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As a former couple go to court in a bid to carve up their record collection, Tom Hodgkinson rejoices in the fact that our love affair with vinyl is far from over

Did Van Gogh die in an unfortunate brush with fate?

Art historians say it was suicide – but a new book claims he met his demise in a shooting accident

Lost notes of Bram Stoker found in attic

Bram Stoker bore a startling resemblance to one of his most famous characters, Jonathan Harker, the troubled solicitor at the centre of the 1897 horror novel Dracula, according to previously unseen notebooks belonging to the author.

War of words: Why major authors plan challenger to Booker

A group of prize-winning writers and literary heavyweights wants to return to what it says the prize used to be about. By Arifa Akbar

War of words: major authors launch rival to 'low-brow' Booker

Literature Prize will reward artistry over accessibility – and be open to American writers

The Poet Laureate, the ode to an Achilles and a pair of Beckham's boots

When the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy struck a deal with David Beckham – she would send him a handwritten poem about his ankle injury if he sent her a pair of his football boots in return – she expected a package to turn up six months ago.

Scientology's 'real-life Hogwarts' school charges $42,000 a year

Make jokes about Thetans and Xenu if you must. Have a good laugh at John Travolta's film Battlefield Earth if you absolutely have to. But don't expect to poke fun at L Ron Hubbard's legacy without getting an almighty roasting from the Church of Scientology's PR department.

Six Of The Best: Poetic Pilgrimages

As a new memorial to Wilfred Owen opens in France, Simone Kane goes in the footsteps of some of the past century's most famous poets

Oil On Water, By Helon Habila

Rufus is a keen cub reporter cutting his teeth at a newspaper in Port Harcourt, when he is sent on an assignment to find and interview the kidnapped wife of a British oil engineer.

Stewart back on the board

Martha Stewart, the American home decorating and cooking guru, is back on the board of the company that bears her name, five years after being convicted of insider trading. Her ban on being a director expired this week.

Have we fallen out of love with chick lit?

It was once the frothy genre that spelt big profits for publishers. But the latest sales figures read like a horror story

Independent columnist apologises for plagiarism

Johann Hari, the writer and columnist for The Independent, has admitted plagiarism allegations and will attend a journalism training course before being allowed to rejoin the newspaper.

Little sympathy as Dahl clan seeks a shedload of cash for author's hut

The family of Roald Dahl has been forced to backtrack on a fundraising campaign designed to rescue the hut in which the author wrote his tales.

You can pay to move your own shed, Roald Dahl fans tell writer's family

His children's books have sold 60 million copies, generating a merchandise industry and Hollywood adaptations. But an appeal for £500,000 to restore Roald Dahl's garden shed has proved a plot twist too fantastical.

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