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Creole Belle, By James Lee Burke

Like his tough protagonist, Dave Robicheaux, James Lee Burke is a man of passionate temper. His contemptuous anger over the lacklustre response of George W Bush to the devastation of Burke’s beloved New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina was incorporated into his writing. That rage is back again.

'The Independent on Sunday' tops awards, with seven gongs

We are delighted to announce that The Independent on Sunday has taken seven – yes, SEVEN! – titles at the European Newspaper Awards, which celebrate the very best in newspaper design. There were more than 230 entries from 25 countries, and The IoS won more awards than any other British paper.

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Ian Thomson: Jamaica was modern before Britain

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Follow Your Art: Street artists stand up for Anti-Slavery International

They normally scuttle about under the cover of darkness, hoping that the line between “art” and “vandalism” will not be blurred by the authorities. But tomorrow some of the world’s most exciting street artists will stand up in public, openly, to promote an equally underground movement: Anti-Slavery International.

Philida, by Andre Brink

It is not until the acknowledgements at the end of his Man Booker-longlisted 21st novel that the South African author André Brink reveals the historical roots from which it sprang: "[The slave woman Philida] worked as a knitting girl on the farm from 1824 to 1832," he writes. "The discovery that her master Cornelis Brink was a brother of one of my own direct ancestors, and that he sold her at auction after his son Francois Gerhard Jacob Brink had made four children with her, triggered this novel."

Philida, by Andre Brink

It is not until the acknowledgements at the end of his Man Booker-longlisted 21st novel that the South African author André Brink reveals the historical roots from which it sprang: "[The slave woman Philida] worked as a knitting girl on the farm from 1824 to 1832," he writes. "The discovery that her master Cornelis Brink was a brother of one of my own direct ancestors, and that he sold her at auction after his son Francois Gerhard Jacob Brink had made four children with her, triggered this novel."

Controversial cardinal Keith O’Brien thinks gay marriage is like slavery and compared abortion to the Dunblane massacre

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There are two starkly different ways of viewing the pronouncements of Cardinal Keith O'Brien over the past few years.

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Liam Vernon: The risks for the labour traffickers are still too low

The Connors case is an unusual one because most of the victims are British nationals. Labour exploitation and trafficking is a complex crime and the true scale of it is largely hidden. What we do know is that the UK Human Trafficking Centre saw a 35 per cent increase in the number of potential trafficking victims from 2010 to 2011.

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