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.

Days to go: 8. Talking brains with Dr Marius Kwint

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

Celebrate independent booksellers' week by picking up a special edition of a Julian Barnes, Poetry Diary or Simon Garfield

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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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas