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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.

Again, again! That is the best way to learn to read

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.

Rooney Mara as Emily in Side Effects by Steven Soderbergh

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

(L-R) Philip Christiansen (MIKAEL BIRKKJÆR), Laura Christensen (FREJA RIEMANN), Birgitte Nyborg Christensen (SIDSE BABETT KNUDSEN)

TV Review: Borgen, The Sanctity of Private Life

Tom Leece is Film and TV editor at Fourth & Main

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

Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes

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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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
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Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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