Arts and Entertainment Nathan Filer, winner of the 2013 Costa Book of the Year

33-year-old upsets the odds with his novel 'The Shock of the Fall' - the story of a teenager's descent into mental illness

Free Shard tickets reserved for locals have been nabbed and put up for sale on eBay

Locals take dim view after free Shard tickets reserved for residents put on eBay

Locals hit the roof as outsiders lift free passes

The best Christmas gifts for the art lover

Main image: Arctic hare, £120, The Shop Floor Project; frames, from £5, John Lewis

Dividend payouts return to IPC after leap in pre-tax profits

IPC Media, the magazines giant behind Marie Claire, NME and Country Life, yesterday showed why its US owner, Time Warner, has been keen to hang on to it, as the British company paid a £51.5m dividend.

JK Rowling turned down £2 million trip to space

JK Rowling has claimed that she created a cosmic vacancy when she turned down a trip on a spaceship.

London 2012: Kissing dancers dispel rumours of real-life romance

Two dancers who kissed as part of the Olympics opening ceremony have dismissed claims of a real-life romance and have stated that it was 'purely professional'.

The now derelict Battersea Power Station

Chelsea plans for Battersea Power Station stadium extinguished

Chelsea's hopes of moving to Battersea Power Station have been extinguished after a Malaysian consortium completed a £400million purchase of the London landmark.

Weekend Work: Time to protect young pea plants

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Shakespeare's Globe: All the world comes to a London stage

Proving all's well that ends well, Shakespeare's Globe has sold 85,000 tickets for its festival of the Bard's plays performed in 37 different languages, "wildly" exceeding expectations.

Kurt Perschke pushes a giant ball into Paignton's esplanade

Coming soon to a public space near you – a big red ball

A New York artist is the latest to bring his witty works to our streets

Stand to attention in this lovely 'Guards' circle skirt (£35) from the Queen of Twee, Cath Kidston. Cathkidston.co.uk
Invisible Sculpture (Andy Warhol, 1985): The king of Pop Art produced and installed this work at New York's Area nightclub by simply stepping on to a plinth and then stepping off it

Blank canvas: London gallery unveils 'invisible' art exhibition

In a move certain to leave art traditionalists apoplectic with rage, one of the country's leading galleries is to charge £8 for entry to a summer exhibition of works which cannot be seen.

Melvyn Bragg to interview Dizzee Rascal in South Bank Show special

Melvyn Bragg is resurrecting The South Bank Show with an interview of Dizzee Rascal in a new documentary on the rise of the grime scene.

Mary Peters' Olympic glory remembered in mini opera

Her dramatic gold medal at the Munich Olympics in 1972 ensured her status in her home country of Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles.

Barclays gets pay rebuff from a third of investors

Chairman apologises to shareholders after 2 billion votes are cast against bank's remuneration report

ITV's Fred West drama leads Bafta nominations

ITV’s Fred West dramatisation has picked up the most nominations for this year’s television Baftas, with its star Dominic West going head to head with Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch to be crowned leading actor.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links