Memorabilia from the Wenlock Olympian Society inside Much Wenlock Town Museum

Amble into Olympic history: Walk of the month - Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Take your time in the Shropshire town where the modern games began, says Mark Rowe

Between the Covers - 21/07/12

Commiserations to Canongate, the Edinburgh-based publisher of authors including Alasdair Gray, Barack Obama and Julian Assange, whose staff have been suffering seagull attacks.

Author E L James is looking to adapt her best-selling erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, for the big screen

Sales of Fifty Shades of Grey take a tumble

Sales of E L James’ enormously successful erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey have fallen sharply after increasing for eight consecutive weeks.

Slick city: 'I didn't go to New York until I was 30. It's an extraordinary place'

My Life In Travel: Jacqueline Wilson, children's author

'I've met children all over the world and they all laugh at the same things'

The Missing Shade of Blue, By Jennie Erdal

A tale of reason, passion and the rocky road to happiness

EL James' Fifty Shades trilogy sets new record

Racy author EL James sold almost a million paperback copies of her Fifty Shades trilogy in only a week, latest figures show.

JK Rowling adult novel published

X marks the spot for JK Rowling's first book since she called time on the Harry Potter saga.

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Brains: The Mind as Matter proved to be the most popular exhibition ever staged at Wellcome Collection, a free venue in London for the ‘incurably curious’ that explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future.

Natalie Haynes: E-books are ephemeral, real books for life

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EL James' Fifty Shades Of Grey is fastest-ever seller

Author EL James - behind publishing phenomenon Fifty Shades Of Grey - has become the first writer to see three of her books each sell in excess of 100,000 paperback copies in a week.

WH Smith shrugs off high street woes and hands back £36m

WH Smith has again cheered investors by delivering growth in margins and an improved sales performance despite the dire trading conditions on the high street.

Booker prize winner Barry Unsworth dies

Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth has died at the age of 81, his publishers said today.

Gofugyourself.com's Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan: The queens of mean go teen

If you haven't heard of Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan then you're obviously missing out on one of the greatest joys of the internet.

RIELLE HUNTER: John Edwards’ former lover once vowed never to cash in on their affair with a book

John Edwards and the lover Rielle Hunter who plans to tell all

Barely hours after Americans heard the dull thump of the trial of John Edwards, the one-time presidential hopeful, ending with an acquittal on one charge of campaign finance violations and a mistrial on all the others, they are being told: just wait a minute, you haven't heard the half of it.

Katy Guest: I've read the future, and it doesn't work (or smell nice)

I took my new ebook reader on holiday recently. Now there's a sentence I never expected to write. According to all the statistics, something like 99 per cent of all known life now owns a Kindle, and only dinosaurs, idiots and perverts still buy paper books. But I'm not the only one: two-thirds of Mslexia readers, according to their new survey, are "book fetishists". I don't file my personal library according to the Dewey Decimal System, as 1 per cent of their respondents do, but I do organise books alphabetically and I like the way they smell. But as this paper's literary editor, I ought to try anything once (except morris dancing, incest and magic realism), so I downloaded some books.

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
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Beyond a joke

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The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

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Besiktas vs Arsenal

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

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Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

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