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Private Alex Stringer, of the Royal Logistic Corps, was 20 when he was blown up in Afghanistan: "The reason I lost my left leg so high up is because the burning paint cooked my left leg all the way down to the bone. But if I hadn't set myself on fire, I would have bled out and died – as a result of it, all the arteries became cauterised".

Words: Candied, adj.

BRIGHTON STAYS true to Graham Greene's spirit. He once spotted 37 misprints in a page of The Times. "Entertoinment" has a fine Cockney ring and "rampaign", combining in one word the ideas of campaign and rampage in an article on vandalism, deserves to find a permanent place in the OED.

Letter: Africa's agony

Sir: I thought the Alex Duval Smith article about the conflict in Sierra Leone was compassionate in a Graham Greene-esque sort of way but not serious about the political situation in this horrific war. This is a democratically elected government and its electorate trying to defend its capital city from an army of well-armed and sadistic thugs.

No prizes for peace as Nobel judges fall out over literature shortlist

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Travel: Our man in Berkhamsted

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Travel: Murder, suicide and a sticky pink sweet

Graham Greene created a notorious image of Brighton in

Classic dolls' houses for sale

A UNIQUE collection of dolls' houses, owned by the widow of the novelist Graham Greene, is to be auctioned following the closure of her private museum.

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Revealed: Graham Greene's restless, tortured last years

The `burnt out' novelist rarely spent more than three weeks in one place, his biographer tells Vanessa Thorpe

Personal Finance: Your first fortune

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Mary Bell: ice is the antidote to sympathy for the devil

THE devil has many masks. Most recently, it has emerged in the form of a 41-year-old mother called Mary Bell. A few of us, including Gitta Sereny and myself, believe that these devils are the figment of heated overripe imaginations. Peel back the mask and you'll find a very human face.

Books: Tonstant Weader Fwowed Up

You scratch my back, I'll stab yours ...Valentine Cunningham finds blood on the books pages

choice: play

Klaxons, Trumpets and Raspberries, Gate Theatre, London W11 (0171- 229 0706)

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