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Words Without Music by Philip Glass, book review: Songs in the key of modern life

Breve encounter: Philip Glass at work

When Philip Glass made ends meet behind the wheel of a New York taxi in the mid-1970s, "drivers were regularly getting killed".

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Totally potty: 'Alice in Wonderland' is full of strange scenes, such as the Mad Hatter’s tea party, as performed on the London stage in 1910

The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst; book review

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Behind the times: Nigel Farage yearns for the boozy long lunches and unregulated capitalism of a bygone era

At least he didn't call it his booky wook, but stealing the Mark of Stupid from the undemocrat Russell Brand tells us rather more than we need to know about Nigel Farage.

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Young Rebus: Author Ian Rankin

“Shakes, cold sweats, anxiety, dizziness –yes, it’s almost time to let my wife see my new book. At which point, it ceases to be perfect...”: Ian Rankin’s tweet this week, on the apprehension felt by any writer, however seasoned, on handing a just-finished manuscript to their first, most formative reader: the other half.

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Ray Davies performing on stage during the Hard Rock Calling music festival in London's Hyde Park, 2011

It could be said to be advisable – perhaps even inevitable – that the tone of a biography should mirror the character of its subject.

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Origins, belonging, and exclusion: Andrea Arnold's adaptation of 'Wuthering Heights'

Caryl Phillips's new novel continues his preoccupation with themes of origins, belonging and exclusion, by setting up a dialogue with one of the classics of English Literature – Wuthering Heights.

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Frog King. The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Andrea Dezso)

Fairytales and folklore are cut from the same cloth, but while the former enters the acknowledged literary realm of written text, the latter remains for the most part in the oral tradition, passed down from generation to generation.

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Rebanks' book pleads for greater public recognition of the contribution made by fell shepherds to the Lake District's landscapes and culture

It is a curious fact that books about the wonders of the countryside tend to feature human beings who are rather strange and marginalised.

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Fragile beauty: Dorset's Jurassic Coast, at Portland Bill

Patrick Barkham is interested in the way the coast functions as a place of liberation, deviance, and wildness. It is "our last repository of wilderness", he says, and a place for behaviour that is uninhibited, if not always antisocial.

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New book details the experience of a woman who took a year off from her marriage to sleep with strangers
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Betrayal: 'The Kiss of Judas' by Giotto Di Bondone (c1266-1337)

At a time when an alarming number of people think that the celebration of Easter is more about rabbits than the Resurrection, the idea of calling someone who betrays you a "Judas" still has traction.

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No juicy revelations: Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor meeting Adolf Hitler

On 14 May 1945, just days after the Nazi surrender, a British officer dug up a metal canister in the grounds of a German country estate. Inside the canister he found reels of microfilm which later translated to 9,725 pages of secret Nazi files.

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Thatcher's government tried to reign in the power of unions during her time in power in the 1980s (Getty)

"Economics is the method," Margaret Thatcher declared in 1981, "but the object is to change the soul." The story of the future Prime Minister's frugal Methodist upbringing above the shop in Grantham has been told many times before.

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Freedom fighters: artwork from ‘The 99’, a series of comic books with characters that personify the attributes of Allah Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

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Fashion plate: Vintage illustration of a housewife standing in her new pink kitchen, 1957

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Ahead of the game: Harrow, one of the Britsh public schools portrayed sympathetically in Turner's book

We live in a country where the Prime Minister, the Mayor of London and the Archbishop of Canterbury are all old Etonians; where public schoolboys shape more than half of Britain's "elite", and where even the entertainment industry has been taken over by toffs.

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Sexual economies: Keynes with his wife, Lydia Lopokova

Who said economists were dull? For anyone practising economics today (declaration of interest, that includes me) this book is a treat.

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In folklore: why do cuckoos lay their eggs in other birds' nests?

As the recognised harbinger of spring, the cuckoo has a starring role in British bird folklore, perched right up there at the top of the tree with nightingales, skylarks and owls.

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Suffragettes holding white sunshades advertising their newspaper 'Suffragette'.

Last week, the writer and journalist Anita Anand revealed a quietly appalling story while talking about her book on an Indian noblewoman, Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary.

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Joanna Trollope: Literary festivals abroad focus on a love of good literature

The spirit of Britain’s biggest literary festivals is being “skewed” by celebrity culture that leaves authors undermined and underpaid, writers have claimed.

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Golden girl: Sue Lyon as Lolita in Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film

A subersive French bestseller about a little girl who 'seduces' a far older man may shock some, says Michele Roberts, but it also grips and betwitches

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Listen to his collaboration with Naughty Boy

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Daniel Craig in a scene from ‘Spectre’, released in the UK on 23 October

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Cassetteboy's latest video is called Emperor's New Clothes rap

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Poldark review
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Jess Glynne is UK number 1

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Chris Evans is the favourite to replace Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear

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The Regent Street Cinema’s projection room in the 1920s
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Dermot O'Leary attends the X Factor Wembley Arena auditions at Wembley on August 1, 2014 in London, England.

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At this year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas

Music Why this music festival is still the place to spot the next big thing

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Russell Tovey, Myanna Buring and Julian Rhind Tutt star in Banished
tvReview: The latest episode was a smidgen less depressing... but it’s hardly a bonza beach party
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Crime watch: Cara Delevingne and Daniel Brühl in ‘The Face of an Angel’
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music Malik left the Asian leg of the band's world tour after being signed off with stress last week
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Author J.K. Rowling attends photocall ahead of her reading from 'The Casual Vacancy' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on September 27, 2012 in London, England.
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‘The Late Late Show’ presenter James Corden is joined by Mila Kunis and Tom Hanks for his first night as host
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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'
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Leading light: Sharma in London

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Rebekah Staton as Della in 'Raised by Wolves'

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I belong to Glasnost: Yuri Klavdiev

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Katie Brayben is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Carole King in Beautiful

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Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot has been cast to play Wonder Woman
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Top Gear presenter James May appears to be struggling with his new-found free time
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Kendrick Lamar at the Made in America Festival in Los Angeles last summer
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'Marley & Me' with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson
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Jon Hamm (right) and John Slattery in the final series of Mad Men
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Place Blanche, Paris, 1961, shot by Christer Strömholm
photographyHow the famous camera transformed photography for ever
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The ‘Westmacott Athlete’
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‘The Royals’ – a ‘twisted, soapy take on England’s first family’
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Brooks is among a dozen show-business professionals ever to have achieved Egot status
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A cut above: Sean Penn is outclassed by Mark Rylance in The Gunman
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James Franco and Zachary Quinto in I Am Michael

Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight

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A scene from the movie 'Get Hard'
tvWill Ferrell’s new film Get Hard receives its first reviews
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Left to right: David Cameron (Mark Dexter), Nick Clegg (Bertie Carvel) and Gordon Brown (Ian Grieve)
tvReview: Ian Grieve gets another chance to play Gordon Brown... this is the kinder version
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Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the first look picture from next year's Sherlock special

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