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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.

The Round House, By Louise Erdrich

This coming-of-age story of trauma and survival among the Ojibwe never veers into polemic

David Beckham next to Luis Figo at the world player of the year awards in 2001

James Lawton: David Beckham has taken more credit for himself than anyone else could give

There was never a time when he was among the world top 10, let alone the top two

A colour enhanced MRI image of the brain shows one of the theories into what may be the chemical basis for Schizophrenia. Researchers have found reduced receptors for dopamine in the brain (areas colourized)

We need to change the way we talk about schizophrenia

If we only ever talk about schizophrenia in the context of a violent murder, is it any surprise that the public think people with mental illness are dangerous?

The FA have shown little sympathy towards fans facing a long journey to and from Wembley

Northerners will head down south for the FA Cup final - but we're not fans of the transport network

The options available are inflexible, expensive and time-consuming

5 Big Fat Myths about Gypsies, Travellers and Roma

Gypsies all have big fat weddings and live in caravans or come from Eastern Europe and are constantly thinking about migrating to the UK to live on benefits, right? Wrong

David Bowie: Thin White Duke’s long, puzzling word-list revealed

Never ask an artist to explain their work. Not, at least, if you want to understand it. American novelist Rick Moody, best known for The Ice Storm, broke this golden rule when he asked David Bowie to provide a “work-flow diagram” for his latest album The Next Day.

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Lesley Sharp, Actress

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Philippe Jordan, Orchestre de L'Opéra De Paris Debussy, Stravinsky, Ravel (Naïve)

Album review: Philippe Jordan, Orchestre de L'Opéra De Paris Debussy, Stravinsky, Ravel (Naïve)

The Orchestre de l'Opéra de Paris has supported adventurous ballet productions throughout the past century, and here offers a spirited programme of three iconic works of late-19th/early-20th-century modernism, now such staples of the canon it's hard to imagine the outrage they once incited.

Paperback review: The Green Road into the Trees, By Hugh Thomson

Hugh Thomson sets off to walk through England by ancient pathways from Dorset to Norfolk.

St Helens 12 Catalan Dragons 22 report: Shaven Catalans prove to be a cut above Saints

Morgan Escare pressed his claims for a World Cup spot as Catalan Dragons condemned St Helens to a third defeat in four games. The French team, sporting shaven heads in support of a children’s cancer charity, were too good for their hosts as they rounded off a week’s camp with an impressive third away victory of the season.

Ken Clarke (left) and Margaret Thatcher with Norman Tebbit at the 1985 Conservative Party conference in Blackpool

Margaret Thatcher's funeral set for Wednesday 17 April as stalwart Kenneth Clarke accuses left and right of peddling 'myths' over former prime minister

Debate over former prime minister's legacy intensifies as ex-chancellor says 'she took no notice of opinion polls'

Paperback review: The Science of Monster, By Matt Kaplan

Matt Kaplan's study asks why human beings feel compelled to create monsters.

Paperback review: A Case of Hysteria, By Sigmund Freud

One of only three case histories (the others are the "rat man" and the "wolf man"), Freud's account of "Dora", the young woman who identified her father's friend, Herr K, as the cause of her "hysterical" reactions when he sexually propositioned her, is probably his most famous.

Actress Juliet Stevenson to star in Greek myths and legends drama Atlantis

Juliet Stevenson to star in BBC's Greek myths drama Atlantis

Mark Addy and Juliet Stevenson are to head the cast of BBC1's family fantasy series Atlantis, which is to be screened later this year.

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