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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”.

Film: UK Top 10

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Going Out: Film The Exorcist (18)

It is 25 years since William Friedkin's tale of demonic possession first visited its horrors upon the public, yet the film's graphic depiction of Linda Blair's rape (for that is what it is) by doctors and the Devil still has the power to shock and unnerve. From its eerie prologue in Iraq to the heart-stopping exorcism climax, the film is a relentless visual and aural assault on our sensibilities, and a masterpiece of manipulation. Horror may be experiencing a renaissance at present, but nothing produced in recent years has come close to equalling the terrifying power of this genre landmark.

Books: 10,001 nights of piety and pornography

Jan Morris hails the Victorian Burtons, a globe-trotting double- act who could outperform mere movie stars; A Rage to Live: the life of Isabel and Richard Burton by Mary S Lovell Little, Brown, pounds 25, 910pp

Film: Back from the dead (again)

The Exorcist really is the scariest film ever made. Isn't it?

Life with an exorcise fiend

Listen to the voice of pure evil in the new release of 'The Exorcist'

THE FATHER OF THE EXORCIST

`The most frightening film ever' is re-released next week. What turned an everyday tale of demonic possession into a classic? Ask its director William Friedkin

Theatre: Still playing children's games

THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY ALMEIDA LONDON

New censor reviews video ban on 1973 shocker `The Exorcist'

IT IS AN easy film title to guess in a game of charades; the shaking body, the revolving head, the projectile vomiting - it can only be The Exorcist.

Gone for a Burton in Puerto Vallarta

Once home to Hollywood's most famous couple, Casa Kimberley hasn't changed since `The Night of the Iguana'. Simon Calder contemplates the Taylor/Burton taste in interiors

Letter: Souls in torment

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Film: Holy ghostbusters

The horror that turned heads in '74 has been exhumed from movie hell. Chris Darke exorcises its troubled past, while Catherine Von Ruhland gives it her blessing

Film: The Exorcist: it's back and it's a scream

The horror that turned heads in '74 has been exhumed from movie hell. Chris Darke exorcises its troubled past, while Catherine Von Ruhland gives it her blessing

Video release reveals flaws in censorship

THE muddled thinking behind Britain's video censorship policy became evident last week as the authority responsible for granting certificates took up two contradictory stands.

Comedy: Going by the bottle

Comedy: Off My Face Bloomsbury Theatre, London Alcoholism.

Education: passed/failed Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg, 58, is the editor and presenter of `Start the Week' on Radio 4 and `The South Bank Show' on ITV. His latest novel is `The Credo' and he has written biographies of Richard Burton and Lawrence Olivier. His film scripts include `Isadora' and `Jesus Christ Superstar'.
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