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Alain de Botton is probably anticipating sceptical reviews of his new book. It is unfortunate that, as a philosophical analysis of the news media, it is bound to be assessed by the very outlets, often resistant to change, that it seeks to correct.

The John Lennon Letters, Edited by Hunter Davies

This long-awaited collection of John Lennon's letters shine a light on an era, and the man

Police probing 120 leads in Jimmy Savile sex abuse inquiry

Police are looking at 120 lines of inquiry and possibly as many as 25 victims relating to the Jimmy Savile sex abuse claims, they said today.

Joan Smith: The culture of impunity, then and now

You're in your 20s, driving home from a meeting on a winter night with a much older colleague. Suddenly he suggests pulling into a layby to have sex with you. You're aghast but you stay calm and tell him to keep driving. Do you complain to your boss? The man is senior to you and has been at the company for years. Complain to your union? He's a union official.

A War of Choice, By Jack Fairweather

Gripping, shocking, admirably terse, this is the story of the bloody mess after the fast 2003 victory in Iraq.

Search widens as deadline to release April suspect nears

All 44 police forces in England and Wales are now helping in the hunt for missing five-year-old April Jones, it emerged last night, as officers and search teams continued their efforts through driving rain in Machynlleth.

Paolo Gabriele, far right, in the courtroom of the Vatican tribunal yesterday

Vatican judges order investigation into the treatment Pope’s former butler after lawyer claims her client had been kept in inhumane conditions

Vatican judges ordered an investigation into the treatment of the Pope’s former butler today after his lawyer claimed her client had been kept in inhumane conditions since his arrest over the “Vatileaks” scandal.

Lynn Barber: I was nervous when I told Jimmy Savile, 'People say you like little girls'

The following is an extract from an interview with Sir Jimmy Savile by Lynn Barber that appeared in The Independent on Sunday in 1990.

The new novel based on love life of the French President, François Hollande, has turned into a state scandal

Hollande's 'women' at war for ten years, book claims

The love triangle at the pinnacle of the French state is a tangled saga of conflict between passion and duty, ambition and self-destruction, according to a book published yesterday.

The show included a representation of the Big Bang followed by a Busby Berkeley model of an expanding universe

First Night: Paralympic Opening Ceremony, Olympic Stadium

From Sir Ian McKellen's take on The Tempest to Orbital's Spasticus Autisticus, this was an epic adventure

Burma abolishes direct media censorship in the latest in a flurry of democratic reforms taking place in the country

Burma has said it is abolishing direct censorship of the media, in the latest in a flurry of democratic reforms taking place in the country.

Moors murderer Ian Brady at the time of his arrest in 1964

Winnie Johnson's family approves Ian Brady documentary

A TV documentary about Moors murderer Ian Brady will air tonight with the approval of Winnie Johnson's family, broadcaster Channel 4 confirmed.

The Blagger's Guide To: WilL Self

So, Will, can a sesquipedalian be lost for words?

Natalie Haynes: Hooray for diarists like Burton

I'm never entirely sure what the difference is between a movie actor and a movie star, but I think the ability to render the phrase, "Broadsword calling Danny Boy", the most explosive words in the English language, even for just a couple of hours, might define it. Richard Burton was a movie star in every sense: from the weak strongman, Mark Antony, right through to the screen-munching menace he brought to O'Brien in 1984.

Emeli Sande’s repeat appearances divided opinion

Olympic closing ceremony: Cynicism's comeback gig

For the last fortnight, the nation has been uncharacteristically enthusiastic and, well, nice. But the Olympic closing ceremony saw us getting back to our snarky selves...

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