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Raised in rural County Clare and educated in a convent, Edna O'Brien fled to swinging London to become a novelist. Her frank, autobiographical debut, The Country Girls (1960), caused outrage back in Ireland, but O'Brien considered it a necessary step in her “daring emancipation”.

Kama Sutra sexed up with app that lets readers study poses in 3D on their smartphone

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The recent wholesale refurbishment of The Lancaster has not altered its home-from-home ambience

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This Parisian pied-à-terre for the Hollywood elite is sparkling once again – and now all are welcome, says Adrian Mourby

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Viv Groskop: Liz Taylor knew the limits of sentiment

Reports of the auction of Elizabeth Taylor's estate this week all focus on the idea that the baubles, trinkets and voluminous silk kaftans "tell the story of her life and loves". And, of course, they do. The dozens of breathtaking jewels are a testament to her captivating beauty as a young woman, one any man would bankrupt himself for. Elizabeth Taylor was not someone who could be fobbed off with a Tiffany key ring.

'Elizabeth Taylor was not someone who could be fobbed off with a Tiffany key ring'
Juno Temple

'My dad is one of my biggest inspirations'

Juno Temple's parents are film royalty. But she has no qualms about exploring the seedier end of the spectrum. She tells Kaleem Aftab why

From sex siren to virgin: rising actress Juno Temple

Juno Temple - 'My dad is one of my biggest inspirations'

Juno Temple's parents are film royalty. But she has no qualms about exploring the seedier end of the spectrum. She tells Kaleem Aftab why

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Starring: Eri Fukatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki

How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood, By William J Mann

The making and breaking of a screen idol

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Starring: Joe Egender, Cory Knauf, Tiffany Shepis

Richard Burton to join sidewalk of stars

Richard Burton is to be recognised with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism, By Deborah Lutz

At the outset, the American academic Deborah Lutz describes the impetus of this book in terms of the following question: "If we could be young sexual innovators and deviants out for action in Victorian London, how might that feel?" A snap response might be that, in terms of English usage, we couldn't possibly feel "out for action", a much more recent coinage. Pleasure Bound moves on to give us snapshots of 19th-century specimens of debauched and sexually outré behaviour – which means, in practice, all the usual suspects. The Pre-Raphaelites, Algernon Swinburne, Henry Spencer Ashbee, Richard Burton, Oscar Wilde are present and incorrect.

I've an Ivor at last – songwriter waits 32 years for award

Uncollected statuette, sold at jumble sale, finally reaches its intended recipient

Furious Love, By Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger

Even if you thought the internationally celebrated pageantry across London's streets last Friday counted as the most signficant wedding of recent times, Elizabeth Taylor's love affair with Richard Burton was surely "The Marriage of the Century", as this book's sub-title would have it. Their tumultuous, on-off love story, with the obligatory sad ending, cannot disappoint hard-core fans.

Elizabeth Taylor buried alongside Richard Burton love letter

Elizabeth Taylor was buried alongside her last ever love letter from Richard Burton.

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