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Jacqueline Wilson: 'I don't think spelling is being taught in school'

Tracy Beaker author Dame Jacqueline Wilson says her young overseas fans write more eloquent English than UK children.

Exclusive: Final fragments of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the author of The Leopard, one of the most poignant and enduringly popular novels of the 20th century, left only a few other pieces of fiction when he died in 1957 at the age of 60. A new book, published by Alma Classics in a

The Arts Hour: Musician Steve Martin

"I was really happy being a movie star, that's a nice job" Steve Martin

Invisible Ink: No 170 - Hilaire Belloc

One of the residents of Chelsea's illustrious Cheyne Walk, along with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, George Eliot and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Anglo-French poet, essayist and historian Hilaire Belloc was born in 1870, and famously sai

BOOKtalk: Richard Brooks

Mark D'Arcy in discussion with author Richard Brooks about his book The Great Tax Robbery.

Front Row: New Le Carre reviewed; The Politician's Husband; In the Fog

Arts with Mark Lawson, including Peter and Virginia Bottomley on The Politician's Husband.

Little Red Riding Hood by Nosy Crow - app review

Traditional fairytale gets a modern, beautifully-crafted update for iPhone and iPad Why are we encouraging kids to waste their time on apps? They should be reading books! Arguments on these lines often crop up in the comments section when I write about

Desmond Elliott Prize longlist dominated by female authors

Only three men in contention for prize that celebrates debut fiction.

Henry Cecil, by Brough Scott

"That's Henry Cecil