Arts and Entertainment The Man with the 10 Stone Testicles

It's rude to gawk, but there's something worthwhile in these stop-and-stare documentaries

Radio choice: A seven-day guide to Christmas television and radio

THE BLUE PETER GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA

Books: Kids need coffee tables

Brandon Robshaw reviews fiction aimed at pre-teens

Book review: PAPERBACKS

Roger Fishbite

My sixth sense tells me there's a twist in this tale

EVERYONE IS being carefully warned not to give away the ending of the new Hollywood epic, The Sixth Sense, in which Bruce Willis plays a child psychiatrist.

Letter: Libraries' new leaf

Libraries' new leaf

Comment: No, I'm not jealous of Roald Dahl

SOME AUTHORS of children's books prefer not to meet children. Others - saintly, exhausted creatures - regard it as an essential part of the job to travel round the country all year, visiting libraries and schools and flogging copies of their books as they go.

Arts: The illustrator takes the stage

From Roald Dahl's books to The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the work of Quentin Blake mixes painting and drama.

Children give up on the classics

CHILDREN ARE reading more than they were a generation ago but have abandoned 19th-century classics in favour of Roald Dahl and Sue Townsend.

The spotty schoolboy and single mother taking the mantle from Roald Dahl

A SINGLE mother of 34 and a bespectacled orphan schoolboy may not be the most promising combination, but together they have become the publishing sensation of the past two years.

A child's pleasure in making flesh creep

Literary Notes: Cedric Cullingford

NATIONAL TREASURES: THE INSIDER'S GUIDE

This week The Information asked its expert panel to pick the 50 best museums in Britain. Some were chosen specifically with children in mind, others for their wide range of exhibits, and still more because they are simply fascinating places to spend an autumn afternoon. Charlotte Packer took notes

Essay: Fifteen secular authors could not help finding spiritual resonance in a new selection

There's nothing wrong with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, said a questioner from the floor, it's a very good book. Doris Lessing looked despairing. There could, she said, be no comparison between the kind of literary excellence of the King James Bible and the story of Willy Wonka. To anyone who thought the two might be compared, she said, she had nothing to say.

You ask the questions;

(Such as: Sophie Dahl, do you feel pressure not to slim now that you are renowned as a `larger' model?)

Books: Not what you might expect

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Books: The daily sketcher

The childless Quentin Blake's wry and cunning lines have secured him a place in young readers' affections. Sally Williams meets an artist who draws as he breathes
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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea