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Colleague 'knew Tommy Sheridan visited sex club'

A long-standing friend and colleague of Tommy Sheridan knew the politician had visited a swingers' club two years before the publication of the allegations in the News of the World newspaper, a court heard today.

IoS letters, emails & online postings (17 October 2010)

It is stomach-churning to have the millionaires who run the Government continually preach Joseph Goebbels-like on the "fairness" of what they are about to do to us: to us, not to themselves ("David Cameron: What you receive should depend on how you behave", 10 October).

Judge rejects bid to dismiss JK Rowling 'copying' claim

Harry Potter author JK Rowling may have to defend herself at the High Court against an allegation of copying her ideas from an earlier obscure children's book writer.

J K Rowling tops list of Britain's most influential women

Magazine editors select figures 'inspirational' to their female readers

Errors & Omissions: Campaign against overworked pronouns gets off on the right track

Last week this column launched a campaign against the habit of making the same pronoun stand for two or more different people in the course of a single sentence. The campaign has got off to an excellent start.

'There is a light at the end of the tunnel': Why novelist Alan Garner's reality is tinged with mysticism

Fifty years on from his first novel and it's still unclear whether Alan Garner is in touch with an alternative reality or just the 'dream-maker' he claims. Here, he explains how he died three times and why spending two years in the foetal position is not the best career move

MS Society's plan to close care homes angers membership

A bitter row has engulfed a leading charity over plans to close its respite centres for people with multiple sclerosis. The dispute will culminate tomorrow in a vote of no confidence in the trustees of the MS Society after campaigners collected more than 30,000 signatures opposing the closure of the four centres which currently provide respite for nearly 1,400 people a year.

Neil Warnock: The madness of deadline day - juggling calls to Portsmouth and America as the clock ticks down

The transfer window shut nearly two weeks ago yet it took until Thursday for us to tie down our deals. It's been an absolute nightmare, worse than ever. In the end we have had to arrange a series of emergency loans to sign Tommy Smith, but at least we've got him, and Rob Hulse.

In memory of her mother, J K Rowling's £10m for MS

At 45, J K Rowling is now the same age as her mother was when she succumbed to the ravages of multiple sclerosis. Anne Rowling's untimely death in 1990 – five years before her daughter first gave the world Harry Potter – has had a profound and lasting influence on the writer, who has been a vocal champion for sufferers of the degenerative disease ever since.

DVD: Percy Jackson and...For retail & rental, (20th Century Fox)

Harry Potter meets Clash of the Titans, as a schoolboy (Logan Lerman) discovers he's the super-powered son of Poseidon.

20 best Puffin children's books

To celebrate 70 years of Puffin books the publisher has released a list of its 70 favourite children’s titles.

Boyd Tonkin: Secret passions of an author at Number 10

The Week In Books

JK Rowling brands Harry Potter plagiarism claims 'absurd'

JK Rowling hit out at plagiarism claims against her Harry Potter series as "unfounded" and "absurd" today.

D-Day is coming: Why Dan Brown's latest novel is guaranteed to be a success

Dan Brown's release is the latest in an impressive line of 'event' book launches that the publishing industry runs like military campaigns. Danuta Kean discovers how to market a guaranteed blockbuster

Da Vinci code author 'tops Oxfam donation list'

His new novel is tipped to set new global sales records - but Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown's works are revealed today as the books most likely to be offloaded to second-hand shops.

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