St. Paul's religious text re-discovered in Law Society's library

Imagine the late fine! Back at last, the holy book that someone 'borrowed' from St Paul's Cathedral library in the 1800s

The Missal of Sarum, that went missing from St Paul’s Cathedral, has now been found

The new Library of Birmingham, designed by Francine Houben; right, the library interior

First look: Birmingham's new £188m library - a sparkling cornerstone of the city's rebirth

It has more than twice the capacity of its predecessor, and is at the forefront of the city’s latest regeneration

The News Matrix: Thursday 29 August 2013

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From Harry Potter to high-tech glass domes, these universities have some serious libraries to their names

The loss of happiness: Giacomo Leopardi

Book review: Zibaldone, By Giacomo Leopardi, eds. Michael Caesar, Franco D'Intino

This extraordinary 'mish-mash' opens up the creative workshop of Italy's great Romantic poet

The 1863 Football Association Minute Book contains the 13 original laws of football

1863 football rule book given 'rightful place' alongside Magna Carta in British Library

The handwritten book by Ebenezer Cobb Morley contains the 13 original laws of football

Russell Twisk: Editor of The Listener and Reader's Digest

Russell Twisk was a journalist and editor who topped the masthead of two of the UK’s largest circulation magazines, The Listener and the Reader’s Digest, over a period of two decades.

Dave Johns as Entwhistle, Kyle Secor as Andy and Omid Djalili as Red

Edinburgh 2013: The Shawshank Redemption- Omid Djalili stars as hardened murdered Red

This year’s main production in the Assembly Rooms brings comedian Omid Djalili back to the “legitimate” stage – he’s already played Fagin in Oliver! and an insane doctor in Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw — in the Morgan Freeman role of Red, the hardened murderer and Mr Fixit in the Maine County gaol, Shawshanks; Red befriends the innocent banker, Andy Dufresne – Tim Robbins on screen – who is convicted of killing his wife and her lover.

Vaughan: his work was described by one film-maker as ‘so simple, unostentatious and yet so perfect’

Wendy Woods: Activist who with her husband, Donald, struggled against apartheid

Much of the story of Wendy Woods is bound up with her journalist husband, Donald, and the charismatic leader of South Africa's Black Consciousness Movement, Steve Biko. She was portrayed in the film Cry Freedom, based on her husband's book about Biko's murder, by the Downton Abbey star Penelope Wilton. But during her long exile in Britain, Wendy, who has died of melanoma, devoted her life to fighting apartheid and, later, helping to rebuild her former homeland.

David Hewson's 'The Killing'

The Killing author David Hewson opts for audiobook release of latest novel a year ahead of print version

The author said he was considering audiobook-only work in the future

JK Rowling said Robert Galbraith was doing just fine on his own

How JK Rowling laboured to forge her new identity Robert Galbraith for The Cuckoo's Calling

‘Outed’ Harry Potter creator worked for days to sign crime novel under pen name

Book review: Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-1959, By David Kynaston

Can this close-up patchwork of social detail explain the forces that moulded postwar history?

Instead of expensive gifts for teachers, how about parents thank them? It means more, and it's free

Why have we got ourselves into the silly position of thinking that every teacher has to be bought a present at the end of every school year?

Has your child racked up a sky-high iPad bill? Parents, take some responsibility

Only an irresponsible parent allows unlimited iPad access. Children are not allowed to put items in supermarket trolleys without permission - the principle is identical.

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