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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.

London 'among world's most affordable destinations'

The plunging pound has meant London has made it into the top 10 of the world's best-value destinations compiled by travel guide company Lonely Planet.

Our travel photographers get fired up

Hot off the press: winning pictures from this year's Insight Guides Travel Photography Competition

Honeymoon couple in river 'tubing' tragedy

Woman finds husband's body after three-day search

Editor-At-Large: A slimmer Auntie would be even more attractive

The BBC, once the nation's favourite broadcaster, is now the bloated institution every politician wants to castrate. Brucie's back (notwithstanding a pay cut) on Strictly, which means blissful autumn nights in front of the box for millions, but his paymasters are coming under increasingly heavy bombardment.

Tories would constrain BBC to 'core broadcasting'

The BBC will be forced to stick to "core broadcasting" if the Conservatives take government, the party's culture spokesman said today.

Guy Adams: The polar opposite to what I'd expected

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Chris Schuler: Indus epic wins travel award

Alice Albinia has won the Dolman Best Travel Book Award for 2009 for her book Empires of the Indus.

Tips & deals: 05/07/09

The competition

Don't miss your chance to enter this year's IoS / Insight Guides travel photography competition. Take a photo on the theme of "fire" to win a commission to photograph a future Insight Guide.

Go to independent.co.uk/travel or insightguides.co.uk

Tips and deals: 21/06/2009

The book

Catching the zeitgeist, Time Out is about to publish a guide recommending places to stay, to eat and to explore from, in Britain.

Inside travel: A new website promises to pay travellers to review their favourite places

Ben Ross talks to its creator, internet entrepreneur Simon Nixon

Simon Calder: Squawks, scales, skirts: airport secrets on screen

Few journeys are so exasperating as going to an airport and then failing to consummate the travel transaction by flying somewhere more alluring. Possible causes include strikes, bad weather, or because you have a job there. When I worked at Gatwick, daily disappointment was an occupational hazard: I cleaned aircraft and frisked passengers without a hope that I might one day be on the receiving end of the travel transaction. My meagre wage was supposed to assuage discontent.

The Rough Guide to Shakespeare, By Andrew Dickson

There's nothing rough at all about this confident and readable guide to plays, poems and author from a young critic who matches energy and erudition with truly Elizabethan zest. From the "special intensity and charm" of All's Well That Ends Well through Measure for Measure (that "unsettling comedy of sex in the city") to the "almost mythical resolution" of The Winter's Tale, Dickson's play-by-play survey combines sound accounts of plot, stage history, critical debate and screen adaptations with striking photos, illuminating interviews (from the likes of Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen and Zoe Wanamaker) and up-to-date bibliographies. A stylish cockade in the Rough Guides' cap, this is a must-own volume that Bard veterans and apprentices alike will punish - and reward - with daily use.

Can you write a winning travel article?

Don't miss the chance to enter this year's Independent on Sunday/Bradt travel-writing competition. The first prize is an exciting holiday for two in Colombia.

Jeremy Hunt: You Ask The Questions

The Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport answers your questions, such as 'What is the most urgent task for the next government?' and 'Who is your hero?'
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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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