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J K Rowling: The Curse of the Publisher's Hype

And so, this was it, the publishing event of the century: J K Rowling and the Publisher's Hype. The story had everything. The one million pre-orders. The profile in The New Yorker. The adulation! The vilification! You'd never guess that all Rowling did was write a book.

The Big Six: Outback outposts

Berkley River Lodge, Western Australia

Grand American Adventures is offering a group tour of the Appalachian Trail, visiting New Hampshire and Massachusetts, for £1,524

Travel Challenge: New England in autumn

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a 10-night autumn escape to New England with hotels and flights from Heathrow on 28 Sept. Prices are pp, based on two travelling together.

Second Yosemite National Park visitor dies of rodent-borne illness

A second person has died of a rare, rodent-borne disease after visiting Yosemite National Park earlier this summer and park officials warned past visitors to be aware of some flu-like aches and symptoms.

Romahome comes into its own on the campsite

Romahome R20 Hi

A fun little home from home. Just remember the gas...

Now: The Kasbah Angour is a Moroccan retreat in the Atlas Mountains, with pretty gardens, Berber music nights and walking trails. During September, it has four-nights for £299 per person with full-board and airport transfers. Flights extra. kasbahangour.com

Get me out of here: Morocco, Maasai Mara and Rio

Now... The Kasbah Angour is a Moroccan retreat in the Atlas Mountains, with pretty gardens, Berber music nights and walking trails. During September, it has four-nights for £299 per person with full-board and airport transfers. Flights extra. kasbahangour.com

Postcard From...Languedoc

Travel west along the French rivieria, going past Antibes, St Tropez and Marseilles, and you will find another side to France's Mediterranean coast. Far from the glitz of Monte Carlo, brimming with its tax exiles and Russian billionaires' yachts, here is the less fashionable but "salt of the earth" France. No Brad Pitt, Brigitte Bardot or even Graham Greene here.

Des Campbell was convicted of murdering Janet Fisicaro

Gold digger and cheat, but did ex-policeman kill his wife?

It seems beyond dispute that Des Campbell was a cad who courted and fleeced a succession of wealthy, blonde widows. But whether the former British police officer pushed his third wife over a cliff before jetting off on holiday with one of several girlfriends is the question set to be tested in the Australian appeal courts.

Landscape gardener jailed for four years for 'mowing down' two teenagers that were camping in a field

A landscape gardener who drove his van into two teenagers who were camping in a field in what was an "absolutely terrifying" attack has been jailed for four years.

Looking up: inside one of the Carré d’étoiles cabins

Trail of the Unexpected: Stargazing in France

The galaxy in all its glory can be enjoyed from the comfort of your bed in a luxurious prefab in central France, says Fiona Sturges.

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The 10 Best camping gear

From jackets and moonchairs to self-inflating maps and head torches

High winds batter Round the Island competitors as Yves le Blevec triumphs in trimaran Actual

Some classes were cancelled even before the start of the Round the Island (of Wight) Race today as forecasts of brisk south-westerlies brought the reality of over 25 knots and either challenging or exciting races for what had been 1,650 entries and over 10,000 competitors. Injuries were reported to a handful.

Travel Challenge: Family camping in France

Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for specific holiday. Today: a family camping holiday in the Vendée region of western France at the start of the school summer break. Prices are for two adults and two children. Each includes return P&O Dover-Calais ferry crossing with car on Saturday 21 July and a week's tented accommodation...

At a stroke: Windermere's Great North Swim

Countyfile; Cumbria - Race to the Lakes for outdoor fun and games

The skies above Windermere will light up this Thursday when Cumbria hosts one of the four opening events of the London 2012 Festival (0845 267 2012; festival.london2012.com), the cultural celebration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that runs till 9 September. A French group, Les Commandos Percu, will take to the shores of Windermere for On the Night Shift, a free open-air production mixing music and pyrotechnics, which will also mark the arrival of the Olympic torch in the county.

French Groupama team wins second leg of Volvo round the world race

Digging deep in the last 48 hours, the French Groupama team won its second leg in the Volvo round the world race, extended its overall lead, and enjoyed the especially sweet achievement of being first into its home port of Lorient in south Brittany.

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