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Amanda Knox's memoir 'Waiting to be Heard' will be published in April despite her retrial

Still Waiting to Be Heard? Amanda Knox memoir put on hold in UK over libel law fears

Publication of a memoir by Amanda Knox, who stood trial in Italy for the murder of Meredith Kercher, has been put on ice in the UK over legal fears.

Lady Thatcher owned a home in Belgravia’s Chester Square

Death of Margaret Thatcher: Golden years add a silver lining to Iron Lady's bank accounts

Margaret Thatcher died a multi-millionaire, having made the same discovery as other prime ministers before and since that she could make more money in semi-retirement than when she was in office.

Margaret Thatcher to have final word with approved new posthumous autobiography

Margaret Thatcher will have the final word on her life and times when a new autobiography, produced in accordance with her wishes, is published later this week.

Amanda Knox's memoir 'Waiting to be Heard' will be published in April despite her retrial

Waiting to be Heard: Amanda Knox to go ahead with book promotion despite retrial

Her memoir 'Waiting to be Heard' is due to be published at the end of April

Jo Wood is taking herself off on a pilgrimage to Kathmandu

Jo Wood 'offered drugs to her children'

Jo Wood, the former wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie, has told how she offered some of her children drugs to try when they were growing up.

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Penguin settles with US over claims of e-book price setting

Penguin has agreed to settle with the United States government over allegations of price-setting with Apple in the e-book market.

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The definition of luxury: tea with Alan Bennett

Rupert Murdoch axes digital newspaper The Daily amid revamp

The announcement comes after the news that current NI chief executive Tom Mockridge will step down at the end of the year

IoS Books of the Year 2012: Pop music

Some heavyweight rockers are lined up to compete for your attention this Christmas. Just remember, size isn't everything

Penguin: Set to join Random House

Pearson's Penguin joins Random House

Pearson agreed to combine its Penguin publishing unit with Bertelsmann's Random House to create by far the largest book publisher in Britain and the United States.

Murdoch's News Corp joins the battle to p-p-p-ick up Penguin

News Corporation is preparing to make a cash offer worth as much as £1bn for Pearson's Penguin Group, throwing plans to merge the major book publisher with rival Random House into disarray.

Observations: Erotica's time has finally come again

Thanks to the swelling popularity of EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey, the sight of commuters reading erotica on public transport is commonplace. In the early Seventies, however, it was a rare thrill. So recalls author Brian Aldiss, now 86, whose first sex-themed novel, The Hand-Reared Boy, was published in 1970.

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