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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.

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A Rough Guide to the Heart by Pam Houston | Yes We Have No by Nik Cohn | Chocolat by Joanne Harris | Gerald Durrell by Douglas Botting | Foreign Brides by Elena Lappin

Football: Facts, fantasy and fun are at the fans' fingertips

SO WHO'LL be No 1 at Christmas and the Millennium? Never mind the pop charts, we're talking sports books here. At the end of a year notable for the number of self-justifying autobiographies published, it was gratifying to find a reference work heading the bestsellers in the Sportspages shop going into December.

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Queen's PR will return to Centrica

THE QUEEN'S press secretary, Simon Lewis, is to return to gas seller and car rescuer Centrica next year to run one of its key businesses.

DK opens a new chapter on the Net

DORLING KINDERSLEY, the reference-book producer, is to become Britain's first publisher to give free access to all its content over the Internet.

New offence to cut child abuse

A GOVERNMENT report will tomorrow recommend the creation of a new criminal offence to prevent sex offenders applying to work with children.

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Golf: Golfing injuries are entirely in the head

EVEN THOSE of us who have a passion for golf and thrill to the exploits of great players have to concede that the strain it imposes is almost entirely mental.

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1 Amsterdam Ian McEwan/Vintage pounds 6.99

TRAVEL: COMPETITION: LITERALLY LOST 77

This excerpt has been taken from a work of travel literature. Readers are invited to tell us: a) where is the action taking place? b) who is the author? Blackwell's Bookshops will award pounds 30-worth of book tokens to the first correct answer out of the hat. Answers on a postcard to: Literally Lost, Independent on Sunday, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5DL. Usual competition rules apply. Entries to arrive by this Thursday. Literally lost 76: The book was `A Time Of Gifts' by Patrick Leigh Fermor. The action took place in Hofbrauhaus in Munich. The winner is Megan McGilchrist from Brockley, London.

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1 Amsterdam Ian McEwan/Vintage pounds 6.99

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