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'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

Book review: Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kiš, By Mark Thompson

This shape-shifting master from the faultlines of Europe found meaning in the chaos of war

Between the Covers 14/07/2013

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Book review: Hunters in the Snow, By Daisy Hildyard

Skilful probe into our links with the past

Between the Covers 07/07/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

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'

Jeffrey Archer gave a fascinating interview to Bloomberg

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Mike Figgis: 'I'm taking a deep breath before committing to the Dostoevsky biography'

Cultural life: Mike Figgis, film director

'I'm taking a deep breath before committing to the Dostoevsky biography'

Book review: She Landed by Moonlight: The Story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington, By Carole Seymour-Jones

A daring agent, who not only spied but led a fighting force, was sidelined after the war. Guess why?

Paperback review: Edith Wharton, By Hermione Lee

Stick to the facts, not fairy stories

Katie Price appearing on Daybreak this morning.

At the tender age of 35 Katie Price is to release her fifth autobiography

Katie Price has revealed she is planning to release her fifth autobiography later this year - at the age of just 35.

Esther Williams was a former champion swimmer turned movie star

Esther Williams, former swimmer and film star, dies aged 91 in Los Angeles

Esther Williams, a former champion swimmer and subsequent film star, has died at the age of 91 in Los Angeles.

Photography book review: The Black Kingdom, By Brian Griffin

Recognised as one of the UK's most important photographers of the past 40 years, Brian Griffin was born in 1948 and grew up near Birmingham among the factories of the Black Country.

Review: Flappers - Six Women of a Dangeous Generation, By Judith Mackrell

Lives of the real Gatsby women

Wayne Rooney drives out of Manchester United’s training ground

Wayne Rooney ready to make U-turn over Manchester United exit following appointment of David Moyes

Striker indicates he is now willing to stay but faces a battle to convince manager and fans of commitment

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Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it
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Evil eye: Douglas Adams in 'mad genius' pose
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FootballFull debuts don't come much more stylish than those on show here
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Hit the roof: hot-tub cinema east London
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The ecological reconstruction of Ikrandraco avatar is shown in this illustration courtesy of Chuang Zhao. Scientists on September 11, 2014 announced the discovery of fossils in China of a type of flying reptile called a pterosaur that lived 120 millions years ago and so closely resembled those creatures from the 2009 film, Avatar that they named it after them.
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Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

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Reach for the skies

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week