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The international puzzle that requires knowledge of steganography, Aleister Crowley and the darknet is back again, and the internet is just as confused

Nathan Filer, 32, is a lecturer but also works in mental health

Mental health nurse Nathan Filer wins Costa first novel prize with The Shock of the Fall

Nathan Filer's novel explores a man's descent into mental illness

Teenage girl convicted of robbery after taking pre-crime selfie wielding knife

Police used the ill-thought-out pictures as evidence to catch the 17-year-old robber

American smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light, By Iain Sinclair: Book review

An Englishman crosses the Atlantic in search of the Beat generation heroes of his youth on a circuitous and magical tour

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in 'Kill Your Darlings'

Kill Your Darlings: Film review- 'Daniel Radcliffe is a strange choice'

Beyond the Hogwarts-style specs which he wears, Ginsberg has nothing in common with Harry Potter

Five Scottish tattoo parlours will be offering free swastika tattoos

Scottish tattoo parlours to offer free swastika inkings in bid to 'reclaim' symbol

Event aimed at highlighting peaceful roots of symbol but anti racism campaigners have condemned the move

Conservative Party conference: £10m fund to mark historic events, says Maria Miller

Money could be spent on events marking 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth.

Great works: Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound (1914) by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Poetry round-up: from the buzz around Helen Mort to Andrew Philip's 'sheer joy' in language

Verses to be savoured long after the thrills have faded

Music review: Leonard Cohen - The 78-year-old troubadour enjoys a mournful waltz

"If you want a doctor/ I'll examine every inch of you," he growls, with relish, on "I'm Your Man". The 78-year-old troubadour's lyrics have always been infused with lust, as well as searing candour and wit. If an alien race wanted to understand human obsession, the pungent words of Keats and Cohen ("Many loved before us/ I know that we are not new") would probably be the best place to start.

Album review: Bill Callahan, Dream River (Drag City)

Callahan’s fifth album under his own name in the eight years since the Smog lifted, sounds precisely as you might expect it to: drily humorous but essentially dark lyrics, delivered in that trademark detached baritone, while instruments from flutes to violins flitter fittingly (never a note out of place) in the background.

Immortal: The Approved Biography of George Best, By Duncan Hamilton

Do we really need another biography of George Best? After all, he produced four autobiographies of his own, albeit with hefty assists, and a search of his name in Amazon’s book section returns 15,412 hits. Yet it’s a truism that people are often the least reliable witnesses to what actually happened in their lives.

Ancient tomb of China's ‘first female PM’ discovered

The ancient tomb of a woman described as China’s “first female prime minister” has been discovered.

Hill of Doors, By Robin Robertson. Picador, £9.99

Robin Robertson's fifth collection deepens and widens his characteristic territory: one that has become increasingly articulated, yet also more mysterious, from book to book. His profound debt to ballad tradition makes for story-telling poetry, often very beautiful and nearly always concerned with cruelty.

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