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The group biography is a daunting task. Chronicling the life of a single subject is an exhausting feat of research, tact and elision. Bundling half a dozen lives in some factitious intertwining is asking for chaos. Only the freakishly energetic Humphrey Carpenter ever seemed to relish the experience, as he charted the heyday of Waugh, Powell, Betjeman and co in The Brideshead Generation.

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Sir Winston Churchill's vast written archive is to be put online. The publisher Bloomsbury is to digitise 1 million documents, held in 2,500 boxes in purpose-built vaults at Churchill College in Cambridge, by 2012.

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Clarke prison pledge 'inspired by Churchill'

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke's pledge to stop sending thousands of criminals to prison, which so angered Tory right-wingers last month, was inspired by Winston Churchill, the Justice minister Crispin Blunt will say today. He will tell an audience in London that Mr Clarke's claim that prison doesn't work was based on the war-time prime minister's penal reform policy. Many will interpret Mr Blunt's comments as a direct attack on the former Tory home secretary Michael Howard, who criticised Mr Clarke by repeating his famous political catchphrase "prison works".

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designed in 1930, this classic desk lamp counts Winston Churchill among its famous users. His stood on his desk in his air-raid shelter beneath Whitehall and was presumably witness to many conversations about strategy while the sirens wailed outside.

Keeping Churchill on the straight and narrow

On the face of it, it may not be the sort of message you would want to receive from your nearest and dearest as you approach one of the most exacting periods of your life.

Don't sleep longer – sleep smarter

Worried that you don't get the fabled eight hours? That's your first mistake, says Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, who thinks it's quality, rather than quantity, that counts. She shares her tips for a better night's rest with Rob Sharp

Cameron offers compromise in dispute over 1922 Committee

David Cameron last night moved to soothe a festering row with Conservative MPs who have accused him of trying to stifle dissent on his backbenches. He backed off from moves to allow ministers to vote in elections to the party's 1922 Committee, whose membership has traditionally been limited to backbenchers when Tories are in office.

Adrian Hamilton: 'A great escape? Dunkirk was actually a humiliation for British forces'

The Evacuation of Dunkirk, which began 70 years ago, was no military miracle. It was a humiliation for British forces, writes Adrian Hamilton, whose father was there

Winston Churchill 'set to fade from memory'

By 2090 future generations will no longer recognise Winston Churchill, new research revealed today.

£1m expected for Churchill memorabilia

A huge private collection of memorabilia celebrating Winston Churchill, from diary entries and letters to an unsmoked cigar, is set to raise £1m when the first part of it is sold next month.

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