National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner releases  book

Sir Nicholas Hytner recalls how Harold Pinter launched a foul mouth attack at him because he declined to revive a Pinter play at the National as he releases a new book about his role at the famous theatre on London's Southbank. And while War Horse has now been seen by seven million people worldwide, but the play almost didn't make it to the stage - here Hynter reveals why. Pictured: Pinter (left) the National (right) and Hynter's new book (inset).

Vanessa Potter awoke one day to discover that she had lost 70 per cent of her vision after developing a neurological condition called NMO which meant she had to relearn to use her senses.

Come on in ladies — but keep your clothes on!

Even if you're not particularly interested in swimming, this book will delight you. Jenny Landreth developed an addiction to swimming in the unheated Tooting Bec Lido all year round - it makes her feel 'alive, like I've never felt alive before' - but she's otherwise perfectly normal and likes cake and hot chocolate just as much as the rest of us do.

Jenny Landreth developed an addiction to swimming in the unheated Tooting Bec Lido all year round - it makes her feel 'alive, like I've never felt alive before'.

Allan Jenkins was given up by his mother aged just eight weeks. At the age of five, he was fostered by Lilian and Dudley Drabble who chucked him out at 15.

According to Ian Mortimer, once Oliver Cromwell was out of the way and cavalier King Charles II had been ushered back on to the throne, life in 1660 Britain was back to beer and skittles.

When Ted Blackbrow left his East End grammar school at the age of 15, his headmaster told his parents he might get a job as a dustman. He went on to become an outstanding Fleet Street photographer.

You'll need a while to get over the first three pages of this book. Portia, the first woman to qualify as a gamekeeper in Scotland, has taken a punter out to shoot a stag.

Have you ever dreamed of writing a bestseller? There's still time to enter the Daily Mail First Novel Competition. The prize is a £20,000 publishing deal with Penguin Random House.

Euston Station on a forlorn winter's night. Min Kym and her cellist boyfriend, en route to Manchester, find a table at a cafe, buy tea and sit waiting on the cold forecourt.

Undeterred by a well-nigh unbroken litany of sex abuse scandals over the years, the British still pack more children off to boarding schools than any other country on Earth.

Some lucky folk have a deep love of nature rooted in childhood; others make their discoveries later in life - when the patient observation of birds, trees, wild flowers and wildlife becomes a sublime refuge.

Brother investigates brother's tragic death 40 years on

An unspeakable tragedy befell the Beard family from Swindon on August 18, 1978, during their holiday in north Cornwall. Nine-year-old Nicky, enjoying one final play in the waves after a blissful day on Tregardock beach, near Port Isaac, was swept off his feet and drowned.

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?

Ezra Pound was the most difficult man of the 20th century, writes Daniel Swift in his prologue - a claim that at first sight may seem completely over the top.

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.

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'.

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.

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.