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In interviews published today, Trierweiler says she “fell from a skyscraper” when she learned that Hollande was having an affair with an actress

The Social Animal: A Story of How Success Happens, By David Brooks

Nothing succeeds quite like analysing success

Lost for words: Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo in Michel Hazanavicius's enthralling 'The Artist'

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Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo

Actor Simon Callow says: 'My aunt dropped a bottle of whisky! But then she said, 'Well, you're an artist, they're all queer...'

'The day I came out': Celebrities reveal their very personal moments of truth

From the mum who thought it worse than a heroin addiction to the stern grandparent who wasn't bothered, coming out as gay can be easy or traumatic. Simon Callow, Stella Duffy, Ben Bradshaw and others tell Holly Williams about the ultimate moment of truth

You Can't Take it With You, Royal Exchange, Manchester (5/5)

Frank Capra's classic film It's a Wonderful Life has become as established  a landmark in the modern Christmas landscape as Dickens's story of Scrooge did in post-Victorian times.

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The outspoken star, who died yesterday, played the game with style. By Tim Rich

India's new jewel delights drivers

Hamilton hails new track but suffers grid penalty after setting fastest time in first practice session

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The small society: Is the idyll of the English village dead?

Not according to photographer Eamonn J McCabe, who tells Gillian Orr how he escaped London to document the beauty of rural Sussex's Firle

Book Of A Lifetime: Lolita, By Vladimir Nabokov

The summer after A-levels. I had promised myself that once all the cramming was over, I would buy 'Lolita'. I felt both furtive and outrageously adult as I purchased it in The Totnes Bookshop. I nurtured hazy notions of a racy read to ease my brain after all the Chaucer, imagining this was 'The Valley of the Dolls' with class.

A Woman Killed with Kindness, National Theatre: Lyttelton, London

The two chief female characters find themselves manhandled like pieces of furniture during the many stylised interludes where servants dart about shifting the scene in Katie Mitchell's striking, calculatedly provocative revival of A Woman Killed with Kindness. The director has relocated Thomas Heywood's domestic tragedy, written in 1603, to 1919 and she has underlined the connections between plot and subplot by juxtaposing the two households in a bravura split-stage effect (the superb design is by Lizzie Clachan and Vicki Mortimer) thus allowing for suggestive counterpoint and concurrent action.

Harriet Walker: Rights, wrongs, and the loss of the mother-in-law's dominion

We tend to shut up in the face of anti-social behaviour. Which is why Carolyn Bourne has garnered quite so much support for her actions

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Ryan Reynolds "snubbed" acting as a career when he was younger.

Album: Sarah Nixey, Brave Tin Soldiers (Black Lead)

In his excellent Britpop memoir Bad Vibes, Luke Haines remembers recruiting Nixey for Black Box Recorder largely on the basis that she had the ability to make all men fall in love with her. It's a power which, on this evidence, remains undiminished.

Sloane Crosley: ‘I can think of three male friends who fell in love the way one might fall into an open manhole’

Hello, my name is Sloane and I am a social back-up girl. Am I a priority for my closest friends? Of course, and they are a priority for me. But a disturbing trend has come to my notice. Not physically, but emotionally, I seem to be the default option for male friends when it comes to attending stuffy dinners with mum, or a co-worker's housewarmer.

Sea of Bees: Sweet and sad songs with a sting in the tale

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