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You may also worry you're not conversant enough in current design lingo to get much out of new BBC2 series The Great Interior Design Challenge. Fear not. The only vocab you needed to enjoy last night's episode was "upcycle". It's a verb meaning "to take a perfectly decent piece of furniture and ruin it by the addition of some old tat you bought at a car boot sale".

Formal apology for 150,000 Australian women forced to give up newborn babies

Lily Arthur gave birth to her son, Tim, while shackled to a hospital bed in Brisbane. She was allowed to cradle him in her arms for five minutes – but only after signing an adoption consent form.

Emma Thompson to play Queen in new TV drama

Emma Thompson is to portray the Queen in a TV drama based on the famous Buckingham Palace burglary 30 years ago.

Five-minute memoir: Edward Docx recalls a fleeting, silent romance

I remember that we had left our backpacks at Zoo Station and that we were going to save our Deutschmarks by staying out all night. I remember, too, when at last we came into the crumbling old courtyard, that the music was extraordinarily loud – a wall of sound made out of euphoria and ecstasy, the herald of a new world order.

1. Silk cushion, John Lewis, £20

The Greatcoat, By Helen Dunmore

Dunmore's historical novels have been compared to Tolstoy. This wartime ghost story is not in that league, but it does what it says on the dust jacket

1. Gothic Chair

BOING!, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London

BOING!, the new Christmas show from Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic, has a brilliant connection with its child audience. From the beginning, five-year-olds were absorbed and giggly. When the performers suggested they help catch a thrown teddy bear, whole rows stood up as one, determined to be ready.

Moment of madness: despair, shame and a sense of isolation convinced John Lonsdale his loved ones were better off without him

'I was determined to end my life'

Following our feature on understanding suicide, John Lonsdale recalls in vivid detail the day he tried to kill himself – and explains why he is thankful every day that he didn't succeed

Haunted Child, Royal Court, London (3/5)

Actors are required to do some rum things in the line of duty.

Harriet Walker: 'It was bailiffs at the door. How mortifying!'

When my doorbell rang at 6am, I was mystified – and slightly terrified – as to who could want to see me at such an early hour. As I lay in my bed, willing them to go away and listening guiltily as my more responsible flatmate got up and went down to answer it, my mind ran through the potential fizzogs on the other side of the door.

The Uncoupling, By Meg Wolitzer

How women really feel in the bedroom

Agent Provocateur: How to create the perfect bedroom

Now designing bedlinen, the saucy knicker house shows gives ten tips to planning your bedroom, by Annie Deakin

Rocking motion fosters deep sleep, study claims

If you need a nap, get a hammock. You will nod off quicker and sleep more deeply, researchers say.

Is an award the only way to guarantee an author's shelf life?

For today's authors, an award can make the difference between success and getting left at the bottom of the pile

'I didn't believe he killed Milly Dowler'

Levi Bellfield's partner did not believe he had killed schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the Old Bailey heard today.

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