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You need to have your wits about you at a Laura Solon show. The 2005 Perrier Award winner crams so many jokes, witticisms and observations into her rapidly delivered narratives, it can be all too easy to miss gems. Her writing is tight; in places, it glitters: “She’s not an expert”, runs one delightful epigram. “She has a brain capacity estate agents would call ‘cosy’”.

Howards End is on the Landing, By Susan Hill

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The Business On... Noddy, Sports car driver, Toytown

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Jeremy Laurance: These checks would have stopped the killer GP

I laughed at the report of convicted murderer Brian Lawrence's escape attempt. Locked up in the Isle of Wight's Parkhurst prison, the 67-year-old had plotted to buy a helicopter to spring him from the high security jail by sending notes written in "invisible ink" – lemon juice – to accomplices outside. It was a trick straight out of a 1950s Boy's Own annual. A quick press with a hot iron and, hey presto!, the words emerge in pale brown script. Barry Greenberry, prison governor, paid tribute to the way his team had "diligently pieced together intelligence" to stop the escape. Presumably by reading Enid Blyton.

20 best Puffin children's books

To celebrate 70 years of Puffin books the publisher has released a list of its 70 favourite children’s titles.

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My Way: Miranda McKearney, founder director of The Reading Agency

'Let who you are come through in your interviews'

Political satire scoops hat-trick of awards

Political satire The Thick Of It scooped a hat-trick at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, it was announced today.

Women who changed the world: 'There's always room for one more woman...'

Our list last week of the 100 most influential women from the past 100 years marked the 100th International Women's Day. But it was never going to please everyone. Katy Guest sifts through the many readers' suggestions

Who's for Lacrosse? GANT by Michael Bastian is

Lacrosse, an anachronistic sport involving a stick with a small basket on the end, which will be familiar to childhood readers of Enid Blyton's Malory Towers books, has Inspired the first collaboration between GANT and Michael Bastian, unveiled today at New York Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Week.

Bored with biopics

Life stories are taking huge chunks of drama budgets – but they are largely safe and unchallenging television, says Gerard Gilbert

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (10 January 2010)

On behalf of ActionAid in the UK and Pakistan, I would like to thank readers of The Independent on Sunday who donated to this year's Christmas Appeal to help those in need in Pakistan. Thanks to your generous donations ActionAid is able to continue its work with hundreds of thousands of people in Pakistan who have been displaced by fighting between the army and the Taliban. Innocent citizens were caught up in this conflict: hundreds were killed and two million had to flee their homes.

Revealed: Enid Blyton and the Hitler appeasers' country-house dinner

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