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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.

Leading article: A powerful case for a well-funded and confident public broadcaster

James Murdoch used the MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival last year to tear great lumps out of the BBC.

Gadgets on the go - the gizmos that can ease your summer travels

Whether the Apple iPad will lead to travellers leaving half a dozen books at home remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt that virtual travel sites and guides are transforming the way many of us will see the world this summer.

In search of Kunegunda: A journey to the past in a Polish country churchyard

This poignant tale about a trip to eastern Europe won Marie Kreft the 2010 IoS/Bradt Travel Writing competition

BBC Worldwide posts record profits of £145m

BBC Worldwide, the broadcaster's commercial arm, hit record annual profits of £145.2m as programmes including Doctor Who proved hugely popular around the world last year.

Album: Various artists, Rough Guide...Russian Gypsies (World Music Network)

"Russian Romance" has a fascinating history, having been a staple of both Russian and Russian-gypsy cultures for two centuries, and having had a big boost from the Soviets.

A Time of Mourning, By Christobel Kent

I'm not quite sure when Florence turned from a lovers' playground to a backdrop for vein-slashing, throat-opening mayhem. Christobel Kent's first case for Florentine private eye Sandro Cellini arrives in the tumultuous wake of Michele Giuttari's crime series which mixed death, espresso and political manoeuvring in a manner that only the city's former police chief could nail.

Are you inspired to write a winning travel story?

To your keyboards! It's time to enter this year's Independent on Sunday/Bradt Travel-Writing Competition. And to help get those creative juices flowing, we publish extracts from previous years' prize-winning stories to show you how it's done

Tips and deals of the week: 28/03/2010

The retreat

Just open in the Swiss Alps, Equilibrium is a bespoke retreat in Verbier offering hiking, yoga and wellness treatments.

Go to equilibriumverbier.com

Inside VICE magazine's alternative travel guides

Since 2007 the VICE travel guides have brought us some of the most unusual travel films around: From Beirut to Bulgaria, Chernobyl to Congo the guides have taken the viewer on journeys to surreal and often dangerous places.

Enchanted Glass, By Diana Wynne Jones

No one has ever written quite like Diana Wynne Jones. The author of over 40 novels, she combines the delicate humour and nostalgic village settings of Barbara Pym with the wild imagination of JRRTolkien, who was her somewhat disengaged tutor at Oxford in the 1950s.

Call for sale of BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm of the BBC, should be split from the corporation and turned into a global communications company brand to promote and sell British television programmes around the world, a committee of peers has recommended.

How We Met: Alastair Sawday & Patrick Dawson

'It was wild – the locals in the hills had only recently had their first contact with Europeans'

The 50 best winter walks

From tough treks along wild Scottish trails, to relaxing strolls down the lanes and meadows of the Home Counties, Lucy Gillmore presents the experts’ rambling recommendations

Tips and deals: 20/12/2009

The books

Top luggage company Tumi has joined forces with Hg2, the hedonist series of travel guides, to produce a new, stylish range of books on cities from Paris to Buenos Aires. The boxed set of eight Tumi Hg2 guides costs £125 and is available from London's Tumi store and Harrods

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