Voices Public pain: Valérie Trierweiler has to still to endure the humiliation of facing the world

Being beautiful, successful and rich doesn’t protect you from pain, but when endured in the spotlight, the results can be devastating

Cycling: 'Only with 2km to go did I know I would finish'

Mont Ventoux proves gruelling for the Tour's pros, so how would an amateur rider survive the climb? Simon O'Hagan tells of the pain and the gain

The Gathering Night, By Margaret Elphinstone

This beguiling historical novel imagines the inner and emotional lives of Mesolithic-era humans

Britain returns to thrifty domesticity

A revival of 1950s style domesticity has swept Britain due to the economic downturn. Consumers are applying a do-it-yourself attitude to all areas of daily life by making clothes, growing vegetables and dying their own hair.

Friday The 13th (18)

Ooh, look at the date: high-fives all round for the marketing department.

Simon Carr: It's going to be a long, hard road to defend our liberties

Never mind what it does to us, what does it do to our political class?

DVD: The Diary of Anne Frank (12)

The holocaust has long been a byword in film and television for the kind of over-emotional representation that is so easily spun out of a profoundly dark period of human history, and the staggering weight that constant historical and dramatical reinterpretation have brought to bear has been particularly pressing on the retelling of the story of Anne Frank.

Why granny would approve

Thrift is hip, says Annie Deakin. Gone are the days of throwaway fashion as the long-forgotten era of make do and mend is back

Independent Appeal: Weaving their way out of deprivation

A hammock-making co-operative in El Salvador is giving disabled people the confidence and skills they need to become self-reliant. Guy Adams reports

Stephenson shows up on day of disappearing defences

Bath 35 Glasgow 31

Fabric of life: Selvedge magazine celebrates its fifth birthday

Is it possible to produce a magazine about textiles that is hip and authoritative? Well, yes!

Knitting success

Up-and-coming designer Simone Shailes latest collection of chunky knitwear just picked up the L'Oreal Professionnel Fashion Design award at the Top Shop-sponsored New Gen exhibition at London Fashion Week. Indy Student managed to lure her away from canapés and the catwalk for a chat about how she went from knitting with her nan to kitting-out Kylie.

Lithuania Under-21 0 Scotland Under-21 3: Stark reminder as young Scots close down leaders

Scotland kept up their bid to qualify for next summer's Uefa Under-21 Championship with an impressive victory in Lithuania. Goals from Scott Arfield, Ross McCormack and Kevin McDonald ensured Billy Stark's side moved up to second in Group Six on goal difference, two points behind leaders Finland.

Observations: Weaving a new thread

Tapestry often seems banished to a no man's land between art, craft and design. But with the opening of a stunning new creative centre and a home for Dovecot – which houses Scotland's Dovecot Studios of tapestry weavers and rug tufters – this ancient art is coming out of the shadows. The premises, which opened last week, combine a centre for craft and design allied to a working studio making it the world's top place for tapestry. This gallery and workspace, created out of the shell of Edinburgh's Infirmary Street Baths, looks set to create quite a splash.

St Helens 28 Catalans 10: Gardner cleans up to put Saints second

Mick Potter's future looked marginally brighter than his present as the side he will coach next year beat the one now in his charge. Despite being well below their best for long periods, Saints' victory takes them above the Catalans and into second place in the Super League table.

All For a Few Perfect Waves, by David Rensin

Miki "Da Cat" Dora was a Malibu surfing legend. He was also a petty thief, jailbird, scrounger and unreliable lover, who never held down a regular job in his life. Leaving California in the Sixties, disgusted by what he regarded as the over-commercialisation of the surf scene there, he moved restlessly around the world in search of uncrowded waves, his travels often funded by credit-card scams which eventually caught up with him, before returning home to die in 2002 at the age of 67.

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Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
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The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

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Hacked photos: the third wave

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Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

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It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

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'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style