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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

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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.

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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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