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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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Former helicopter pilot Major Tim Peake will become the first UK astronaut in space for over 20 years
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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own