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Jumbo the elephant was a Victorian sensation, who between his birth in modern-day Eritrea and alcoholic death in the American circus of the incorrigible showman PT Barnum was the star attraction at London Zoo.

Slum life on Johnson prize list

A book about life in an Indian slum and the story of George Mallory's attempt to climb Everest are among the contenders for a prestigious literary prize.

Last Night's Viewing: Best Possible Taste: the Kenny Everett Story, BBC4
Welcome to India, BBC2

Everett drama aimed to reinforce nostalgic affection, not make nostalgia impossible

Josephine Hart's dream is realised in a new app, says Christina Patterson

There was a time when people on buses and Tubes didn't just fiddle with their phones. There was a time when what they stared at were the pages of a newspaper, or book. Some people still do, of course, but many, many don't. Many just fiddle and tap and flick and glance at one thing, and then another thing, and then at something else.

The best possible way to remember a true pioneer

BBC4's new biopic of Kenny Everett is compelling TV, says James Rampton

Kenny Everett

Kenny Everett - The best possible way to remember a true pioneer

A biopic of Kenny Everett should be compelling TV, says James Rampton

Andrea Riseborough, in Shadow Dancer, is a compromised IRA operative

Shadow Dancer, James Marsh, 100 mins (15)
The Three Stooges, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, 92 mins (PG)
The Watch, Akiva Schaffer, 102 mins (15)

It's MI5 here, and this is your choice: leave your son or spy on your brothers ...

Rhodri Marsden: It's time to forget about piaffes and pirouettes for another four years

I've learned so much that will now be placed in mental cold storage

Between the Covers 05/08/2012

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books
John J Niven

One minute with: John J Niven, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see? In the office of the house I'm renting in Los Angeles. I can see palm trees and all sort of lush foliage. Also, the sparkly water of the hot tub.

Steve Coogan and Anna Friel in Michael Winterbottom’s film about the life of Paul Raymond

I want to tell the real story about the porn baron who was my father

The life of the pornography baron and property tycoon Paul Raymond was so colourful it's not surprising he is still in the headlines more than four years after his death.

Steve Coogan and Anna Friel in Michael Winterbottom’s film about the life of Paul Raymond

'Steve Coogan's film about my dad is a Carry On movie,' says Howard Raymond. 'Ours is serious'

Paul Raymond died in 2008, but his son is still defending him. Luke Blackall reports

American Idol star Lambert, left, looks the part and hits the notes with ease

Queen, Hammersmith Apollo, London
Kimya Dawson, The Haunt, Brighton

Brian May thinks Adam Lambert's 'a keeper', and the audience agrees

Films of the week

July 14 - July 20, 2012
Slick city: 'I didn't go to New York until I was 30. It's an extraordinary place'

My Life In Travel: Jacqueline Wilson, children's author

'I've met children all over the world and they all laugh at the same things'

EL James revealed real-life secrets to her readers

Author of erotic bestseller will be hands-on as Hollywood plans movie

First, they pulled together an Oscar-nominated movie about the invention of the "poke". Now the creative team behind The Social Network is exploring the literary realm known as "Mummy Porn".

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