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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.

Sparky Sweets PhD

Thug Notes: YouTube comic brings literary Classics to the masses hip-hop style

Sparky Sweets' self-styled "gangster" approach to education is bringing books like Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird to new audiences. Miranda Dobson meets him

Anchorman's Ron Burgundy will release an 'autobiography' in November

Anchorman's Ron Burgundy to release 'autobiography'

Will Ferrell's most famous character promises to 'tell all' about his life so far

Dame Barbara Cartland, who in her lifetime, published 723 books

106 unseen works from romance queen Dame Barbara Cartland to hit bookshelves

Late author left behind around 160 unpublished manuscripts, which will form collections to be released in three sets

The 10 best in-flight essentials

Whether your haul is short or long, these handy aircraft accessories will make sure your holiday gets off to a flying start

The book, by E L James and forthcoming film by Sam Taylor-Wood, have inspired a range of lingerie for BlueBella

Fifty shades of pants... new lingerie inspired by book

You’ve read the book – now try the underwear.

Salman Rushdie: ‘If you don’t want to read a book, don’t read it’

Salman Rushdie: We're all too offended now

'Satanic Verses' author attacks rise of religious and political tribalism that makes people define themselves by what they hate

Graphic novels award is a sign of maturity

A major symptom of the graphic novel's emergence from puberty over the past 30 years will happen this month at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Not only does this year's programme see the inauguration of an entire themed sub-festival called Stripped, but also the first presentation of the 9th Art Award, an international prize for graphic fiction whose organisers don't seem keen to discourage talk of their ambition to be “the Booker Prize of graphic novels”.

The Fundza team, Mignon at the centre

Fundza: A revolution in teen reading

Mignon Hardie has been involved with the start-up and management of a number of SMEs including the Fundza Literacy Fund where she is a trustee and trust manager.

'Your country needs you': The myth of the most iconic World War I emblem

The picture of Lord Kitchener has long been regarded as the poster that encouraged young men to join the army, but this may just be a popular myth

Judge a book by its cover version

The Bookshop Band are Britain's only literary band. “We've just written a song inspired by Damian Barr's Maggie & Me,” says Ben Please. The Avon trio are fresh from a UK tour of independent bookshops and last month played Glastonbury. Authors who've had their books immortalised in song love it: “Rachel Joyce brought her family to see us when we played at a shop near her home,” says Please.

Book of a lifetime: Nonsense Omnibus, By Edward Lear

My copy of Edward Lear's Nonsense Omnibus shows why bookbinding is not a task for the young. The spine has been reattached upside-down. There are no cover boards, but sticky-backed plastic has been applied at a jaunty angle to the title page, preserving crumbs and ink-splotches, my name written in a child's wobbly joined-up, and a sum in blue pencil, confidently underlined: 191-150=15.

The 10 Best scones

Whether it's as part of a classic cream tea or as a savoury snack, the traditional British treat has few equals

The 10 Best technology guides

From app designing to blogging, we all need help with computing. Here are some of the best guides to the new world of IT

'Most embarrassing Fox News interview ever' sends Reza Aslan's biography of Jesus to number 1 in the Amazon book charts

A respected academic, who just happens to be Muslim, was challenged by a Fox News anchor as to why he was qualified to write about Christ

Growing up is hard to do: the TV show Girls

From Young Adult to New Adult: Books for the inbetweeners

After the boom in Young Adult fiction,  publishers are on the hunt for the next hit genre. Have they found it in the swearing and sex of New Adult fiction?

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
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Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot