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Tackling the best known of all biographical subjects is a tall order, but Martin has achieved an enthralling and original portrait. Despite his Stephen Fry-like celebrity ("I believe there is hardly a day in which there is not something about me in the papers"), Johnson emerges as sad and afflicted, in keeping with his dark reflection shortly before death on "the general disease of my life".

Tweetness and light as Fry ends Twitter spat

Actor apologises in 'sheepish' return to micro-blogging site after 12-hour retirement sparked by 'boring' jibe

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The most exciting aspect of this year's Fringe is the number of quality debut solo shows. Two of the best come from overseas visitors, the Australian comedian Celia Pacquola and Canadian Pete Johansson, and another from other-worldly Englishman Jonny Sweet.

Howard Jacobson: Hark the distant angels sing, plucking a tune on just four strings

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I'm a gym convert, says slimmed-down Stephen Fry



Stephen Fry has slimmed down with a diet and tough fitness regime despite the fact he is still recovering from a bad break to his arm.

Silenced, the writer who dared to say chiropractice is bogus

Support grows for author facing crippling libel action for attack on spinal treatment
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