Invisible Ink: No 206 - the Disney authors

As we know from Saving Mr Banks, Walt Disney was good at persuading authors that he could turn their treasured works into films, but Pamela Travers was not his only conquest. Nobody now remembers the Swiss beekeeping pastor Johann David Wyss, but in the late 18th century he was so impressed by Robinson Crusoe that he wrote a book for his children which would act as an adventure and a series of life lessons.

Arifa Akbar: The most memorable history lesson on war is found in fiction

Remember Septimus Warren Smith? The returning First World War veteran who haunted the darker recesses of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway? Septimus Smith, who couldn’t stop being tormented by his raw, ravaging, suicide-inducing memories of the front, even as the sun shone on postwar London? He has remained with me in a way that no history lesson has. Sorry Mr Gove, but I’m not embarrassed to say that I learned the best lessons about the Great War through great fiction.

Grace Dent on TV: Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 5

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Amiri Baraka: Writer

Poet, playwright and civil rights campaigner whose work made him a central figure in the Black Arts Movement

Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn in Mike Poulton's adaptation of 'Wolf Hall'

Wolf Hall: Hilary Mantel’s Tudor tales spawn a lucrative industry with stage and TV adaptations

As stage adaptations add to her glory, Booker prize-winner’s creations are being hailed as a landmark in British culture

Want to write a best-seller? Scientists claim this algorithm will tell you how

'Statsitical stylometry' looks at vast amounts of data in order to sift out the stylistic tropes that define a popular novel

Emma Thompson arriving for the National Board of Review Awards in New York

Emma Thompson fancies playing Sherlock Holmes: Actor in favour of gender-blind casting

The actor Emma Thompson has spoken out this week in favour of gender-blind casting, admitting her particular desire to play the role of Sherlock Holmes.

My Age of Anxiety, by Scott Stossel - book review: An unflinchingly honest account of anxious times

Scott Stossel first saw a psychiatrist aged 10. Since then, he has tried 27 medications and many different kinds of therapy in an attempt to assuage his anxiety-related problems. This book is an account of his own experiences, together with a history of anxiety-related disorders that stretch back as far as Hippocrates in the fourth-century BC, and takes in Plato, Spinoza, Kierkegaard, Darwin, Freud, and many eminent 20th-century authorities on the way to the present day.

American poet Amiri Baraka photographed in the 1970s

Poet and playwright Amiri Baraka dies in Newark aged 79

The writer formerly known as LeRoi Jones died in hospital in New Jersey

David Fincher's Gone Girl cover, shot for Entertainment Weekly

Gone Girl film first look: Ben Affleck curls around 'dead' Rosamund Pike in magazine photoshoot

The actors are pictured lying on an autopsy in David Pincher's creepy cover

Sherlock Holmes is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC series

Sherlock writers plot fourth and fifth series

The nation's favourite detective should be back in our living rooms again soon

Google's tribute to French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir’s 106th Birthday: Google Doodle celebrates French philosopher

The French writer, intellectual, political activist and feminist would have been 106

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Economic slumps are often followed by novels that are rich in words expressing emotional unhappiness

If the slump wasn't bad enough, stand by for the literary misery that's bound to follow

Scientists discover link between downturns and an increase in frequency of words of 'emotional malaise'

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