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

Obama offers hope to the world

Under blue skies and in biting cold, the 44th President was sworn in to power and a new age began

Oprah Winfrey 'embarrassed' at weight gain

An embarrassed Oprah Winfrey says she's "fallen off the wagon" of healthy living and has ballooned to 200 pounds (90 kilograms).

50,000 flee homes as fires rage in California

Thousands of weary evacuees will begin returning to their Los Angeles homes this morning, after a chaotic weekend in which their city was encircled by some of the most destructive wildfires in living memory.

Trial to lift veil of secrecy over Oprah's African academy

Talk-show host's dream of helping poor children rocked by abuse allegations at girls' school near Johannesburg

JK Rowling tops list of billionaires



Harry Potter author JK Rowling earned more than anyone else on any of Forbes' lists, with a total of $300m (£150m).

My Secret Life: Kid Rock, Musician, age 37

The home I grew up in... was a beautiful, very middle-class American colonial house. It was set over six acres of land and there was an apple orchard out the back. My dad got me selling the apples to our neighbours at an early age.

Eckhart Tolle: This man could change your life

Eckhart Tolle's guides to living 'In The Now' and dealing with your 'pain-body' are a publishing phenomenon, beloved of Paris Hilton, Annie Lennox and a host of other celebrity names. But who is he? Does he really say anything new? And what the hell is a pain-body anyway? Ether Walker investigates

Winners of literary lottery that is Richard & Judy's book club

Since James Bradley's Gothic thriller The Resurrectionist was first published a year ago it has, to be kind, enjoyed modest sales. The tale of Edinburgh body-snatchers in the murderous era of Burke and Hare has sold fewer than 300 copies.

The most feared woman in Hollywood

Her speciality is being rude – very rude – about Hollywood celebrities. David Usborne looks at the career of Chelsea Handler, the comedienne and chat-show host who has taken America by storm

The end of the O-factor? Oprah loses her crown

She is the embodiment of the American Dream, a Mississippi girl born into poverty who became the queen of US television. But now viewers are deserting her. By Guy Adams

James Frey's happy ending

His sensational memoir sold more than five million copies. But when he was forced to admit fabricating some of the details, his life fell apart. Now he's back, with a work of fiction – and it's already a bestseller. Guy Adams reports

Sarah Churchwell: Don't buy into the fiction of the 'single-parent family'

The Commons' passage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill without the Tories' proposed "common-sense" amendments insisting on a "father or male role model" has sparked yet another debate about children's need for father-figures.

Rock on, Tommy: Hilfiger is trying to regain his cutting edge with a star-studded rock'n'roll show

What is not immediately obvious as you stroll into the open-plan, 17th-floor offices of Tommy Hilfiger, brightly lit by windows that stare down New York's Hudson River, is whether you are entering the home of a fashion house or a music label. Sure there are racks of pick'n'mix clothes rolled across the aisles and a fashion shot or two on the desks, but the walls are adorned by guitars, photographs of rock and rap stars, and album covers. In one frame sits the Tommy Hilfiger sweater worn by Michael Jackson in a Vogue feature. In another, the designer himself posing with Mick Jagger. In a third, a broody black-and-white still of Tommy and his three brothers – Andy, Bobby and Billy (who died of a brain tumour in 2001) – looking every inch the rock band.

Pucka up, America: How Oprah Winfrey could help Jamie Oliver crack the States

The South Beach sunshine is splitting the palm trees in the fantastically froufrou garden overlooking the pool at the Delano Hotel. In the midst of this Miami cliché sits Jamie Oliver, the epitome of the Brit abroad, mulling over the question of how to crack America. But he's not being given much of a chance – every few minutes a passer-by butts into our conversation ("I'm your biggest fan!") and pulls out a camera. On each occasion he is polite, patient and poses with a trademark grin. "I love that," he says, as we're left alone. "They always say 'Sorry to interrupt', then they start talking for 10 minutes. Being known in America, it's horrible. Imagine being really famous here..."

Mr Nice: Cowell pays off couple's mortgage

Simon Cowell turned his "Mr Nasty" image on its head and paid off the mortgage of a couple whose three-year-old daughter has cancer.

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