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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 / The horror that dare not come of age: The Exorcist is 21 years old this year and still as shocking as ever. John Lyttle reports

Saturday, nudging the witching hour. The packed audience at London's MGM Trocadero is palpably tense while the scratched print unspools, as it does every Saturday, a regular midnight mass.

Travel: Tank tracks on the sands of time: The Normans are preparing to cash in on a D-Day tourist invasion, but Frank Barrett finds the memorials to the landings as poignant as ever

At the Caen Memorial Museum, a large crowd of journalists were taking their places in the lecture theatre. Accompanied by a phalanx of minders and asistants, two men were hurried into the hall and ushered on to the stage. From all the fuss, I imagined that the men were French government ministers about to announce astonishing new details of the huge programme of events being held for the 50th anniversary of D-Day.

Out of Switzerland: Grave reminder of a late-night scoop

CELIGNY - I went to visit Richard Burton's grave the other day. I always do when in this Swiss village where he passed much of the latter half of his 58 years. With its simple, uncarved stone, his name but no epitaph, on a damp, sunless slope above a gurgling brook, it is a dark but serene spot. Burton liked to linger here during his lifetime, a place that reminded him of his native Wales.

Obituary: Richard Burton VC

Richard Henry Burton, farmer and soldier: born 29 January 1923; VC 1944; married 1945 Dorothy Robertson (two sons, one daughter, and one son deceased); died 11 July 1993.

FILM / Still crazy after all these years: Hoffman on four (plastic) legs, Newman on two wheels, Jane Richards on film stills

THE photograph of Dustin Hoffman (omitted) riding a white plastic horse was never meant to be seen by the public. This production still, taken as part of a continuity portfolio, is now on show in an exhibition of bizarre and often beautiful film photographs, 'Stills Behind the Movies', at the Special Photographers Company. The fake horse was pressed into service during the filming of Little Big Man to accommodate Hoffman, a poor horseman.

Burton feud keeps the valleys fuming

MORE than a mountain separates Neath from Port Talbot. Inhabitants of the two Welsh towns say they follow different cultures, different ways of life, different rugby teams. Now they are divided over the actor Richard Burton, writes Michael Prestage.
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