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In The Beginning Was The End, Somerset House, London

Theatre-goers are used to solicitous, nannying notices about strobe-lighting, nudity and even cigarette-smoking at the entrance to productions.

Poised: Murray, who started doing Bikram five years ago, says: ‘It’s tough; it’s ugly'

The key to Murray's success: Hot Yoga!

The tennis star has clearly benefited from his new training regime, writes Susie Mesure

Paperback review: HHhH, By Laurent Binet (trs by Sam Taylor)

The main character of this 'true novel' is the Nazi Reinhard Heydrich – the title comes from the SS phrase, "Himlers Hirn heisst Heydrich" ("Himmler's brain is called Heydrich") – career murderer and a chief architect of the Final Solution, a sadist who deliberately allows a political opponent to bleed to death rather than finish him off with a second bullet, devoid of redeeming features, unless a talent for the violin counts.

Rosie Millard: Tom Daley makes a bigger splash

For all the talk of our "integrated" media, the separate disciplines don't half love it when they perceive the other side to have screwed up. But never has there been a mass condemnation on the scale of how the papers received ITV's new Saturday night offering, Splash! In case you've missed it the show invites Olympic pin-up Tom Daley to teach various lardy celebrities how to dive. Oh my goodness WHAT a belly-flop, hooted the papers. The criticism of Daley stung his mother Debbie so much that yesterday she published a furious open letter to the British Swimming chief executive David Sparkes telling him that Splash! would boost, not damage the profile of diving in Britain. How right Debbie is and how very wrong the critics are. Last Saturday my entire family sat down, open-mouthed with delight, absolutely loving every moment of this show. You want Olympic legacy? How better to show Daley's extraordinary ability, and the sheer toughness of the sport, than have him teach his craft to a bunch of no-hopers.

Hell-Bent, By Benjamin Lorr

The dark side of competitive yoga and its acceptance of pain is explored in this book.

Breathless splendour: Creative director of American Vogue, Grace Coddington

IoS Books of the Year 2012: Biography and memoir

The lives of the saints and the sinned against

Kauto Star 'amazing' in assessment for possible switch to dressage

Kauto Star won five King Georges and two Cheltenham Gold Cups

‘It was like watching a lizard on a rock’: Edlinger’s exploits were recorded in the film La vie aux bouts des doigts

Patrick Edlinger: The highs and lows of France’s pioneering rock god

The rock-climber, who gave the sport mass appeal but was beset by inner demons, has died at 52

Boyd Tonkin: Is the etiquette of spoiler-avoidance a crime against critical standards?

Spoiler alert: this column not only discloses crucial details about the denouement of Ian Rankin's latest novel. It identifies the murderer in Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap - now celebrating its 60th birthday on the West End stage. So, if you genuinely care enough, au revoir and hasta la vista.

Software boss hunted over death of his neighbour

With his tinted hair and tribal tattoos, John McAfee has always stood out among the yacht-owning multi-millionaires who choose to live out their teatime years in the picturesque Caribbean tax haven of Belize.

Album: Jason Lytle, Dept. of Disappearance (Anti-)

Jason Lytle's second solo album continues his debut's fascination with his reclusive Montana existence, but here that fascination is used in the service of an overarching concept about escape and disappearance.

Video: Obama and Romney give Candy Crowley a hard time during the second Presidential Debate

Who is Candy Crowley? The short(ish) answer is she's an US news journalist and CNN's chief political correspondent. The longer answer is she's the journalist chosen to moderate the Presidential Debates and she's in hot water right now over her commitment to doing her job properly.

Merivel: a man of his time, By Rose Tremain

This sequel revisits the rackety life of a 17th-century physician who can teach us new tricks

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Who will be the face (or cheeks) of 2013?

It's the time of year we start looking for new ways to tell the time of year, with the help of naked do-gooders, furry animals, and the uncommonly chiselled pecs of a 71-year-old who should know better.

Market Report: Mothercare struggles despite new arrival

It looks like it is going to take more than a buggy assault course and an in-store coffee shop to persuade the Square Mile that Mothercare is worth buying. The struggling baby products retailer recently launched a new-look store in an attempt to revive its fortunes, but it has not stopped the attacks from scribes in the City.

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