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A boy enters a palace of a hundred rooms where an assassin may lurk behind every door and shadowy figures are reflected in a Hall of Mirrors.  An astonishing treasure lies at its heart, but powerful enemies are at the gates.

Letter: Missing monarch

Sir: If Pru Irvine's grandmother is 104 (Tabloid; "When Mummy dearest hits 100", 6 August), she has lived in six reigns - not the five asserted by Pru.

Obituary: Sir Hepi te Heuheu

Sir Hepi te Heuheu was the last paramount chief of a Maori tribe and his mana and standing ranked with that of the Maori Queen, Dame Te Atairangikaahu. He could have been in the line of succession to be the Maori King, but his great-great-grandfather, who was a prime candidate to be the first holder of that position, declined to challenge, instead rallying his Tuwharetoa people behind the Waikato chief Potautau Te Wherowhero, establishing regal succession with the Tainui tribe.

Cricket: History man's happy returns

Stephen Brenkley sees a record-breaker make the most of his chance for greatness

Understudy in Downing Street

Lord Melbourne 1779-1848 by L G Mitchell, OUP, pounds 25; Amanda Foreman on the prime minister who fell from grace with Queen Victoria

Q&A: Burnley's red carpeting

Q. The Queen visited Bradford City FC last month . In 1953, the Queen visited the cricket section of the Park Avenue, although not the adjoining football ground. Are there any other instances of monarchs visiting the football grounds?

Opinionated young nurse gives a Queen her blessing

Florence Nightingale, immortalised as the gentle Lady of the Lamp, was in fact a strong-minded character who was not afraid to voice her opinions.

Letter: Opening myth

Alan Watkins is promulgating a myth in saying that the ceremony connected with the State Opening of Parliament dates back to the last century ("Lawyers welcome the season of mists and silly Bills", 27 October). Queen Victoria reduced the number of occasions when the Sovereign attends by ceasing to go when Parliament is prorogued at the end of the session.

Letters: Royal example

Royal example

When Felix Mendelssohn met Queen Victoria

FIRST ENCOUNTERS

Abraham Lincoln's image

Abraham Lincoln's image

Duke of Atholl dies aged 64

JOHN ARLIDGE

LETTER:No poverty of ideas here, Delia

From Ms Betty Cairns

V&A buys more than 200 Landseer letters

An official from the Victoria and Albert Museum holds up one of the more than 200 autographed letters by Queen Victoria's favourite painter, Sir Edwin Landseer, which the museum has acquired. None of the letters have been previously published, writes Marianne Macdonald.

The Queen says sorry to wronged Maoris

DAVID BARBER

'Living dead' up for grabs in Cottle's shop of horrors

The Bride of Dracula smiled serenely at curious onlookers, the blood dripping from her mouth as she lay in her coffin under a sign which invited them to "view one of the living dead".
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John Travolta is a qualified airline captain and employed the pilot with his company, Alto
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Sport
Jonas Gutierrez (r) competes with Yaya Toure (l)
football

Newcastle winger is in Argentina having chemotherapy

Arts and Entertainment
Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel are bringing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to the London Coliseum
theatre

Returning to the stage after 20 years makes actress feel 'nauseous'

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Watch this commuter wage a one-man war against the Circle Line
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We are phenomenally good at recognising faces; the study showed that humans have been selected to be unique and easily recognisable
science

Human faces unique 'because we don't recognise each other by smell'

Arts and Entertainment
You've been framed: Henri Matisse's colourful cut-outs at Tate Modern
artWhat makes a smash-hit art show?
Property
Home body: Badger stays safe indoors
lifeShould we feel guilty about keeping cats inside?
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A male driver reverses his Vauxhall Astra from a tow truck
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Man's attempt to avoid being impounded heavily criticised

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Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week