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Writer and philosopher whose work, beginning with ‘The Outsider’, searched for the meaning of man’s existence

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Why classical programmes need to be more readable

Concert notes are off-putting and incomprehensible, says Nicola Christie

LSE students continue Gaza protest

More than 40 students were continuing their sit-in at the London School of Economics today in protest at the conflict in Gaza.



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Katy Guest appeals to men to dance better. But not to overdo it ...

Leading article: Happy days

Is there anything so relentlessly pursued and yet so badly defined as happiness? The Halifax bank carried out a survey two years ago to find Britain's happiest locality. Using criteria such as employment levels, house prices and salaries, it identified Elmbridge in Surrey as the most blissful enclave in the land.

Gigi, Open Air Theatre Regent's Park, London

"Thank 'eavens for leedul girls/ For leedul girls get beeger every day." The Lerner and Loewe musical Gigi is not going to win any awards for political correctness with its story of a girl being groomed for the family business of high-class prostitution. So you could argue that it's wittily defiant of the Open Air Theatre to stage a revival now. This was the first musical I was taken to see at the cinema as a toddler and no one thought it incongruous. How times have changed.

Spreading the gospel of the garden shed

On the eve of National Shed Week, Emma Townshend meets a man who wants to give us all some hut love

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Shaw's classic revels in timeless themes and a talented cast; by contrast a Brecht revival seems didactic and dull

Dan H. Laurence: George Bernard Shaw scholar

Dan H. Laurence was the bibliographer's bibliographer. In the painstaking search for the publications, in any form, of any writer, no one else was more pertinacious and skilful. Books and signed articles were easy, although he was adept at spotting unrecorded variant issues. But when it came to tracing a letter to a newspaper, an anonymous paragraph or some other ephemeral piece, with no more to go on than a vague or casual mention in an author's correspondence, he was in his element.

Lost for words: The misery of a deleted manuscript

It&rsquo;s every author&rsquo;s worst nightmare: what would you do if the book you&rsquo;d so carefully written was accidentally deleted? Anna Pavord had to face such a crisis. But as she discovered, she&rsquo;s not the first writer to be cruelly separated from her work

Millionaire author 'was killed for his identity'

A reclusive millionaire was battered to death by a conman who stole his identity to siphon thousands of pounds from his accounts, a court heard yesterday.

The extraordinary case of Britain's most secret murder trial

Financier will be tried behind closed doors for killing of man who took last picture of George Bernard Shaw

James Lawton: Mourinho must remain true to principles in face of Abramovich's foolish meddling

Whatever you think of Mourinho's style, he is plainly one of the best

Voices, by Arnaldur Indridason (translated by Bernard Scudder)

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