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I’m at the BBC recording Front Row and apparently I’m looking at a brass bust of Henry Wood. The statue is in the foyer.

'Stig' identity case reaches High Court

A bid to prevent the revelation of the identity of Top Gear's mystery driver The Stig began in private at the High Court today.

Boyd Tonkin: Wylie's proposition looks full of holes. Does he care? I doubt it

In Homer's epic, Odysseus is a cunning trickster who has a knack of duping monsters and outwitting giants. They huff and puff, but he always comes out ahead. In the few days since news emerged that super-agent Andrew Wylie is to bypass publishers with his own bespoke list of "Odyssey Editions" e-books, the Homeric parallel has held.

Diary: Goalless Rooney dropped

England's World Cup exit is having a convulsive effect on the publishing trade. Remember Wayne Rooney's staggering £5m deal with HarperCollins in 2006, to produce five volumes of autobiography over the course of his career (His agent said it would be "like the Star Wars series")? One of the tomes was to be a diary of the lads' glorious 2010 campaign in South Africa. Only now that the shirty Number 10 is sunbathing in Barbados without a single goal to his name, the book has been quietly shelved. It's unfortunate: an insider's account of the dysfunctional England camp would doubtless make compelling reading, which is why Fabio Capello has already been offered £1m for his side of the story – and nobly declined, preferring his FA salary. It's also, we must assume, the reason another HarperCollins title, Why England Lose, is climbing the charts, and was just named The Bookseller magazine's book of the week. Meanwhile, Totally Frank, the memoir of Rooney's fellow mis-firer Frank Lampard, has been appearing on booksellers' websites under the title "Totally Rank". A mistake, apparently.

The 50 best Mother's Day treats

Need gift ideas for the mum who has everything? Rhiannon Batten suggests perfect pampering products, memorable meals and wonderful weekends away

Internet prompts the publishing itch in over-60s

The Internet is helping older British readers rekindle a love of books and writing, and an overwhelming majority of senior citizens see the medium as a positive development, according to a survey.

Apple expected to release tablet on 27 January

Apple will host a special event on 27 January where it is widely expected to unveil its tablet computer, as the company looks to extend its hot hand into a brand new product category.

The Diary: The Enchanted Pig, Delaroche, Sarah Palin, Ruth Padel and Spencer Tunick's 'naked' installations

When playing a pig is no fairy tale

Swine flu threatened to hamper the progress of the Royal Opera House's rehearsals of 'The Enchanted Pig', Jonathan Dove's opera for children, which opens in the Linbury Studio Theatre on 11 December.

Sarah Palin 'going rogue' with early memoir release

Sarah Palin, last year's Republican vice-presidential candidate who became a figure of global fascination, is to release her memoir just four months after her book deal was announced.

How to build a treehouse

Let's be blunt. Building a decent treehouse is really hard. It takes something like 60 man hours start to finish and costs more than £100 in wood and materials. In other words, it's a job for dads. We are well aware of the satisfaction gained from nailing bits of wood to a tree, but for something that looks right, is strong and safe and will last more than just a few months, you need a bit more than that.

Credo: Guillermo del Toro

Film-maker/writer, 45

Jade Goody final months to be chronicled in new book

The final months of Jade Goody’s battle with cancer are to be detailed in a new book.

Rising Star: Camilla Lackberg

Just at the moment, many economists must be pondering an alternative profession. Camilla Läckberg proves the benefits of making that break.

Hot property – boy, 9, who wrote 'How to Talk to Girls'

In the world of boy-meets-girl dating, you don't have to be old – or even the right side of puberty – to be wise. This we know from the newfound fame of nine-year-old Alec Greven from Colorado, author of America's latest self-help book that is now set to become a major Hollywood film, How to Talk to Girls.

Film biographies: Stars and gripes

Christopher Fowler finds more to enjoy in the biographies of cinema's older generation

The truth about Brown and Mandelson

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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