When in Rome do as Hollywood stars did!

In the post-war period, dozens of spectacular American film productions were based at the Cinecitta complex built by Mussolini on the outskirts of Rome. Hollywood companies were drawn to the Eternal City by the low cost of Italian labour and the high quality of their craftsmanship, the skill of the technicians and costume-makers and the genius of the sculptors and set decorators. The story of the Italian capital's cinema scene is told in Dolce Vita Confidential By Shawn Levy.(bottom left)

Human beings in Britain as elsewhere have never had the easiest relationship with otters. For centuries we hunted them remorselessly, and why? Because they ate fish.

Martin Lindstrom is a Danish brand consultant. He says working out what millions of people are doing is all very well - but does it tell you what one person might do, or you, or me?

How American It-girl Dorothy Whitney came to Devon

Dorothy Whitney (above right) was born in 1887 into a family of American industrial aristocrats. The wealth from oil, railways, meat-packing and steel mills paid for the frolics of a Gilded Age society to rival passages in The Great Gatsby. There were spectacular balls, boxes at the Metropolitan Opera, shopping sprees to Paris, and dancing at parties where Cole Porter played the piano. Dorothy grew up in Manhattan mansions and palaces in Newport, Rhode Island, 'trimmed with vine-covered pergolas casting filigree shades'. She was, however, no flibbertigibbet.

The psychotherapist Julia Samuel, founder of the charity Child Bereavement UK, has devoted the past 28 years to working with the bereaved, and that experience shines through her book.

Although today we tend to romanticise the evacuee experience, the Jarman family story (as told by the son of one of the sisters) reminds us of the heartbreak endured by many.

In a world where Instagram reigns, it's the alternative fashionistas who are making waves in the industry.

Some of the most beautiful creatures who ever lived blossomed in the Sixties - Julie Christie, Susannah York, Jane Asher, Marianne Faithfull, Jacqueline Bisset and Charlotte Rampling.

Amanda Leask was the sort of woman to inspire feelings of envy. Clever, attractive and married to a man who adored her, she was, as her husband would whisper in her ear at night, 'living the dream'.

Most people will know that Heathcliff appears in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Mr Rochester is in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. But who's the equally dark and brooding Arthur Huntingdon?

To the generation who grew up in the Sixties and Seventies, Patti Boulaye was the strikingly beautiful actress and singer who appeared in the musical Hair.

How do you prepare a teenager for the things that really matter in adult life? Here is Peter Dunne's answer to that mighty parenting conundrum: a book comprising 50 short essays.

Maud Russell's diaries reveal wartime affair with Fleming

Yet another book of wartime recollections by a society hostess? As I opened this book with its painting of Maud Russell sitting up in her flouncy Thirties bed on the dustjacket, I guessed these might be rather shallow diaries jazzed up with a bit of Blitz excitement.

J. C. McKeown, a U.S. professor of Classics, has collected together some of the ways the Greeks and Romans treated their sick. Plutarch advised against straining your voice on a full stomach or after sex.

There is disagreement over what we mean by 'space' - some people say 62 miles from Earth, but Nasa astronauts earn their wings at a mere 50 miles.

The climate was steamy, alcohol was plentiful and there was a ratio of 200 servicemen to each Navy Wren stationed in Gibraltar during World War II.

We must all give thanks we didn't live on the floor below the Tynans' flat. The din was constant. 'He's going to kill me, he's going to kill me!' Elaine would be shrieking, as Ken took aim with a heavy glass ashtray.

With essays from Harper's Bazaar UK editor-in-chief Justine Picardie and fashion writer Susan Bright, this book is the essential introduction to Heck's weird and wonderful work.

Brave boys the fat man branded liars: How Cyril Smith's victims were ignored when they

All this week, Labour MP Simon Danczuk is laying bare how the Establishment, the Liberal Party, the police and even MI5 covered up the industrial-scale child abuse of 29-stone Rochdale MP Cyril Smith. Today, how his victims were ignored and betrayed when they tried to expose their suffering.