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We will fight them on the beaches...

Benidorm introduces tough new rules aimed at out-of-control tourists in attempt to become a Unesco World Heritage Site

Lover of Unreason: The Life and Tragic Death of Assia Wevill, By Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev

The excruciatingly painful end of this fascinating biography – Assia Wevill would gas herself and Shura, her daughter by Ted Hughes, to death – overshadows everything we can learn about this unfortunate woman, even as we fantasize, as with all suicides, that we can still save her somehow before the last page and rewrite her story.

Selected Poems, By Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

This stunning Northern Irish poet is easily on a par with famous Seamus

Covert Stories: Water Cumbrian Literature Festival; Gore Vidal; The Friday Project

* For those within striking distance of the Lake District, the annual Words by the Water Cumbrian Literature Festival kicks off today for 10 days, on the shores of the lake at Keswick. Wordsworth is, of course, on the menu – so, too, Bob Dylan. There's a good deal of poetry in fact, including Blake Morrison, Alice Oswald, Sean O'Brien and Sylvia Plath, but the wide-ranging programme includes Roy Hattersley, Maggi Hambling, Mary Warnock and Lynne Truss. There's also a rare chance to hear Dr Rosalind Rawnsley, granddaughter of Canon Rawnsley, co-founder of the National Trust, in the Rawnsley family home, in a room designed by the Canon. Full details of the Festival at www.wordsbythewater.org.uk

Mad, Bad and Sad, by Lisa Appignanesi

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Rachel Howard: How To Disappear Completely, Haunch of Venison, London

A voyage to the dark side

Make war, not peace: Mitchell attacks Joan 'break your legs' Baez

Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez may have strummed their way through the golden age of the peaceniks, preaching love and tolerance, but it seems that, behind the scenes, the sisterhood of the flower power era was riven by more base instincts.

BOOKS: BUILDING A LIBRARY: Mad women

Like everyone's book shelves, mine have boundaries, categories and subdivisions visible only to myself. Books I read in a particular place, books that were all given to me by a certain person. As a rule, I usually keep fiction and non-fiction separate, except for one row of books on a high shelf.

Wintering, by Kate Moses

Ruth Padel finds a drowsy numbness in a novel of Sylvia and Ted

On Not Being Able to Sleep: psychoanalysis and the modern world, by Jacqueline Rose

A daughter of Freud gets to grips with shame

Arts: Theatre: A long day's journey into nightmare

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Books: Order and comfort in an unruly world

Time to be in Earnest: a fragment of autobiography by P D James Faber pounds 16.99
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