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Fast Show star Charlie Higson considers setting up an online comedy channel

One of the stars behind The Fast Show is considering setting up an online comedy channel following the success of the show’s internet comeback last year.

Bloomsbury set to start a new chapter as India market thrives

Publisher Bloomsbury is to set up a new business in India to take advantage of growing demand from the country's English-speaking middle class.

James Daunt: 'Amazon are a ruthless, money-making devil, the consumer's enemy'

After the success of his eponymous chain, the new Waterstone's boss tells John Walsh why physical bookshops still have a future

DVD: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (12)

Harry Potter's film incarnation can now settle where he belongs – the pre-Christmas shopping melee.

Nicholas Lezard: It's no consolation to me, but some people are buying books

You know that advert for a writing course whose headline is "why not be a writer?" I always murmur the words "for the following reasons" after seeing it, and then run through some of them before moving on. Such as: poor rates of pay, the unhealthy lifestyle and the sheer tedium of writing, the only consolation, and scant consolation it is, being that one is incapable of earning a living in any other fashion.

University hopefuls add to their A-levels

Thousands of sixth-formers take on dissertations and community work to impress admissions staff

My Edinburgh: Paul Daniels, magician

Even though I love coming to Edinburgh at any time, I particularly love coming in August, when the wonderful madness of the Festival combined with the Fringe turns this beautiful city into a cross between Rio and Disney. Debbie and I had only been here for two days when we looked at each other over dinner and at the same time, with big grins on our faces, said: "Isn't this exciting?"

Mr Men books mark 40th anniversary

The Mr Men are celebrating their 40th birthday today.

A Dance with Dragons, By George R R Martin

Long, long ago, in a faraway land where nothing much happens...

The Blagger's Guide To... Edinburgh Book Festival

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Fake Potter accounts sold

Internet scammers are selling fake user accounts for the as yet unopened Harry Potter website, Pottermore.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (12A)

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Breaking Away, By Anna Gavalda (trs Alison Anderson)

Small, but perfectly formed

Video: JK works magic at Potter premiere

Harry Potter's creator, author JK Rowling, struggled with her emotions at the last ever premiere.

First Night: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Leicester Square, London

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