the wait, finds Lucy Scholes
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The man behind Big Society': David Cameron with Steve Hilton
David Cameron's former adviser has some sensible ideas - beneath his book's bluster
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To translate or not to translate? Allama Iqbal, known as Pakistan's national poet, remains little known in the West
Outside regional hero worship, few non-academics have heard of Pakistan's national poet
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Late rally: Roger Federer's later career is the focus of Skidelsky's studies
Genius tennis-playing collides with a personal tale – with mixed results
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Story teller: the beauty of Galway, Ireland
From All Over Ireland to Your Father Sends His Love
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Olen Butler says: 'I am the love child of Christopher Marlowe Cobb and Don Quixote'
Olen Butler is the author of The Star of Istanbul
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Tmeless quality: Author Stella Gibbons
The book has a timeless quality that can't fail to amuse you, says Lesley Pearse
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Winston and Clementine Churchill outside 10 Downing Street on his 80th birthday in 1954
Churchill's wife has long been dismissed as nothing but chic. This biography tries to set the record straight
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Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat and Blackberry Wine, wrote a blog post attacking the app and questioning its apparent 'strong Christian bias'

I was 16 when I first came across Lolita. I was a bookish adolescent, following a self-imposed curriculum of revolt, of which Lady Chatterley’s Lover had been the latest in a disappointing list of banned, obscene and unsuitable books. Someone must have told me not to read Lolita, because the next thing I knew I was under the spell of a love story that, 50 years after its publication, still causes such controversy that subversive young readers everywhere will, I hope, be drawn in.

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Sissay says: 'I write all over the place. This past six months I've used Starbucks in Angel to write but the best room is the third floor of my apartment'
Sissay will be performing at the Bradford Literature Festival
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High spirits: 'Conviviality at Bob Sawyer's: Three Men Enjoying a Drink' (c1836) by
Phiz from 'The Pickwick Papers'

The integrity of Charles Dickens is in question (again). This time, not over an illegitimate child with the mistress or the rapacious moneymaking, but over the claim that he stole key ideas for his first novel, The Pickwick Papers, from his illustrator, Robert Seymour, who committed suicide shortly after this alleged creative theft.

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Sense of joy: Oliver Sacks in Greenwich Village in 1961
Sacks' memoir is engaging, exciting, and inspiring
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Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010

GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival

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Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride

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Jesuthasan Antonythasan as Dheepan

FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head

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Måns Zelmerlöw performing

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Graham Norton was back in the commentating seat for Eurovision 2015

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Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May on stage

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The light stuff: Britt Robertson and George Clooney in ‘Tomorrowland: a World Beyond’
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Reawakening: can Jon Hamm’s Don Draper find enlightenment in the final ‘Mad Men’?
tv reviewNot quite, but it's an enlightening finale for Don Draper spoiler alert
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Breakfast Show’s Nick Grimshaw

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'Youth' cast members Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Michael Caine pose for photographers at Cannes Film Festival
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Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward and Robin in the 1960s Batman TV show

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I am flute: Azeem Ward and his now-famous instrument
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A glass act: Dr Chris van Tulleken (left) and twin Xand get set for their drinking challenge
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MIA perform at Lovebox 2014 in London Fields, Hackney

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Finnish punk band PKN hope to enter Eurovision 2015 and raise awareness for Down's Syndrome

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William Shakespeare on the cover of John Gerard's The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes

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Grayson Perry dedicates his Essex home to Julie

Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treat

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A scene from the original Swedish version of the sci-fi TV drama ‘Real Humans’
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