This year's best-selling singer, Adele, is absent from HMV album of the year list
It takes a brave writer to tackle the epic subject of the French Revolution. But historical novelist Katharine McMahon, author of a bestselling novel set during the Crimean War, The Rose of Sebastopol, takes no prisoners. It's the summer of 1788 and Paris is ablaze with revolutionary ideas. Swept along in the excitement is Asa Ardleigh, a 19-year-old Englishwoman visiting the city with her newly-married sister, Philippa.
US auction house expects bids in excess of $300,00 as memorabilia attracts new wave of buyers
Simulated battles aren't everyone's cup of tea – but for those who take part (some 20,000 people in the UK), they are a serious business: call their uniforms "costumes" and you might find yourself on the sharp end of a bayonet.
Danish drama on the high seas
Facial hair is wildly popular among young men, but is this a good thing? As Gillette launches a jokey new viral campaign, two writers go chin to chin
I'm at my home in Highgate, north London, on the top floor, looking through the window onto the tops of trees, wet roofs and chimneys.
Survivors of mudslides in mountain towns north of Rio recounted today the horrors of watching homes swept away by walls of earth and water and of frantic efforts to dig with bare hands and reach trapped neighbours.
His reputation languished after the arrival of the Angry Young Men in the 1950s. But the National Theatre's production of 'After The Dance' promises to right a theatrical wrong, says Paul Taylor
Chloe Smith became the country's youngest MP, aged 27, last year. The Conservative member for Norwich North, she was elected to the seat when the local MP Ian Gibson (Labour) stood down during the expenses furore
Few of the Central American migrants looking to escape to the United States are prepared for the horrors they will endure along the way. Entering Mexico through one of its border states (most often Chiapas or Tabasco), they face a constant threat of persecution, and, at present, lack even the most basic of human rights.
Once dismissed as fashion victims, The Horrors have forged a distinct identity with their second album. Nick Hasted meets them as they graduate to the big league
Party-popper chandeliers and hand-grenade lamps are lighting the way for a new trend
The air was thick with the scent of incense and freshly cut flowers, as more than a dozen white-robed Orthodox priests sang hymns and recited prayers in a three-hour service at the funeral of Alexander Solzhenitsyn in Moscow.
Cannes was long on big themes and short on levity but there were some gems, not least a hymn to home by Terence Davies
Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican film-maker with a cult following for his fantasy horror movies, is to direct the two prequel films to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.