David Nicholls: 'A lot of novelists improvise, and I'm quite envious of that ability'

'I'm desperate that the next book shouldn't disappoint people'

One Day author David Nicholls talks about adaptations, aging characters and having a tough act to follow

Album: Thea Gilmore / Sandy Denny, Don't Stop Singing (Mighty Village / Island)

A collaborative effort between the Oxfordshire singer-songwriter Gilmore and the hitherto-unscored lyrics of her long-dead Northamptonshire equivalent, Sandy Denny.

Album: La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina, Luzzasco Luzzaschi: Concerto Delle Dame (Glossa)

The madrigals of Luzzasco Luzzaschi are little-known, and were only saved from oblivion by the death of Alfonso, Duke Of Ferrara, who had guarded these pieces written for the three sopranos of his Concerto delle Dame.

Bella! Bella! 'Gregory's Girl' star lands deal to write crime novels

To many, he will be for ever remembered as the gawky teenager Gregory Underwood, in the 1980s coming-of-age hit Gregory's Girl.

Nick Helm: Dare to Dream, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

You don't have much choice but to get caught up in Nick Helm's mania. "You're delaying the fun!" he warns us, coercing us to punch the air for his rocky opening number. "Never stop dreaming/from the floor to the ceiling," he commands.

The Princess of Montpensier (15)

Starring: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson

Nick Helm: Keep Hold of the Gold, Soho Theatre, London

Nick Helm's brash and bullish show, which broadly depicts a clumsy, heart-on-sleeve romantic having a meltdown, was one of the finds of last year's Edinburgh festival. The antics of a man resembling Nick Frost playing a sergeant

The Whisperer, By Donato Carrisi

Literary thriller? More a grim tale from the shallow end

DVD: The Switch (12)

The Switch is yet another rom-com starring Jennifer Aniston looking for love. Aniston plays Kassie, a single girl desperate for a baby who decides to search for a sperm donor.

New Romantic pioneer Mick Karn dies

Mick Karn, former bassist with the band Japan, has died at the age of 52 from cancer.

The Brontës, By Juliet Barker

Every age has its Brontë interpreters from Mrs Gaskell and Winifred Gerin to Jane Sellars and Lucasta Miller. It was Juliet Barker's 1994 biography, however, that most dramatically reclaimed the sisters as flesh-and-blood human beings – giving wild romantic Emily, love-sick Anne, and "poor" Charlotte long needed makeovers.

Deborah Ross: 'Butcher flirting is flirting for a purpose and the purpose is marrow-bone'

If you ask me, once you get a dog, you need to start flirting with your local butcher like a mad thing, and you must do this flirting whether the butcher likes it or not. Personally, I suspect my butcher does not like it, judging by the way he tries to dart out back whenever I enter his shop, but as I will say to him when I get to know him even better: "Do you think I'll assume the shop is unmanned and just go away? Well, I won't, you big ninny. Now, stay put and flirt! Be a man!"

Album: Lost in the Trees, All Alone in an Empty House (Anti-)

They claim to bring classical music to bear on the tropes of American folk music. Hmm.

After the Dance, NT Lyttelton, London<br/>Love Story, Minerva, Chichester<br/>The Fantasticks, Duchess, London

An assured Rattigan revival proves there's dramatic life in the drawing room yet, while a musical 'Love Story' is saccharine but leaves a sour taste
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

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Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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