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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”.

Point-to-point: Greenall likely to extend lead

Today's Lady Dudley Cup at Chaddesley Corbett has attracted a higher class field than last year and Irilut, last season's winner, will struggle against Gaelsbob, who is on a roll after completing a hat-trick last week, and Coolefind, who last Saturday made a pleasing comeback from a pulled muscle.

For better or worse: The good divorce guide

We may get hitched with the best intentions, but it doesn't always turn out happily ever after. As Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills finally call time on married life, Virginia Ironside explains how to get split without losing your sanity – or £24m

The Book of Love: In search of the Kamasutra, By James McConnachie

It was intended to revive and commemorate an ancient tradition; it might well have been intended as a parody; above all, it was written for a particular class of layabout. What it was never meant to be was pornography.

Paperback: The Book of Love, by James McConnachie

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Point-to-point: Burton can start with an early winner on Milton de Tresor

Due to the volume of entries (383) for this weekend's two-day Point-to-Point Owners and Riders Club meeting at Barbury Racecourse, near Marlborough, the time of the first race has been brought forward to 11.30am for both days.

Burton had secret affair with Monroe, claims book

Richard Burton's affair with Elizabeth Taylor, who went on to become his wife – twice – is infamous. But a new biography of the great Welsh actor claims that he also cheated on his first wife with the Hollywood legends Marilyn Monroe and Lana Turner.

The story of an accidental bike star

Dealing with fatal accidents hasn't deflected one paramedic from his ambition, says Tim Luckhurst

Racing: Point-to-point

Ashley Farrant maintained his three-winner lead (28-25) over Richard Burton in the men's championship on Saturday, despite having a far from memorable afternoon at Lifton, in Devon, on Saturday.

Buried Treasure

John Simpson on Richard Burton's 'Personal Narrative of a pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah'

Network: My Technology: Where's the popcorn?

Comedian Richard Blackwood says the Sony DVD Player is a movie- buff's dream

Film: Exorcising `The Exorcist'

William Peter Blatty began his career as a comedy writer. Then he wrote the script for a legendary film. Bad move. By Stephen Applebaum

Sport: Why devolution does not suit British sport

A FEW days ago even people who don't give tennis a second thought unless the fuzz ball is flying around at Wimbledon were held enthralled by the stirring effort put in by Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski when representing Great Britain against the United States in the Davis Cup.

Rugby Union: Keeping up with the Davieses

Gerald did not tour with the 1974 Lions because he was reluctant to ask for the time off work

Why I believe `The Exorcist' can do no harm in the home

The film was found so frightening when it was first shown that some young women fainted

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