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It’s time for an authors’ revolution

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Here is my 'Endpaper' piece for the summer edition of The Author, the magazine published for professional writers by the Society of Authors. Is it just me, or has everything  suddenly gone rather quiet?  Authors are used to hearing that...

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Bye-bye nannie…

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Half-close your eyes, apply a bit of imagination, and you will see a startling resemblance between Harriet Harman, acting leader of the Labour Party, and Mary Portas, the TV bossyboots who likes to be known as "Mary Queen of Shops"....

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The dead are public property

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Did Anne Frank have sex? The unlikely and, some might say, impertinent question has been raised in the publicity surrounding the publication in the autumn of a novel for teenagers called Annexed. The book's author, Sharon Dogar, is said to...

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Dancing himself into the tomb

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From the moment that Sebastian Horsley entered the church, his coffin draped in red glittering material like a large Christmas present, it was clear that this was going to be an unusual funeral. The sound of Marc Bolan’s Cosmic Dancer,...

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A woman-hater writes…

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Last Friday, my Independent column was about our great age of nannying  - in politics, on TV, in life - and how it seemed to be drawing to a close. I opened the piece by drawing a comparison between Mary...

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Unmarried couples are people, too

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The sickly scent of marital smugness is in the air. Helen Mirren has said the secret of her marriage is loyalty rather than romance. BBC Women's Hour has been solemnly discussing Michelle Obama's idea of "date nights" as a matrimonial...

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Women’s struggle to be taken seriously

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There has almost certainly been an authoritative survey, conducted by some obscure, PR-minded university, proving beyond doubt that women's brain's are better than men's at accommodating two apparently conflicting ideas and achieving a balance between the two. Women, for example,...

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The ways to save the planet

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A Jeremiah in cavalry twills, the Prince of Wales has been warning us all about the state of our souls. Western society has become materialist and secular, he told the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. Science has objectified nature. The...

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Sebastian Horsley – a dear dandy

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  Insanely, absurdly. Sebastian Horsley has been found dead, having apparently taken an overdose of heroin. Although he lived life on the edge – over the edge sometimes – he always seemed to be a survivor. Because he was never...

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I blog therefore I am

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  When Steve Jobs, chief executive of Apple, recently expressed a worry that his country was becoming a nation of bloggers, he found himself in trouble with those sensitive souls who write about, and for, the new media. Jobs had...

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