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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.

March time: Jennifer Lawrence followed by Josh Hutcherson and Woody Harrelson in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

The sound of teen angst: From The Hunger Games to How I Live Now

Top pop stars are finding adolescent movies are the way to a huge audience

Book of a Lifetime: Love Medicine, By Louise Erdrich

In 1986, my husband and I went to Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands for Christmas. We ate ice cream under palm trees and swam with exotic fish. But then the weather turned stormy. I passed the rainy days on the lanai, lying in a hammock, reading books, and looking for inspiration. I was a beginning fiction writer and had written a total of three short stories, each with its own first-person voice. I had wrestled with the idea of revising the stories so that they belonged to one family and were told by one voice. But the storylines made that impossible.

Rather too often the message shows a desire to show off the inscriber’s poetic sensibility

'From one naughty lady to another...'

A collection of inscriptions scribbled in books provides tantalising glimpses of human behaviour, says John Walsh

Book review: This is the story of a happy marriage, By Ann Patchett

Witty, warm reflections on life, love and art of fiction

Video: Record-breaking book domino chain

A Belgium book association claim they have set a new world record for the longest book domino chain composed of almost 5,000 second-hand books.

MacKenzie Bezos with her husband, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos
Amazon

Amazon removes abuse themed e-books from online store

Online retailer Amazon has pulled abuse themed e-books from their Kindle stores, after a report highlighted publications for sale with titles suggesting rape, bestiality and incest.

Astronaut Scott Carpenter dies ages 88

Fourth man in space has died in Colorado following complications from a stroke

Helen Fielding signs copies of her latest Bridget Jones novel at Foyles in central London

Pages of David Jason memoir mistakenly printed in new Bridget Jones novel

Helen Fielding seemed unfazed by the drama as she signed copies of her book

Andrew Marr, pictured here in his first appearance at a public event since he suffered a stroke, has said he wishes he had gone to art school instead of pursuing a journalism career

BBC’s Andrew Marr says ‘I regret going into journalism’

Successful presenter, writer and political commentator says he wishes he’d gone to art school instead – but has also signed a deal to write his first novel

The Burning Shadow, By Michelle Paver. Puffin, £12.99

The once-popular Victorian writer RM Ballantyne regularly channelled real-life adventures for his stories. His natural successor is Michelle Paver, whose children's books have sold over two million copies. A misleadingly demure former City lawyer, for research purposes she has swum with killer whales, gone seal hunting in Greenland and followed reindeer in Finland. For this Mediterranean Bronze Age novel, she has taken it comparatively easy, only crawling through claustrophobic copper mines and exploring a volcano.

Between the Covers 06/10/13

What's really going on in the world of books

Adjoa Andoh stars as Miss Havisham

Theatre review: Great Expectations, Bristol Old Vic

In Neil Bartlett’s staging of Great Expectations at Bristol Old Vic, you hear the story more than watch it. The chains of the convict, the hammering of the blacksmith, the unhinged humming of Miss Havisham are as much a part of the characters as the costume, expression and lines.

Helen Fielding poses for Vogue; the writer's new instalment of Bridget Jones

'A woman's sell-by date is getting later and later': Helen Fielding on fame, modern women and Bridget Jones

Novelist tells Vogue magazine how she found her huge success hard to deal with

Madeleine McCann's father Gerry returns to Portugal court for libel case

Gerry McCann has applied to give evidence in case against Goncalo Amaral over book making allegations about Madeleine's disappearance

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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
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project