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Jerry Hall, David Gilmour and Emilia Fox attended the announcement of the 2009 Costa Book of the Year award at London's swanky Quaglino's, hosted by GMTV's Penny Smith.

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Bennett said he was sure Cook was having an affair with Jackie Kennedy

'Spectator' to charge for magazine content online

The Spectator is to start charging for magazine content viewed online. The move comes following a drop in circulation of the political weekly magazine by 2.5 per cent in the first six months of 2009.

'Spectator' editor in shock exit

The editor of The Spectator, Matthew d'Ancona, considered one of Fleet Street's bright hopes, suddenly exited the magazine yesterday, shocking staff.

Leading article: The press must not be cowed

Revelations of widespread phone hacking have landed aspects of British journalism in the dock. A gallery of accusers, from Peter Mandelson to Andrew Neil, have rushed to condemn what took place. But is this pillorying totally justified?

Stephen Glover: Will Rupert enjoy this modern tale of Antony and Cleopatra?

Rebekah Wade, editor of Britain's best selling daily newspaper The Sun, is known neither by her readers nor the general public. She has always avoided appearing on radio or television to defend her paper, or to offer an opinion about the state of the world.

The feral beast: Lord Rennard's party buddy

Just as well Ed Stourton wasn't on duty for the Today programme on Friday when Lord Rennard stepped down as the Lib Dems' chief executive for "health reasons", nothing to do with his £40,000 expenses on a second home when he has a house two miles from Westminster.

Party Of The Week: Costa plenty as the literati get on down

No sooner had Sebastian Barry collected his Costa Book of the Year award and the literary world had licked its lips after eating its way through the four-course meal in the InterContinental Hotel's ballroom than scores of glamorously dressed guests began tramping down to the Hyde Park hotel's trendy Cookbook Cafe for some after-show nightcaps.

Stephen Glover: We can't expect our columnists always to predict the future

Does it matter if columnists make incorrect predictions? Most people would probably say it does. I wonder. Two of my favourite columnists in the whole world are Anatole Kaletsky and William Rees-Mogg, both of which gentlemen I happen to know slightly. I devour their pieces in The Times. I am the Oxford representative of the Lord Rees-Mogg fan club, and would be honoured to undertake the same role for Mr Kaletsky should a vacancy ever arise.

Cover Stories: Ben Okri; Alexander McCall Smith; Guantanamo for kids; PFD Agency

* There was a time when Ben Okri graced the Jonathan Cape list. Then, a few years back, he signed with Rider, a sister imprint at Random House that leans toward the spiritual and the mystic, with Starbook, published last year. Forsaking once more the literary blandishments of Cape, Okri has now re-signed with Rider for Tales of Freedom: "a superb, lengthy novella surrounded by a necklace of smaller pieces" which offer "unusual, more transcendent ways of looking at our extreme, gritty world", revealing "the wealth of freedom beyond the confines of our perceptions".

Cover Stories: Hamish Hamilton; Dannie Abse; Caroline Michel's income; the generosity of Nikita Lalwani

* As old Commonwealth ties mean less and less and publishers in countries once coloured red on the map seek more autonomy, how curious that Penguin should now launch Hamish Hamilton in Canada.

Carefully edited: Andrew Neil's French retreat

When Andrew Neil bought a house in France, it was a ramshackle retreat. After some painstaking changes, it's now a luxurious home

Andrew Neil in &pound;4m bid to save PFD, talent agency decimated by walkout

The former Sunday Times editor Andrew Neil has emerged as the unlikely saviour of Peters Fraser & Dunlop, the London talent agency that once had some of the biggest names in showbusiness on its books.

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