For a long time, the mentally ill were dumb and mute in literature. Inarticulacy surrounded those lumped together as Bedlamites: Jane Eyre’s classic “madwoman” in the attic, for instance, served as little more than a plot device, a thing to fear and loathe that got in the way of a Gothic romance.
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Wednesday 09 October 2013
The advertisement for Beats Pill, a portable speaker, was ruled as too sexually suggestive for broadcast on daytime TV
Sunday 06 October 2013
Veteran television and radio star Sir Terry Wogan has told how widespread rumours about Jimmy Savile used to sweep the BBC but nobody did anything about them.
Wednesday 02 October 2013
Feel like Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings missed the point of what was really going on in Middle-earth?
Monday 30 September 2013
The cost of the Scotland Yard investigation into the so-called “plebgate” affair, which led to the resignation of Andrew Mitchell as Chief Whip, has reached £237,000.
Paperback review: The Lure of the Honey Bird: The Storytellers of Ethiopia, By Elizabeth Laird Polygon
Sunday 22 September 2013
Working with the Ethiopian government, author Elizabeth Laird travelled the country to seek out rural storytellers and document their art. The Lure of the Honey Bird describes those journeys, which took her from the Simien Mountains to the restive Somalian borderlands and on to the walled city of Harar, former refuge of the poet Arthur Rimbaud.
Saturday 21 September 2013
Often underused, occasionally outrageously overused – a concierge can be the secret to a special escape.
Benefit cheats face 10 years in prison as Keir Starmer sets out 'tough' new Crown Prosecution Service guidelines
Monday 16 September 2013
Director of Public Prosecutions said those suspected of benefit cheating can now be charged under the Fraud Act
Saturday 14 September 2013
Do we really need another biography of George Best? After all, he produced four autobiographies of his own, albeit with hefty assists, and a search of his name in Amazon’s book section returns 15,412 hits. Yet it’s a truism that people are often the least reliable witnesses to what actually happened in their lives.
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Robin Robertson's fifth collection deepens and widens his characteristic territory: one that has become increasingly articulated, yet also more mysterious, from book to book. His profound debt to ballad tradition makes for story-telling poetry, often very beautiful and nearly always concerned with cruelty.
Saturday 07 September 2013
The peculiar flip-flop trajectory of Goldfrapp’s career continues with Tales of Us, on which they eschew the electropop of 2010’s Head First in favour of a more sensuous, intimate style that owes much to Kate Bush.
Tuesday 03 September 2013
Britain’s aircraft carrier programme faces further spiralling costs and the project remains a “high risk”, MPs have warned.
The CPS bends over backwards to help complainants in child sex abuse cases. It's kind, but is it fair?
Monday 02 September 2013
The guidelines on prosecuting these cases aim to avoid the old myths and stereotypes about victims and perpetrators. Instead they propagate a whole new set
Wednesday 28 August 2013
The renaming of rugby league grounds has reached a new low in Castleford. As of the 2014 season, the venue currently known as the Wish Communications Stadium will become the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Friday 23 August 2013
Candace Allen – who was there – explores the legacy of a day, and a vision, that endure
Monday 19 August 2013
David Phelan explores the world of zombies, explosive potatoes and in-app purchases
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 1 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 4 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 5 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'