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The popular video of YouTube, 'Shit Girls Say' has just landed a book deal with Harlequin

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Self-publishers accuse PayPal of censorship

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We Love: Glassworks Studio - One of The Audit’s favourite virtual-shopping sites has sprung to life with a pop-up shop hosting a brilliant edit of sought-after brands. Until 11 February, 9 Mercer Street, St Martin’s Courtyard.

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Any enthusiastic app fan can be an instant expert

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