Stella McCartney poses with her awards

A stellar end to Stella McCartney's Olympic year

There couldn’t have been a happier ending to 2012 for designer Stella McCartney, who was named both Designer and Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards last night.

Henry Cockburn: I was trying to listen to my shoes. I thought I was going to be put in a straitjacket

'I was completely introverted. I felt there was no one I could trust to tell them what was going on in my head'

Clockwise from left: 1. Black boots with brown top £150, dune.co.uk; 2. Suede and leather boots£345, Russell and Bromley, 020 7629 6903; 3. Black leather boots £190, cosstores.com; 4. Suede foldover boots £100, asos.com; 5. Studded heel boots £110, topshop.co.uk

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Best foot forward

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Book of a lifetime: I Capture the Castle, By Dodie Smith

When people ask if I've "always enjoyed writing", I tend to regard them with horror. Of course I haven't! Writing fiction is incredibly hard work. My ideal is to be paid, per word, to read. This preference dates back to my "early years" which were divided, as authors say on book jackets, between an off-grid sheep farm on a rain-sodden Exmoor river valley, and a gloomy villa in shrubby suburban Brussels.

There are a number of conservative Christian groups in the US that are actively anti-gay.

Anti-homosexual Bible-belt Christian lives 'under cover' as a gay man for a year in a bid to challenge his bigotry

Timothy Kurek grew up in a deeply conservative Christian community in Nashville and was taught that homosexuality was ‘an abomination’ from an early age.

Trainer Spotting

Trainer spotting: Can you match the trainers with their celebrity owners?

The past few decades have seen sports shoes become our first choice in footwear. Now, a new exhibition aims to put names to famous laces. Simon Usborne takes a sneak peek

Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit – Review

Every once in a while, the gaming world throws up a work of imagination so bizarre that you can't help but admire it.

Click your heels together three times: Dorothy's ruby slippers come to London

The original ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939) will go on public display in Europe for the first time ever.

Bolton's Matt Mills (right) tussles with Luciano Becchio of Leeds

Are One Direction in crisis?

Double platinum albums? A £3million party palace? Acne-free? You'd think life as a member of teenage boyband One Direction would be smooth sailing - but today's Daily Star reports otherwise.

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