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It's worth remembering that fairy tales were not originally thought of as children's stories.

It's fiction, not fact, that brings history to life

Read for My School aims to create a sense of excitement about reading

The Wall, By William Sutcliffe

A suspenseful coming-of-age novel about 'other' realms buried in the known world

One to watch: Charlie Rowe, actor, 16

One to watch: Charlie Rowe, actor, 16

“I'm doing A-levels, which is a bit tough and I have three exams during the run,” says the teenager from Islington who stars in his first West End play, The Winslow Boy at The Old Vic.

From top left: Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith, Bret Easton Ellis, Sebastian Faulks, Salman Rushdie and Philip Pulman announced as Folio Prize Academy members

New literary award The Folio Prize launches as 'Booker without the bow ties'

A new literary award styled as a “Booker without the bow ties” will go ahead next year after securing sponsorship.

For over a quarter of a century, Catholic priest Lawrence C Murphy preyed on and sexually abused pupils at St John's School for the Deaf in St Francis, Wisconsin

The Catholic Church on film: When the men in black lost their role as the good guys

Priests were once movie symbols of decency and heroism. Scandals in the Catholic Church have ended that, says Geoffrey Macnab

One Minute With: Jess Richards, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Protesters outside the Kensal Rise Library in north-west London

Residents battle to preserve library gifted to community by Mark Twain

It was handed to the community by author Mark Twain more than a hundred years ago. Now that community is fighting to keep it open. A group of protesters became a figurehead for the host of anti-library closure campaigns across the country yesterday as they barricaded the doors and stopped its shelves being stripped of books.

Philip Pullman to publish new adaptations of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Philip Pullman, the celebrated author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, is to publish new adaptations of 50 of his favourite Grimm’s Fairy Tales this autumn, 200 years after the works were first published.

Stop What You’re Doing and Read This! By Mark Haddon,
Michael Rosen, Zadie Smith et al

Not having enough time to read is a common complaint.

Wonderstruck: The latest from Brian Selznick, creator of the astonishing The Invention of Hugo Cabret

From dogs to dinosaurs: Children's books of 2011

In the second of three Christmas specials, Daniel Hahn picks his books for those aged seven to 12, while our reviewers for adults choose their favourites

There Is No Dog, By Meg Rosoff

What if God were a teenage boy?

Outcry as Radio 4 stops broadcasting short stories

Radio 4, the world's biggest commissioner of short stories, is to cut its broadcast output from three a week to one a week.

Heads Up: Rattigan's Nijinsky

The 'British Chekhov' leads audiences on a not-so-merry dance

Ideas festival: Great minds think and drink alike

Charlotte Cripps considers the philosophical attractions of HowTheLightGetsIn, an ideas festival with a difference

Booker judge quits over prize for 'suffocating' Philip Roth

The Man Booker International Prize, which recognises an author's overall contribution to literature, is one of novel-writing's most prestigious prizes.

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The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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