News Scott Simon, a broadcaster on the US National Public Radio network, staged a Twitter vigil for his terminally ill mother

The American radio broadcaster who won praise for his poignant tweets from the bedside of his terminally ill mother has disclosed that she died on Monday night.

The Elephant to Hollywood: The Autobiography, By Michael Caine

It's all in the sea salt...not a lot of people know that

Philip Hensher: Boastfulness is the new modesty

If you pick up the newspapers, read a random blog, watch the television, you won’t have to wait long before somebody offers up part of their life for your admiration

The tortured life of Mrs Helmut Kohl

A new book reveals that the former German leader's wife was raped as a child and hated life in the political spotlight

Reporter's killing shines light on dark side of Mumbai

For much of the two decades he spent working as a crime reporter, Jyotirmoy Dey spent his time chronicling the dark underbelly of India's financial capital, Mumbai. He wrote about gangland killings and police hit squads, about gangster dons and movie-star beauties. A towering 6ft 3in and quietly spoken, his byline was always J Dey.

Investigative journalist killed

Four attackers gunned down a well-known investigative journalist yesterday in the Indian commercial capital of Mumbai, escaping on motorcycles. Jay Dey was known for his reporting on Mumbai's underworld and had worked as investigative editor for the city's Mid-Day newspaper for more than 15 years, the paper said.

The Feral Beast: Novelist's friends snub 'Observer'

Leading authors have taken against The Observer, after one of its journalists went on a fishing expedition for colour on the novelist Alan Hollinghurst.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (12/06/11)

Serving is honour enough

The 50 best summer reads

Don't pack literary let-downs this year. Kate Watson-Smyth offers the hottest holiday books

Is an award the only way to guarantee an author's shelf life?

For today's authors, an award can make the difference between success and getting left at the bottom of the pile

Tom Sutcliffe: We'd all benefit from a bit of desexualisation

Social Studies: I can think of plenty of 42-year-olds who still aren't "emotionally-equipped" to deal with pornography

Steve Richards: Out of the media limelight, but obsessed with headlines

In some ways the Osborne/Brown technique is highly effective, conferring on elusive public figures a gravitas that ubiquity always undermines

Review of Doctor Who &lsquo;A Good Man Goes To War&rsquo;

The truth has now been revealed about River Song...

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, By Owen Jones

The chavs and the chav-nots

Sunset Park, By Paul Auster

Get yourself a life (or five)
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As provocative now as they ever were

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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

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Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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