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Lily Cole reads on stage

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What do Lily Cole, Rupert Everett and Peppa Pig have in common? Apart, obviously, from their striking good looks. Answer: they are passionate about reading, and about encouraging children to read. To prove their point, they joined a host of other actors and writers at yesterday's inaugural Get Reading event, a day-long festival in Trafalgar Square in London.

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Two out of every five victims of school homophobic bullying contemplate suicide, says survey

Two out of every five victims of homophobic bullying at school attempt or contemplate suicide, a report released today reveals.

How design experts furnish their home

Charlotte and Peter Fiell, leading authorities on 20th and 21st century design, have put their London house up for sale

The Boy Who Fell to Earth, By Kathy Lette

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Actor Simon Callow says: 'My aunt dropped a bottle of whisky! But then she said, 'Well, you're an artist, they're all queer...'

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Merlin Holland, the only grandson of Oscar Wilde, at the writer's restored tomb yesterday

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"Each man kills the thing he loves", wrote Oscar Wilde. "The coward does it with a kiss."

The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination, By Fiona MacCarthy

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Oscar Wilde's lost play about a loyal wife gets world premiere

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