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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.

Paperback review: There Was a Country, By Chinua Achebe

The country was the breakaway Republic of Biafra, which seceded from Nigeria in 1967, in response to the continuing persecution of the Igbo people.

Paperback review: There Was a Country, By Chinua Achebe

The country was the breakaway Republic of Biafra, which seceded from Nigeria in 1967, in response to the continuing persecution of the Igbo people.

Review: Firefly, By Janette Jenkins

Noël’s voice rings true in elegiac prose

Five-minute memoir: When in Rome

Douglas Coupland was all set to interview Morrissey. And then the sleeping pills kicked in…

Mike Gayle: 'My study used to be my youngest daughter's bedroom hence the bright pink walls'

One minute with: Mike Gayle, novelist

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On me pad! Harry Redknapp shows off his penmanship

Biography: Harry Redknapp hates writing. Except for his own book

The QPR manager once confessed he 'couldn’t even fill a team sheet in'

The Reason I Jump, By Naoki Higashida. Sceptre, £10.99

Like many autistic children, Naoki Higashida was stranded in a lonely universe, unable to communicate. Then a system was developed in which he pointed to an alphabet grid to spell out words. The Reason I Jump, written by the Japanese author at the age of 13 (he is now 21), offers sometimes tormented, sometimes joyous, insights into autism's locked-in universe.

Yoko Ono at the Royal Festival Hall for Double Fantasy Live

From Grapefruit to Acorn: Yoko Ono publishes book of 'instructional poems'

Nearly 50 years after writing the conceptual art book Grapefruit, writer, artist and peace activist Yoko Ono has released a sequel that she hopes will inspire people and get them thinking and reading.

Going up: Matt Smith and Helen Mirren will star in a sequel to the award-winning show

A Curious night out with the Doctor

A fundraising sequel to 'The Curious Incident of the Dog' features a galaxy of British stars

These shoes were made for talking: Wendy Davis filibustering trainer wins rave Amazon reviews

It was what she said (and at what length) that counted, but, in the wake of Texas senator Wendy Davis's marathon 11 hour filibuster this week, what she was wearing has also found itself in the limelight. To whit, a pair of pink, lightweight Mizuno running shoes (RRP $115) have attracted legions of new admirers, satirical and otherwise, on Amazon. Here are some of the top responses:

Author James Martin dies aged 79

The largest ever donor to Oxford University and “extraordinary intellect” Dr James Martin has died, the university has said.

Michael Hastings: Journalist who brought down an American general

Michael Hastings: Journalist who brought down an American general

He was one of the first writers to investigate the use of killer drones by the US army in Pakistan

One Minute With: Dylan Jones, editor & writer

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Book of a lifetime: The Rings of Saturn, By W G Sebald

In the spring of 2001, I received a postcard in the mail. On the front was Poussin's L'Orage ("The Storm"). On the back, written in an elegant script, was a note of appreciation for a book I'd just published, called Spike Island. It was signed "W.G. (Max) Sebald".

Apple threatens ‘chilling effect’ on the industry if found guilty at ebook trial

Antitrust trial ended Thursday, but verdict not expected for two months

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'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
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Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
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Al Pacino wows Venice

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Neil Lawson Baker interview

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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering