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

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Supporting role: at the Supreme Court, Rhodes was accompanied by a famous friend, the actor Benedict Cumberbatch (PA)

'I was raped as a child, and only now can I tell my story': How James Rhodes fought the law courts in a battle to be heard

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Byrne has toured the world, talking about her million-selling books on angels to crowds in cathedrals, mosques, TV studios – even at a UN climate-change summit

Lorna Byrne can't really see angels and talk to God... can she?

Her ability to see heavenly apparitions that foretell the future has given her wealth and millions of supporters around the world (though the Catholic Church isn't so sure). But is Lorna Byrne's new self-help book a mystic move too far?
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Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy endures as one of the essential books of mankind

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Hell, yes: in Dublin last week, ahead of tomorrow’s referendum, Toibin delivered his powerful address supporting gay marriage

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As Ireland goes to the polls over same-sex marriage, the writer Colm Toibin explains how a 'yes' vote will both throw light on a dark past and point to a bright future
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