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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.

Stars of The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park

Your chance to grass up the neighbours: 'Scratch and sniff' cannabis cards to be posted to thousands of UK homes by Crimestoppers to aid police crackdown on marijuana farms

Cards come with a list of 'signs to look out', as well as a paper panel which releases a strong odour of cannabis when scratched

Olivia Colman and David Tennant star in Broadchurch
Disney inspired? Bullshit by Kate Marshall

It may not be a Chris Ofili, but it's yours for £200: Cow dung painting titled 'Bullshit' goes on sale

Chris Ofili won the Turner Prize in 1998 for a portrait made (partly) with cow dung. But art collectors on a smaller budget than the Tate - which bought Ofili’s No Woman No Cry - can soon pick up a painting made with cow dung.

Eugene Jacques Bullard joined the French Flying Corps in 1917

Rise and fall of black America's first fighter pilot

Out of America: Honoured by the French as a war hero, Eugene Jacques Bullard ended his days as a lift operator

13 million people are living in poverty

Some 13 million people, including 3.6 million children, are living in poverty in the UK, a report claims today.

The West African manatee is one of the most curious and least known animals on earth

Cites conference: Little-known manatee breed in spotlight

Alongside the familiar rhinos and elephants, the future of another of Africa’s threatened big mammals will be tackled at the Cites conference – but this creature is far from familiar.

Officers' handling of rape cases has improved

It takes a lot of courage for women to report to the police when they’ve been through such a devastating crime as rape. The fear is that they won’t be believed and that is part of the modus operandi of the perpetrator. Plucking up the courage to talk to a police officer only to be disbelieved and then sent away – and for nothing to come of it – is therefore just horrendous.

'Cheer team if not Odemwingie,' says West Brom manager

Steve Clarke has urged West Bromwich Albion supporters not to let their feelings towards striker Peter Odemwingie affect their backing for the team in Saturday's home game with Sunderland.

Anonymity for the accused: Rape is different to other crimes, and we need to talk about why

If there are other victims out there, naming of the accused can encourage them to speak out. But if the accused is rich and powerful, their identity can act as a shield

Julia Gillard, Australian PM: 'This is an unhealed wound at the heart of our national story'

Australia takes symbolic step to recognising Aboriginal rights

Australia has taken a historic step towards recognising Aborigines as the nation’s original inhabitants.

Postcard from... Germany

Hindu devotees walk across pontoon bridges at Sangam

37 killed in stampede at Hindu festival in India: but still 110 million risk their lives to bathe in the Ganges

Bathing in this polluted river makes you clean… that’s faith

The garden gnome

Page 3 Profile: The garden gnome

How have garden gnomes made it into the news?

Neymar (left) was outplayed by Jack Wilshere at Wembley

Kevin Garside: Let's play like England, with nothing to fear but fear itself

Until recently the the country was oppressed by inferiority; not now

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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
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project