Student

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.

Further adventures of the Famous Five

The Blyton brand is being transported to the US. Meg Carter reports

Striking gold with heavy metal

Roger Trapp explains how Iron Maiden hit the right note for Sanctuary and, right, looks at a CD success story

From rural idyll to local 'rat run'

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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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links