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Fireworks light up the sky above Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics last night in London

Olympic opening ceremony 'most inspiring' 2012 television moment

Danny Boyle's triumphant Olympic opening ceremony has been hailed as one of the most inspiring TV moments of all time second only to the moon landing, according to an audience survey.

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver tops Christmas books charts for third consecutive time with 15-Minute Meals

Jamie Oliver is celebrating a third successive year with the best-selling Christmas book after his 15-Minute Meals title again topped the festive chart.

David Weir celebrates with his son Mason after winning the men’s marathon T54 yesterday

Paralympic champion David Weir awarded freedom of the city of London 

Paralympic champion David Weir has been awarded the freedom of the city of London in recognition of his sporting achievements.

JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy to get BBC1 drama adaptation

The Harry Potter author's first novel for adults is about a local council election in the fictional town of Pagford

IoS Books of the Year 2012: Literary fiction

All life is here: love, war, nuclear physics ... and golf

J K Rowling's first novel for adults is out next month

Heads Up: The Casual Vacancy

Expectations high for J K Rowling's adult debut

Women gain on men in Forbes list of top earning authors

With yearly estimated earnings of more than $90 million, prolific writer James Patterson is by far the highest earning author in the world but women are gaining ground, according to Forbes.com.

How we were spared the 'Howie Potter' franchise

Can Howie Potter, the geeky new arrival at Hogwarts High, use his magic spells to sweep cheerleader queen Hermione off to the prom?

Author E L James is looking to adapt her best-selling erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, for the big screen

Fifty Shades outsells Harry Potter

EL James's Fifty Shades trilogy has outsold JK Rowling's seven-book Harry Potter series on Amazon's UK site.

Leading article: A vision of Britain that unites us

Normal service may have resumed in terms of the weather in London yesterday, with yet more rain, but that won't have dampened the warm afterglow left in the nation's hearts and minds by Danny Boyle's wondrous and witty Opening Ceremony at the London Olympics.

JK Rowling's garden plan appears to be inspired by her own work

JK Rowling and the £250,000 magical land – in her garden

She has fired the imagination of millions of young readers across the world with her tales of the boy wizard Harry Potter and his fantastical battles against the evil Lord Voldemort.

Natalie Haynes: I don't want the world to know what I watch curled up on the sofa

Notebook: I can’t get past the belief that the rewards for the consumer are smaller than the rewards for the provider

JK Rowling adult novel published

X marks the spot for JK Rowling's first book since she called time on the Harry Potter saga.

Harry's Back: Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe

Revealed: Harry Potter is the Antichrist!

Boy magician is being portrayed as the Devil in disguise in Alan Moore's latest graphic novel

JK Rowling working to bring Harry Potter magic to PS3 "Wonderbook"

Sony reveal ambitious "digital pop-up book" at this year's E3 show.

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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain