Nelson Mandela biography: A long walk to immortality - the life and

Nelson Mandela was the most respected, and probably the most loved of all world leaders in the late 20th century, and the most enduring of the heroes who emerged from the political convulsions of the 1980s. He personified the peaceful and rapid transition of power in South Africa that many had thought impossible, while his commitment to reconciliation was underlined by his own experience of personal sacrifice and forgiveness.

Syd Field: Screenwriting guru whose alumni included Darabont and who

Syd Field was a highly sought-after screenwriting teacher, renowned as a guru of the art of the screenplay. Of his eight books on the subject, the first, Screenplay: the Foundations of Screenwriting, is considered the bible of the art. He popularised the classic three-act paradigm, identifying important plot points and formulating a structure which not only reflected many existing films but which allowed writers to structure their own scripts. That he was never much in demand as a screenwriter himself throws an ironic sidelight on his career.

Roger Berthoud: 'Independent' leader-writer who also wrote acclaimed

Roger Berthoud was a distinguished and versatile journalist, as well as the writer of authoritative biographies of Graham Sutherland and Henry Moore. His long career started on the Daily Express in Manchester and he ended as chief leader writer for The Independent in its early days. He was liberal, pro-European, scrupulous about accuracy and fairness and sceptical of extreme views of every colour.

MEP Nikki Sinclaire 'overwhelmed' by support as UK’s first

MEP Nikki Sinclaire says she is “overwhelmed” by the volume of support she received after revealing herself as Britain’s first “sex-change parliamentarian” after undergoing gender reassignment surgery more than two decades ago.

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