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For a long time, the mentally ill were dumb and mute in literature. Inarticulacy surrounded those lumped together as Bedlamites: Jane Eyre’s classic “madwoman” in the attic, for instance, served as little more than a plot device, a thing to fear and loathe that got in the way of a Gothic romance.

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Familiar books help children retain new words, study says

Red heads: Dodger Phillips and Christopher Dingli in 'I Was a Rat!'

Why I'm still in love with fairy tales

The author of His Dark Materials is excited to see his new story, I Was a Rat!, performed on stage in Birmingham

Micki Pistorius, a criminal profiler, was a regular at her nephew Oscar’s court proceedings last week

Why South Africa's top murder expert will not be involved in Oscar Pistorius case: she is his aunt

As prosecutors and police prepare for Oscar Pistorius' murder trial, they are expected to enlist the services of a psychologist to build a profile of the accused. The one person they will not be able to turn to is Micki Pistorius, arguably South Africa's most experienced criminal profiler, who is also the aunt of the 26-year-old athlete.

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Berlin Film Festival review: Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects is a preposterous guilty pleasure

This Freudian thriller is chock-full of murder, blackmail and illicit lesbian affairs

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The evil our military refuses to see

As a sufferer of PTSD, our writer explores the establishment's response to cases

It's not our libraries' responsibility to help the mentally ill. It's the Government's

News that GPs will prescribe books to help those suffering from mental health problems is a smokescreen - the Coalition is failing the most vulnerable

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Mexican and Latino janitors hold a candlelight vigil calling for federal immigration reform

Immigration is the least of America's problems

The benefits of immigration are so evidently clear - and the downsides so evidently overplayed - that it's remarkable how many Americans want fewer immigrants in their country, David Brooks says. If America can't pass a law to reform immigration, including giving a form of citizenship to eleven million illegally resident immigrants, then it really is "a pathetic basket case of a nation."

The Iranian told the High Court that he is living like a prisoner; he cannot stay, or leave

Iranian immigrant suffering 'delusional disorder' begs judge to be allowed to continue hunger strike even if it kills him

A hunger striking Iranian man begged a High Court judge this afternoon to let him continue his fast even if it results in his eventual death.

England fly half Toby Flood (left) and Dylan Hartley in action during England training

Dylan Hartley wary trust of England coaches will only extend so far

Hartley hoping to feature against Scotland

I wanna eat you all up! Why pictures of cute animals could make us feel violent

Researchers claim to have found a link between cuteness and aggression

Chinese children born after the one child policy have grown up to become less altruistic and trusting, more timid, less competitive, more pessimistic and less conscientious

One-child policy: China's army of little emperors

The one-child policy has fundamentally changed the psychology of a generation

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Aurora massacre: Police officer describes suspect James Holmes as 'relaxed' and 'detached' in aftermath of killings

A police officer who was among the first to arrive at the scene of the July movie theatre shooting in Colorado yesterday described the suspect, James Holmes, as being “relaxed” and “detached” in the immediate aftermath of the killings.

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
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Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
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How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
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Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album