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Eleanor Doughty is dismayed at the news that some universities and colleges are offering rewards like fee reductions or laptops to students with good grades

Children need the Bible's melodrama

Faith & Reason: The Rev Andrew Spurr argues that Bible stories must be allowed to frighten and disturb us. Sentimentality merely inoculates children against real faith and mystery.

Faith & Reason: Children need the Bible's melodrama

The Rev Andrew Spurr argues that Bible stories must be allowed to frighten and disturb us. Sentimentality merely inoculates children against real faith and mystery.

Not in front of the children

Enid Blyton's name is in lights in Regent Street this Christmas and she is about to launch a posthumous assault on America. But her private life has come back to haunt us.

Leslau cashes in pounds 5m Burford share options

Nick Leslau, the 36-year-old chief executive of the Burford and Trocadero property groups, cashed in share options worth more than pounds 5m yesterday to pay off personal tax and debts. Following the deal he still retains Burford shares worth another pounds 5m and a further 2.8 million options.

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It was once a sleepy country lane, which wound gently through hop fields and cider orchards on the edge of the Kent Weald.

Blyton abandoned by her birthplace

Writers' roots: No centenary celebration for creator of Noddy and Famous Five

Five go down to the Cornish cliffs and talk literature

"I say," said Julian, looking up from his newspaper, "that Blyton woman is having her centenary next year. And they seem to be making a great fuss about it. Postage stamps and everything." Julian scowled. As Professor of English at the new University of the Home Counties, he knew a thing or two about books, and he disapproved thoroughly of Enid Blyton.

The trick is to start writing

Janice Galloway has become the novelist she pretended she was. Her small fictions have paid off. Big time

I'd rather have a British man any day

Americans top the league table for libido, but would they share their jumper with you? Glenda Cooper on what women want

Happiness in Toytown as Noddy makes a deal

Trouble in Toytown has been averted by a deal between the BBC and the owners of the copyright to Enid Blyton's children's books over who should benefit from the world-wide popularity of Noddy, writes Will Bennett.

BBC faces legal action on Noddy

The BBC faces legal action following claims that it has been substantially flouting its rights to Noddy, Enid Blyton's much-loved children's character.

Life savers, pollution fighters, jet saboteurs - the facts about fungi

Chris Mowbray explores the mysteries of mycology

Metamorphosis of the Existential Eleven

For a long time, Enid Blyton was held up to ridicule as the worst kind of bland children's writer, but slowly critical opinion has turned round to see her as a landmark in juvenile literature.
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