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Mohammed Ali  used to boast that when boxing,  he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So it is with Germiane Greer. She writes lightly, gracefully even when agitating for a cause. But the words still sting. And unsettle. Here she consciously creates a quasi-religious epic out of a part of her remarkable life when she decided to restore a small, wrecked rainforest in Australia, her homeland. The tone is apocalyptic, themes existential and critical: (wo)man not against, but ardently for wondrous, pitiless and predatory nature. She, the Lionheart, is awed, meets devastation, fears cataclysms, intuits prophecies, bears historical and biological guilt,  seeks redemption and takes stupendous, fervent  action. It really is some story.

Tales from the Water Cooler: Scouting for boys (not in a gay way)

The Boy Scouts of America are doing away with a ban on openly gay members

It's not right until there's a Mr Right

Show me the woman who puts matrimony and children on hold

Review: Big Brother, By Lionel Shriver

He ain't heavy ... he's obese

Oz: Offers no easy answers to the questions he raises

Review: Between Friends, By Amos Oz (Trs Sondra Silverston)

Amos Oz uses beautiful prose to build an evocative portrait – the hopes, dreams, successes and failures – of life on an Israeli kibbutz in the Fifties

DVD & Blu-ray review: Louie: The Complete First Season (15)

Various directors DVD/Blu-ray (282mins)

GTA 5: Rockstar release 3 new character trailers for Michael, Franklin and Trevor

Rockstar has released trailers that show each of the three main characters from Grand Theft Auto 5.

Two Door Cinema Club are the sort of band hacks love to sneer at: softly-spoken, sweet and undeniably generic.

Music review: Two Door Cinema Club, Alexandra Palace, London

Two Door Cinema Club are one of those bands that make you wonder what the point is. Not in a the-end-is-upon-us sort of way (there's very little apocalyptic about this lovely little Northern Irish troupe) but in that, if this is the band that makes it, this is the band that gets massive, this is what people want, then... what do music journalists know about anything? Why bother?

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Mimic (15)

Kieron Hawkes DVD/Blu-ray (118mins)

Sally Bercow: Where Celebrity Big Brother and Leveson meet

How can you regulate someone with opinions and 60,000 Twitter followers?

Race for life: Run Dem Crew, founded by Charlie Dark (seated, centre). Three members will run the marathon at the weekend

On the fast track to happiness

For one crew represented at this year's London Marathon, running is about so much more than keeping fit, discovers Ian Burrell

Thatcher discord sets the clock back 30 years

I arrived back from holiday to find the country divided and inflamed once more

I hope the news that rowing caused Andrew Marr’s stroke won't put anyone off exercising

As I'm a similar age I know it's easy to get carried away. The urge to prove something to oneself – which may indeed be a middle-aged male thing – is strong

Only 19 per cent of GPs said that they would continue to be in the profession beyond the age of 64

More doctors considering early retirement over workloads and pensions

Only 19 per cent of GPs said that they would continue to be in the profession beyond the age of 64

Justin Poore show of temper leaves Wakefield at mercy of Sam Tomkins

Wakefield scored more points against Wigan than any side this season and are bound to wonder what they might have done yesterday if they had not played for 70 minutes with 12 men.

Five-Minute Memoir: Tash Aw recalls the relentless pace of life in Shanghai

Life in Shanghai was beginning to get me down. I could feel myself tiring, feeling breathless from the pollution and breaking out in a nagging cough. The fresh autumn breeze gave way to a bitter winter chill that seeped into my bones, making my joints ache.

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