Marcus Berkmann

Marcus Berkmann is a journalist and author.

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Yes, I plugged my friend’s novel. So what?

Too many Books of the Year contributors are thinking not of their friends, but of their own reputations.

Michael Phelps routinely wears headphones before he swims but is it disrespectful to cheering onlookers?

Marcus Berkmann: Must athletes all wear headphones?

Surely it's not beyond participants to emerge from their bubble briefly

MY BEAUTIFUL LOON

Cleo Rocos was only 15 when she became Kenny Everett's TV muse, and they were inseparable until the comedian's premature death. Now she's written a book about it all. Marcus Berkmann listens to their strange and enduring laughter

Portillo: nice smirk if you can get it; TELEVISION

Anything goes on television in August. Sitcoms about cancer, blatant hour-long ads for the new Oasis album, even filmed reports by Michael Portillo are considered fair game. No wonder everyone flees to foreign parts.

Mrs Cohen for Chancellor of the Exchequer?

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Television: Mrs Cohen for Chancellor of the Exchequer?

We are accustomed to television taking itself far too seriously, so it can come as a shock when it doesn't take itself seriously enough. The opening episode of Mrs Cohen's Money (C4, Monday) began on the roof of a skyscraper, from where Mrs Cohen threw sheaves of banknotes before settling into an irrelevantly placed chintz-covered armchair, complete with lurking standard lamp.

All I want from this election is a new sitcom

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
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Sarah Kane season

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Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea