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Where are you now and what can you see?

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.

Letter: Defying the Nazis

Sir: Julia Pascal commits a grave injustice when she asserts that Ambrose Sherwill, the first president of Guernsey's Controlling Committee, was "the only island politician to come out of this history [the registration of Jews as demanded by the German occupation authorities in the Second World War] with real honour".

Books: Hoarse whisperers forbidden

Animals take star parts as top actors read spoken-word tapes for children. Christina Hardyment applauds them

Letter: Book now

Sir: No wonder Peter Lemesurier (Right of Reply, 6 July) is unable to endorse Nostradamus's apparent prophecy that the world will end in 1999. In his Gods of the Dawn (HarperCollins, 1998), Mr Lemesurier has already earmarked the autumn of 2569 for "the final physical extinction of terrestrial humanity" (page 109).

Revealed: why aardvark isn't such a silly name after all

Do words have the same impulse as builders called A1 Construction - to come top of a list?

Time for mums to welcome dads to the family

Fathers are neglecting their children, according to a new report. But are mothers making it too easy for them to do so?

Diamond's cancer book shortlisted

THE COLUMNIST John Diamond's account of his struggle against cancer has been short-listed for Britain's biggest literary prize for non-fiction.

Books: Deadpan McGann and the bad aural sex prize

It's the way you tell it: new audio books

Books: Bestsellers

Reaching parts that no other charity can, Red Nose Day has infiltrated the bestseller lists this week: Five Go Mad in the Kitchen, published to coincide with yesterday's event and containing an enthusiastic collection of recipes, not necessarily all of which one would want to eat, goes straight in at number one on the non-fiction lists. That leaves Alan Titchmarsh free to challenge the position in a week's time.

Books: Spoken Word

Cereus Blooms at Night

News Corp in attack on costs

NEWS CORPORATION, the media conglomerate run by Rupert Murdoch, has set a target of cutting 3 per cent off operating costs across all businesses. Lachlan Murdoch, appointed senior executive vice-president of News Corp last week and favourite to succeed his father, will be in charge of implementing the programme.

Books: Heroes and villains of 1998

After a hyperactive year in books, The Literator is seeing stars - and turkeys

Inside Business: Culture? It's time to define your terms

CULTURE is the great intangible of business, writes Roger Trapp. Everybody talks about it, but few know what to do about it.

Books: Independent Choice New British whodunnits

Pick of the Week: Freeze My Margarita by Lauren Henderson Hutchinson, pounds 10, 304pp

Books: Independent choice - Bridget Jones clones

Welcome to the post-Bridget Jones generation of heroines, invariably single, of fluctuating weight, fond of cardigans and more familiar than is strictly healthy with Saturday night TV schedules. Nothing very "post" about that, you might say. But if Bridget Jones appealed as Everywoman, Jane Green's Jemima J (Penguin, pounds 5.99), Isabel Wolff's The Trials of Tiffany Trott (HarperCollins, pounds 5.99) and Clare Naylor's Catching Alice (Coronet, pounds 5.99) are ambivalent about the extent to which they want their readers to identify with their characters and crises - be it blowing the fuses with the hairdryer, or the all-absorbing search for a man.

BEST-SELLERS: HARDBACKS

1 Sharpe's Triumph Bernard Cornwell Harper Collins pounds 16.99
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness