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Norton has a lovely knack of being able to be both a star-struck insider and the head-shaking Glasgow realist

Invisible Ink No 254: Nedra Tyre

The paperback, published in 1959 by Dell, displays a coquettish girl, almost naked, beneath the caption: “14 lively ladies spin 14 torrid tales of mayhem and murder – The Lethal Sex”.

YouTube star Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella, who has branded press reports

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Why are the media so keen to jump on Zoella, the 24-year-old internet sensation whose young-adult novel Girl Online became the fastest-selling novel of 2014?

Pick of the crop: Yotam Ottolenghi turned his attention to vegetables

Christmas 2014: Best books on food

The best cookbooks make being in the kitchen fun and relaxing

Boris Johnson has released a biography of Winston Churchill

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Boris Johnson can write, we know that, but his history is shaky and the text is ruined by ridiculous 'Churchill Factor' ratings out of 10, which make it read like a Cosmopolitan feature

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Circa 1918: Author Vera Brittain (1893 - 1970) as a nurse in WW I.

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The story of Vera Brittain and her own 'lost generation' stands as proxy for us all, whose families lost loved ones in the War and who want to derive some understanding of what they suffered and endured

Over the Hills and Far Away book illustration, 'Dance Little Baby', 'Dance to your Daddy' by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom

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Over the Hills and Far Away is a treasury of 150 nursery rhymes collected from around the world and is illustrated by 77 of the world’s leading artists

T S Eliot with Virginia Woolf and Vivienne Eliot

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This is a significant work of scholarship, but one that throws up as many questions as answers it provides

John Lennon in the early 1960s

In His Own Write/ A Spaniard in the Works by John Lennon, book review: All you need is love of wordplay

These may only be a footnote in the history of the Beatles, but there’s still enough here to entertain anyone with a liking for John Lennon’s off-the-wall humour or verbal legerdemain

Black Nationalist leader and Nation of Islam spokesman Malcolm X in Oxford with Eric Abrahams, right, the Student Union president, before addressing university students on the subject of extremism in1964. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Night Malcolm X Spoke at the Oxford Union by Stephen Tuck, book review: Resurrecting the story of the British civil rights struggle

Who dares speak up in this way nowadays? If he were alive, this radical would be banned from Britain

Circa 1940: Stefan Zweig (1881 - 1942) the writer, poet and translator of Ben Johnson. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World by George Prochnik, book review: Mitteleuropa’s tragic symbol

Stefan Zweig died in despair, but his  legacy helped heal a wounded world

Born in the GDR: Living in the Shadow of the Wall by Hester Vaizey - book review: No room for Ostalgie in these compelling accounts

“What more does a child need?” asks Peggy, 10 years old when the Wall fell, as she looks back on her “best family holiday” in a forest near a lake, providing “a change of scene, nice weather, and parents with spare time”. Ostalgie (a rose-tinted look back at GDR life), or childhood memories as simple and real as yours or mine? Peggy is one of eight “children of the GDR”, whose accounts were gathered in a fascinating act of fieldwork, and presented as evidence of the way “one central event” – the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago – “affects everyone but is felt differently in each life.”

Playing It My Way: My Autobiography by Sachin Tendulkar - book review

One of the all-time batting greats plays it too safe

New Selected Poems: 1966-1987 and 1988-2013, Seamus Heaney, review: Treasure troves of verse

Paradoxically, a back-to-back reading serves to underline the career-long unity of his work

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Grace Dent on TV

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Taylor Swift is heading to Norwich for Radio 1's Big Weekend

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Icelandic singer Bjork has been forced to release her album early after an online leak

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Colin Firth as Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challenge

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Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game are both nominated at the Bafta Film Awards
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