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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.

Book of a lifetime: Rabbit at Rest, By John Updike

My choice is almost entirely self-serving. I have just looked, and see that I have 23 books by John Updike. In 2006, he suggested me to write the foreword (it ended up as an afterword) for the new Penguin edition of Rabbit at Rest. So in a sense I am trying to attach myself to the great man's memory by choosing it as my Book of a Lifetime.

Morrissey claims that 11th-hour split with his publisher has delayed the arrival of the book

Is Morrissey’s autobiography a book that will never come out?

Singer announces 11th-hour split from publishers – despite no evidence the book was anywhere near finished

Colin Firth will voice Paddington Bear in new film

The king speaks: Colin Firth to voice Paddington Bear in new film

Firth will join Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman and Julie Walters in the film

Jane Hawking with her ex-husband

Stephen Hawking on life, the universe and marriage

The physicist’s memoir will detail his turbulent relationships. Steve Connor reports

The frontispiece for The Tiger in The Smoke conveys a sinister side to postwar London

Interview: Author Eleanor Catton on 'The Luminaries', astrology and Man Booker longlisting

'It’s been a real ride getting on the longlist'

Author Jonathan Frazen
Crime writer Sophie Hannah is to write the as-yet untitled novel in Christie's style

Whodunnit? New author to bring Agatha Christie's Poirot out of retirement

Hercule Poirot is to test his famous grey cells once again in a “new” Agatha Christie novel – the first featuring the Belgian detective since Christie’s death in 1976.

A rare photograph of author JD Salinger, right, with a friend

Salinger’s legacy set for revamp as five unpublished works are promised

The author, who did not publish after 1965,  revisits ‘Catcher In The Rye’ in a new novel

Book review: The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History, By Emma Rees

Sort of an encyclopedia genitalia

Book review: All Dogs Are Blue, By Rodrigo Souza Leao (Trs by Stefan Tobler and Zoe Perry)

The brilliant chaos of a frenzied mind

Book review: Judith Kerr's Creatures, By Judith Kerr

As she turns 90, let's celebrate the writer who has enriched so many childhoods

The 1863 Football Association Minute Book contains the 13 original laws of football

1863 football rule book given 'rightful place' alongside Magna Carta in British Library

The handwritten book by Ebenezer Cobb Morley contains the 13 original laws of football

TV review: Under the Dome, Channel 5

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Songs from the bell jar

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...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

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