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Five handsome volumes begin an ambitious project to share with modern readers the rich, diverse treasures of Indian literature going back two millennia

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The forensic psychologist David Roland was burdened by the traumatic nature of his work and facing financial ruin. When he woke up in A&E, with little idea how he got there, it was thought he'd had a breakdown. But in time the doctors worked out that he'd suffered a stroke. In this exclusive extract from his new book, he describes the aftermath

The Alabama National Guard lines the route, federalised by President Johnson to protect the marchers

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As they marched 54 miles in five days, Dan Budnik was there every step of the way, bearing witness to the hopes and heroism of the Selma protesters. Now, half a century on, his extraordinary images are seen here for the first time

The Top Ten: Synonyms that sound like opposites

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Moral dilemmas are always at the heart of Michael Arditti’s novels and his latest book Widows & Orphans is no different

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