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

Black Sheep

A genetically modified hybrid of 'Shaun the Sheep' and 'Shaun of the Dead', 'Black Sheep' is one of the few horror comedies that deliver both in the horror and comedy departments. Merrily sending up several of New Zealand's national stereotypes, it's a deranged, gory but neated plotted yarn set on a sheep farm which is far from organic. The owner's experiments have had diabolical results, and when his estranged brother visits the homestead, he's just in time to witness the ewes changing into carnivorous woolly bullies which, in turn, change everyone they bite into weresheep.

America hit by the unlikeliest of crazes: knitting

Maybe there are just not enough babies being born in America. Whatever the reason, knitting nuts across the land have taken their skills outdoors, creating crocheted coverings for everything from whole trees to door knobs and park benches. It is almost as if Cristo suddenly went stitch-crazy.

Paperback: The Solitude of Thomas Cave, by Georgina Harding

Bloomsbury £7.99 (237pp)

Otis Taylor, Recpaturing The Banjo

Label: Newnote

Paperback: White Heat, by Dominic Sandbrook

Abacus £12.99

Five Best: Summer events in Estoril

Dancers, musicians, windsurfers, show-jumpers, artists and chefs are all set to sparkle in Estoril, says Frank Partridge

Miles Kington: Why it's important to view an artist's sketch

'It's always the executives who escape to art or mountaineering - never the other way round'

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 2

Del Horno punishes Mido's indiscretion

Now, that's a fine example of Yorkshire bluff

Flamborough Head is a haven for seabirds and a beacon for sailors. Mark Rowe goes exploring

Talking Jazz

Obituary: June Bronhill

WHILST ELIZABETH Forbes's interesting obituary of June Bronhill [28 January] mentioned her many operetta roles, write Geoffrey and Margaret Batten, it did not refer specifically to her involvement in three memorable Offenbach productions at Sadler's Wells: Orpheus in the Underworld in 1960, followed by La Belle Helene and La Vie parisienne. These had sparkling new English translations by Geoffrey Dunn and were brilliantly directed by Wendy Toye.

Jenny Uglow: Ideas are produced by groups, not romantic genius

From a talk by the biographer to the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, Queen Mary, University of London

Hockey: Hawes confirms Britain's upsurge

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Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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Jokes on Hollywood

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