Some authors vanish in plain sight, recalled by their most successful work, which comes to define an entire career. A friend of mine has written mytho-logies, Victoriana, crime and magical realism, but publishers are unable to mention her without inserting the title of her greatest success into her name, in the way that pantomime stars are bracketed by their TV shows. Typecasting is a problem that afflicts most successful writers.
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Friday 24 January 2014
A boy enters a palace of a hundred rooms where an assassin may lurk behind every door and shadowy figures are reflected in a Hall of Mirrors. An astonishing treasure lies at its heart, but powerful enemies are at the gates.
Tips and deals of the week: Snow Angel Ski Wear, Ryanair business tickets and the Marrakech Riad Travel Guide
Saturday 18 January 2014
Sunday 01 December 2013
Colin Brown investigates 10 defining events in British history – such as the signing of Magna Carta, the Battle of Agincourt, Queen Elizabeth I’s pre-Armada speech to the troops at Tilbury, and the Falklands war – and explores the truth behind the myth. Magna Carta was not a charter for individual liberty, but a concession wrung from King John to protect the privileges of the barons. Our view of it owes much to the way it was used in the 17th century by Edward Coke to challenge Charles I’s claim to rule by Divine Right, and the fact that it was an inspiration for the American Declaration of Independence.
Tuesday 08 October 2013
The Lonely Planet has published a new book showcasing beauty from across the globe. From a cityscape of Manhattan, New York to a sprawling aerial shot of the Lake District, the Lonely Planet's Beautiful World has a selection of amazing images celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of the world.
Tuesday 01 October 2013
Travel group Thomas Cook today unveiled a new “sunny heart” logo and the simple message “Let’s Go” in a major rebranding, but some observers warned that it looked “bland” and could lead to confusion.
Sunday 15 September 2013
Slowly, and almost indiscernibly, the taboos of my youth are being shed. The other day I caught myself thinking about attaching some sort of strap to my reading glasses.
Tuesday 30 July 2013
Here’s an idea for an online start-up: TrapAdvisor, warning online travel operators about possible fake reviews. It might have helped the folk at TripAdvisor realise there was something fishy about Oscar’s.
Lord Patten to leave after true scale of ‘dark days’ laid bare as BBC admits pay for top bosses soared by 60 per cent
Tuesday 16 July 2013
Chairman of Trust to stand down in 2015 after ‘chaotic’ year of vast redundancy payouts and failure of £100m digital project
Tuesday 16 July 2013
Show's stalwart presenter Jim Naughtie has moved to work on coverage of Scottish independence referendum
Saturday 06 July 2013
Our obsession with “Big” doubtless has some Freudian explanation. And scholars will probably explain how “Five” is hard-wired into our cultural psyche, from the wounds of Christ to the pillars of Islam. But why must this expression become the raison d’être of the African safari? Big Five experience, Big Five lodge, Big Five tea towel: it’s everywhere.
Thursday 27 June 2013
Two MI5 officers disobeyed instructions to stay apart from each other and held a secret rendezvous to watch the espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a court heard.
Friday 07 June 2013
Whether you want to know where to go, how to get there, the finest places to stay or what to avoid at all costs, Sarah Barrell has a treasure-trove of information for the trip of a lifetime
Tuesday 04 June 2013
At the New York Hilton, you will soon have to make do with a 'grab 'n go' cafeteria
Saturday 01 June 2013
From coffee tours and festival checklists to the Grand Canal and the pyramids
Independent on Sunday travel writing competition: Write your way to an inspirational week in Croatia
Sunday 21 April 2013
We have once again joined forces with Bradt Travel Guides to offer readers the chance to win our travel-writing competition, with a top prize this year of a holiday for two to the Croatian region of Istria. PLUS have your winning story published in 'The Independent on Sunday' and Independent.co.uk
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
- 1 Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
- 2 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 3 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness