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Where are you now and what can you see?

I’m at the BBC recording Front Row and apparently I’m looking at a brass bust of Henry Wood. The statue is in the foyer.

Marc Chagall's ‘Jew in Red’ (1915)

Marc Chagall tried many things, but ended up being true only to himself

Plus: Hammond Innes's thrillers whose pages don’t turn themselves and falling asleep during Byzantium

Tan Twan Eng wins Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction with The Garden of Evening Mists

Tan Twan Eng has won the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction with The Garden of Evening Mists, beating double Man Booker winner Hilary Mantel to the title.

Merciless satirist: Tom Sharpe's Porterhouse Blue 'took a four-barrelled elephant gun to the world of Oxbridge'

Porterhouse Blue author Tom Sharpe dies aged 85

John Walsh marks the demise of the writer who found comic gold in the world of Oxbridge

Norwegian language version of the Bible outpaces 'Fifty Shades of Grey' to top bestseller list in one of Europe's most secular countries

Sales of book seen as a sign that the Bible still has resonance in the country

Google Doodle celebrates English furniture designer Thomas Chippendale

18th Century cabinet maker honoured with Doodle

When the Money Runs Out, By Stephen D King. Yale, £20. The Growth Map, By Jim O'Neill. Portfolio Penguin, £10.99

We call it globalisation and it is one of the two great economic stories of our time: that shift of economic power from the old developed world to the new emerging one. The other story is the nasty economic cycle we have just experienced. The two stories are linked because the failures of Western economic management that exacerbated the last recession have sped up the power shift.

Review: Strange Bodies, By Marcel Theroux

Obsession and horror in an eerily plausible modern 'Frankenstein'

The Conversation: Michael Pollan, food writer

'A teacher taught me that cooking is like yoga'

One Minute With: Jane Gardam, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Former Beatle Ringo Starr is to publish a book of his own photos.

Ringo Starr publishes book of unseen photos of The Beatles

Former Beatle Ringo Starr is to publish a book of his own photos, including previously unseen images of the Fab Four.

Author Peter James survived a spectacular car crash last weekend.

Dead Man’s Time author Peter James walks away from spectacular 85mph car crash

The bestselling crime writer Peter James is back in the driving seat after a spectacular crash at Brands Hatch in which suffered cracked ribs and a bruised spleen.

Diary: The Professor’s backing Bayern Munich to beat Borussia Dortmund (‘They’ll win 3-1,’ he says)

Bayern or Borussia? It’s time to take sides. Surely Gisela Stuart, the Bavaria-born Labour MP, can offer expert guidance on which team the neutrals should support in the all-German Champions League Final clash at Wembley.

Brought to book: Natalie Haynes at home, surrounded by Booker contenders

Natalie Haynes: Confessions of a Booker judge

Being on the jury of the Man Booker Prize is no mean feat. With 150 books to read, Natalie Haynes barely has time to sleep. But, she says, the popularity of historical fiction means she now knows a lot more about world history

Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella on Wedding Night: What if someone deliberately sabotaged your honeymoon?

The queen of Chick Lit explains the motivation behind her latest novel

The bidding war between publishers for Gill Hornbys new novel, 'The Hive' was reportedly vicious

School-gate mums: Is 2013's Fifty Shades a novel by Gill Hornby called The Hive?

We’ve had it up to here with the wizards-and-magic fiction genre. Ditto the romantic-vampires-and-werewolves one.

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How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
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Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

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Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

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