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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.

Books: Paperback top 10

1 Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

Books: No place of safety

A Game We Play by Simona Vinci, trans. Minna Proctor Chatto & Windus, pounds 10, 144pp; When Sian Williams read this novel with a view to translating it, she had to fight off tears. Yet she argues that we should all face its horrors

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Film: Egoyan's take on Everyman

Atom Egoyan's adaptation of Felicia's Journey is that rare thing - a close collaboration between director and novelist.

In the never-never land of literary party people

Comedians and chefs, poets and politicians: they are all part of the fellowship of the book

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1 Amsterdam Ian McEwan/Vintage pounds 6.99

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1 The Grown-Ups' Book of Books Adult Book of Books pounds 1.00

What Does It Take To Win A Literary Prize?: Literary award with more twists than a good novel

MONEY CAN'T buy you love. Sometimes, in the confusing world of the literary prize, a lorry-load of cash can't buy you any attention either. In France, the revered Prix Goncourt each year awards 50 francs (about pounds 5) to the winning novelist. As night follows day, that token offering will bring in its wake sales that can often reach seven figures, and a lifetime of guaranteed esteem.

Books: All sweetness and light in the new `Brief Encounter'

Michael Arditti strikes a sceptical note amid the tugged heartstrings of a lush romance; An Equal Music by Vikram Seth Phoenix House, pounds 15.99, 382pp

Books: Pick of the week - To "E" or not to "E".

Survival or oblivion: that is our quandary or, our curious task anyway, if you want to try to adapt a tragic royal Danish play without using a vital symbol of script. But why do this you ask. So as to play with stylistic forms which a group known as "Oulipo" still find artistically nourishing. This band of lunatic wordsmiths most notably had fun writing "lipograms" such as this - which inflicts particularly crazy vocabulary constraints.

The Revengers' Comedy

Hell hath no fury like an author defending her spouse. But the best place for literary revenge is in fiction. By David Lister

Prizes Galore

THE DAVID COHEN British Literature Prize is one of 225 literary prizes which will be awarded this year.Among them are:

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Reading: His basic unit of pleasure was the sentence

CENTENARY OF JORGE LUIS BORGES BRITISH LIBRARY LONDON

Need to know: The damage - Melanie Clulow tots up the cost of tinsel, tree, turkey, trimmings and toys

Recession, what recession? The average British household is expected to spend about pounds 800 over Christmas on presents, food and the oceans of alcohol required to take our minds off the impending thud of January's credit card bill. Add a substantial sum for cab fares and telephone charges incurred in the pursuit of this year's It toy: the Teletubbies-meets-Tamagotchi hybrid known as the Furby. Here's the rough cost for a family of four:
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