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Fans will undoubtedly buy tickets, but let's hope it isn't a massive let-down

All aboard to meet your favourite authors

Authors will invariably do anything to help shift a few more copies of their books. Virgin Trains are offering authors the chance to do book signings on its West Coast route from September. Several authors have already signed up: Jo Nesbo, Joanna Trollope and comedian Ruby Wax.

Paul Merton

My Edinburgh: Paul Merton - At least I haven't been beaten up this year

I have been coming to the Edinburgh Fringe for 29 years and I've had some dramatic times. In 1986, I was attacked in the street as I helped Neil Mullarkey from the Comedy Store Players to put up posters. We were in the wrong place at the wrong time - midnight - and we were English. I got kicked in the head. Then in 1987 I broke my leg playing football, which led to a blood clot on my lung. And then I contracted Hepatitis A, which the doctor told me I probably caught from the hospital food. It was a pretty grim place then.

JK Rowling offered her latest work under a pseudonym to other publishers but was rejected

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The book only sold 1,500 copies under Rowling's pseudonym, Robert Galbraith

JK Rowling: the top storyteller of her generation will appear, like a seraph descended from heaven, to meet her public

JK Rowling donned an invisibility cloak for bestselling novel ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’

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JK Rowling offered her latest work under a pseudonym to other publishers but was rejected

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Fifty Shades of Grey and JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy are all too putdownable

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What really annoys MPs is that the executives at Ipsa who control their salary are so much better paid

Kazakhstan dictator heaps praise on David Cameron and says he would vote for him

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From the Marauder’s Map to The Quibbler: Graphic art from the Harry Potter films goes on show

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Daniel Radcliffe has revealed there is something missing in his life

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But 23-year-old star says he’s had enough of his most famous role

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal announces expansion of Harry Potter theme park

Fans of Harry Potter and magic, rejoice: Universal Orlando is expanding its Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a new area based on the books' fictional scenes in Diagon Alley and London.

Double Negative gets positive about quality TV

Britain's biggest movie visual-effects (VFX) company made a significant move into quality television yesterday as a direct result of George Osborne's decision to give the sector tax breaks.

James Bond and other fictional stars whose names were changed

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Richard Griffiths in 'The History Boys' at the National Theatre

'My beloved Uncle Monty': Tributes pour in for Withnail And I actor Richard Griffiths following death at 65

Born in North Yorkshire, Griffiths was famous for his roles in the Harry Potter series, Withnail And I, and The History Boys

Working form home of from your nearest coffee shop?

Turn your home office into a coffee shop (kind of) with website that produces that Starbucks ambience

So many people work “from home” at their local coffee shop now that many independent chains are forced to erect signs gently reminding these Wi-fi hogs to, y’know, buy another cup o’joe now and again.

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