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The troubled star is set to give fans the biggest insight into her life away from the headlines

Jonathan Franzen: Greatness, one sentence at a time

Fans of this matchless chronicler of American family life have endured a nine-year hiatus since he stunned the literary world with 'The Corrections'. But all the signs are that it will be worth the wait

The feral beast: Don't fret, Oprah's here ...

You will recall that Kitty Kelley's biography of Oprah Winfrey caused a hoo-ha in the States when it came out in April, but there has been little sign of it in the UK.

Rhiannon Harries: 'Oprah's most powerful weapon? Not coming across like a moron'

Got up this morning, day four of my Consciousness Cleanse, and found freedom through forgiveness. Managed to forgo an unholy fry-up thanks to fab new book I'm reading called Women, Food and God, then ditched usual work attire in favour of experimenting with "new ways to wear khaki".

'I'm not just the cuckolded wife': Elizabeth Edwards hits the media circuit

The estranged wife of Senator John Edwards, the one-time presidential candidate, voiced the hope yesterday that one day she might again be on the public stage for reasons other being the "cuckolded wife".

Gossip girl: Kitty Kelley spills her celebrity secrets

Kitty Kelley writes breathless biographies of America's biggest stars, shocking readers with the revelations she unearths. But her latest subject, Oprah Winfrey, has been the toughest to crack, she tells Guy Adams

The power of Oprah

Virtually no television network has shown interest in Kitty Kelley's new biography of the chat-show host

Oprah Winfrey settles defamation lawsuit

Oprah Winfrey settled a defamation lawsuit filed by a headmistress she accused of performing poorly at her South African girls school, where some students claimed they were abused, lawyers said.

Barbara Walters marks lifetime achievement of red-carpet chats

Grande dame of Oscars night curtain-raiser bows out after three decades

Committed, By Elizabeth Gilbert

How do you solve a problem like selling seven million books? Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love was the story of one thirtysomething's bitter divorce. Gilbert spent a year rebuilding herself after her marital fall-out and this construction project became a monster hit. Championed by Oprah Winfrey, bought by millions, being turned into a movie, Eat, Pray, Love was a highly personal account of a year of soul-searching that went public in a spectacular way. Gilbert's follow-up, Committed, starts with an aside about the difficulty of writing anything when you know that so many people are waiting to read your work. So tricky does she find it that she pulped the first draft.

Precious, Lee Daniels, 115 mins, (15)

The troubles of its central character are laid on with a trowel in a film that's part social tract, part dramatised talk-show therapy

Precious (15)

Very hard times in Harlem

Gabourey Sidibe: The girl who divided black America

Morbidly obese, illiterate, abused physically and emotionally by her parents – and adored by white critics... Why controversial new movie 'Precious' has African-Americans in turmoil

Boyd Tonkin: Books on the borders of a retail breakdown

The Week In Books

Meet Tiana, a Disney heroine like no other

After seven decades of making dreams come true, Hollywood's finest animation studio finally decided to create its first African-American princess. And that's when the trouble started. Guy Adams reports

The Oprah Winfrey Channel

She may be leaving her show, but the queen of daytime TV has grand plans to expand her broadcasting empire. David Usborne reports
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Each year at Comic-Con in San Diego, Hollywood bosses nervously present blockbusters to the hallowed crowd. It can make or break a movie
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Ashes 2015: Angus Fraser's top 10 moments from previous series'

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Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
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