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What’s the best newspaper headline of all time?
by Jonny on Oct 29, 2008 at 12:33 pm
Categories: News

We’ve gone slightly NewsBiscuit crazy this month, and can’t wait to get our hands on the book – Isle of Wight to get Ceefax: And Other Groundbreaking Stories from Newsbiscuit, which is published on 6th November.

To keep us busy till then we have teamed up with Poll the People to bring you a Newsbiscuit-inspired top ten poll on the best newspaper headlines of all time. Vote for your favourite below!

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by Jonny on Oct 27, 2008 at 4:23 pm
Categories: News

A pair of identical twins have had each other’s face successfully transplanted on to their own in the world’s first ever double face transplant

The identical twins, Don and Ron Withers from Brighton,Sussex, made medical history this week after enduring twenty-two hours of surgery under anaesthetic, but emerged looking fit and well with barely a mark to suggest the ground-breaking operation they had just been through. ‘It’s amazing,’ said their mother Jane Withers. ‘Now Don looks like Ron and Ron looks like Don. Hopefully now they can both start a completely new life with their entirely new look.’

TwinsFor the past three years Mrs Withers has fought a lone battle against the National Health Service who consistently refused to carry out the radical and very expensive operation on her two identical sons. ‘The bureaucrats and accountants in the NHS just didn’t want to know,’ said Mrs Withers. ‘One doctor even said, “What’s the point?” Like there’s one rule for identical twins and another rule for everybody else!’

But luckily for the Withers family, a little-known Russian surgeon had read about her plight and offered to carry out the operation privately. ‘I couldn’t believe my luck when Mr Yarov said he would be prepared to do the transplant if I could raise the necessary cash. Some people might think that half a million pounds is a lot of money for a face swap, but my two boys are worth it.’ Ron and Don Withers were then taken to Mr Yarov’s impromptu operating theatre where they were given a general anaesthetic. Many hours later they awoke, wrapped in bandages, with their anxious mother sitting beside them awaiting the finished result. ‘I hadn’t been allowed to see the operating theatre, or meet any of the other medical staff involved because of health and safety regulations. But when Mr Yarov took off the bandages I couldn’t believe my eyes. My boys looked perfect – not a bruise or a scar on them; you’d never think that they’d just been through a major op! I’ve had to sell my house and cash in my pension, but Mr Yarov deserves every penny if this can help my two boys start a new life.’

Tired of the credit crunch? Want some good news? For more stories like this get your hands on a copy of Isle of Wight to Get Ceefax: and other groundbreaking stories from NewsBiscuit now!  And for a daily dose of satirical news check out the infamous!

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by Lynsey on Oct 24, 2008 at 10:00 am
Categories: Andy McNab , News

Andy McNab’s eagerly anticipated new novel is published on the 7th November. Now I could wait patiently for the next two weeks and sit on the exclusive action-packed extract I had planned to post, but would you want to sit on a piece of fiction so explosive that my heart races just thinking about it and I come out in a cold sweat?

No here at between the lines we are not that selfish, for your enjoyment may I have the pleasure in presenting to you in all it’s intense finery an extract from… BRUTE FORCE!!

Brute Force

I watched Benjamin Lesser hunch over the TPU, remove a penknife from his jeans and unscrew the lid. He turned the Parkway anti-clockwise, lifted out the rubber pad and dropped it and the knife onto the deck. Then he made his way back the way he had come. He was walking, not running. Good drills: he didn’t want to break a leg and be stuck down here when the device kicked off. He wanted to make sure he could get upstairs before the Parkway did its bit.
      The moment he’d disappeared, I legged it towards the TPU. He’d set the Parkway to fifteen minutes. I grabbed the rubber, jammed it into place and turned the dial back down to zero.
      I picked up the knife and cut the ring main about three metres from the detonator. Whatever happened now, only three metres of det cord would ignite. It had the power to rip through human flesh, but it wasn’t going to do much damage to the ship.
      I edged round beside the first dustbin lid and waited. Big Ben would be back. He was too professional and committed to just shrug his shoulders when it didn’t detonate.
      I kept reminding myself that his death had to look like an accident. I imagined the frantic activity up on deck as they tried to get the boats away before it detonated.

      The fifteen minutes passed.

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Win A Signed Copy of Dreams That Glitter!!
by Lynsey on Oct 22, 2008 at 7:54 pm
Categories: girls aloud , News

Thursday 9th October saw Nadine, Kimberley, Cheryl, Sarah and Nicola don their signing attire and call the shots at Waterstones in Piccadilly to sign copies of their new autobiography Dreams that Glitter!

That’s right, the sound of the underground was that the multi-talented award winning pop sensation Girls Aloud got all tangled up in the crowds at Waterstones Piccadilly. The girls looked stunning, like models and had no regrets, saying wild horses couldn’t have stopped them attending as they had a whole lotta history with their fans. Our super sneaky BTL correspondant cornered the girls with a rendition of something kinda ooooh and they happily signed a copy for BTL saying it’s magic and they were close to love.


If you didn’t manage to get along to see the girls check out this clip by the BBC


So if a signed copy is everything you ever wanted just send an email to with your name and address and answer to the following question and we’ll give you the promise that we’ll pick a winner at random from the correct answers! And don’t worry if you can’t speak French as the question’s in English!


Q. How many Girls Aloud song titles are there hidden (waiting to jump out) artfully in this article?


Fingers crossed for some kind of miracle!


Girls Aloud at Waterstones Piccadilly



Girls Aloud

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A spokesman for Amy Winehouse has revealed that the singer is very excited about the recent biography and hopes to discover exactly what has happened during the last few years of her life.

Publishers of the controversial book by Nick Johnstone became nervous after the singer began bombarding them with requests for an advance copy. They presumed that the Grammy winner must be concerned about potentially libellous allegations, but in fact she was just curious to know how she came to wake up on the floor of a hotel bathroom with smudged mascara, a wonky beehive and a number of empty vodka bottles.

Amy Winehouse

‘Amy is hoping that the book might jog one or two memories,’ said her manager down the phone. ‘Her short-term memory is not quite as strong as it might be,’ he continued, before breaking off to say, ‘I’m your manager, Amy . . . ’

‘She can vaguely recall walking into a recording studio in 2002, but after that it’s all a bit of a blur. Amy is apparently worried that she might have possibly made a bit of an arse of herself on the odd night out,’ he resumed. ‘She’s just grateful that at least there aren’t any embarrassing photos out there.’

Tired of the credit crunch?  Want some good news?  For more stories like this get your hands on a copy of Isle of Wight to Get Ceefax: and other groundbreaking stories from NewsBiscuit now!  And for a daily dose of satirical news, check out the infamous!

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Anvil show Transworld how to Rock!
by Jonny on Oct 22, 2008 at 3:28 pm
Categories: Anvil , News

At fourteen, Toronto school friends Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band Anvil went on to become the “demi-gods of Canadian metal,” releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982’s “Metal on Metal”. The album influenced a musical generation including Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. All those bands went on to sell millions of records but Anvil’s career would take a different path – straight to obscurity.

When Hollywood screen writer Sacha Gervasi was just 15 years of age he stumbled upon the opportunity to roadie for the band who, at the time, were set for mega stardom. 20 years on and Sacha, Lips and Robb are reunited in Sachas directorial debut. Transworld will be publishing Anvil! The Story of Anvil to coincide with the film’s UK release in Spring next year. It’s the autobiography of Lips and Robb, two inspirational aging rockers who are now in their mid-fifties, and still heroically following their dream.

Here at Between The Lines we are always looking for exciting new ventures so when I got the chance to attend the premier of Anvil! The Story of Anvil at the London Film Festival I obviously donned my leathers and screamed Rock On! to the world. With an introduction from fellow rocker and supporter of the band, Keanu Reeves, the evening could be described as nothing other than…totally bodacious!

The film was a massive success with the audience whooping, screaming and occasionally shedding a tear as the band give a truly honest, personal account of their life and maintaining their dreams since their short lived success in the early 1980s.

Right on cue, as the last of the credits disappeared from the screen, lead singer and guitarist Lips leapt on stage and treated the audience to a 5 minute guitar solo followed by a full band performance of their 1982 hit Metal on Metal.

Click on this link to find out more about the film.

The video below tells what happened when the film was taken to the Sundance Film Festival recently.

If you want to spot some famous (and not so famous yet familiar) faces have at look at this special BBC clip recorded outside the cinema in Leicester Square.

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When Will There Be Good News?
by Jonny on Oct 22, 2008 at 12:27 pm
Categories: News

The news. It’s not exactly cheery at the best of times but, what with the credit crunch, climate change and Sarah Palin, the last few weeks have reached new lows.

Thank heavens, then, for NewsBiscuit. Delivering a daily burst of life into our inboxes, it’s a satirical look at how the news might be. And, with headlines like ‘Sainsbury’s Launch New Gullible Range’ and ‘Ryanair to Charge for Emotional Baggage’, it’s very funny indeed. Now, thanks to John O’Farrell, bestselling author and editor of the website, the best of Newsbiscuit is being brought to you in one glossy, colourful and hilarious book, Isle of Wight to Get Ceefax: and other groundbreaking stories from NewsBiscuit.

We at Between-the-Lines are delighted to be bringing you a sneak preview in the form of four exclusive NewsBiscuit stories over the next month. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Isle of Wight to get Ceefax

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Discworld Creator’s Second Life on Nation Island!
by Lynsey on Oct 20, 2008 at 4:26 pm
Categories: News

Terry Pratchett has appeared in the virtual world Second Life, taking part in a live Q&A with fans from around the globe. Terry answered a host of questions in the author auditorium on Elysian Isle and then teleported to the Nation island to meet more fans.

Terry’s appearance was part of a month long promotion in Second Life, which involved the creation of a special Nation island, modelled on the island in Terry’s latest book NATION, costume parties, virtual book samplers and video and audio playbacks. This was the largest Second Life project Random House has undertaken to date, and it has generated an unprecedented amount of online buzz.

Celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of Discworld are now drawing to a close. The year has seen a wide ranging marketing and PR campaign including a special London taxi in Discworld livery, window display competitions for independent bookshops, Discworld reading groups, marathon signing sessions at Foyles and Waterstone’s Piccadilly as well as the tiny CK Broadhurst and Hayling Island bookshops.

If you have yet to get your much-thumbed copy of Nation signed, Terry will be appearing at the Forbidden Planet book shop in London on the 3rd November at 6pm.

 The full transcript of Terry’s Second Life interview is available at:

Elysian Isle

Terry Pratchett in Second Life

The Auditorium

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Spread the word!
by Jonny on Oct 17, 2008 at 4:04 pm
Categories: News

The new Spread the Word: Books to Talk About site is launched today at and the promotion of the long list of 50 great Books to Talk About commences.  Transworld fantastically has four titles on the longlist which are: I Think There’s Something Wrong With Me by Nigel Smith, Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert, Train to Trieste by Domnica Radulescu and The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum

I think there’s something wrong with meSeason of the Witch

Train to trieste The Opposite of love

Vote for your favourite title at! Voting on the longlist closes on 2nd January 2009 and the shortlist will be announced on 30th January to coincide with the publication of a special supplement in the Guardian; voting on the shortlist will re-open at that time. The winner of The Book to Talk About 2009 will be announced on World Book Day – Thursday 5th March.

If you want to read more, there’s a detailed piece on Telegraph online today, which lists all the titles

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Another No. 1 for Transworld Ireland!
by Jonny on Oct 15, 2008 at 11:51 am
Categories: News

Irish rugby star, Ronan O’Gara, has had a very eventful week. Not only has he just become a father to twins, but Ronan O’Gara – My Autobiography gone straight to No. 1 in the Irish book charts!

Ronan O’Gara – My Autobiography is Transworld Ireland’s fourth Irish Number 1 bestseller in the imprint’s first year of publishing. Check out the cracking reviews below and pick up your copy now!

“Candour is a defining characteristic of O’Gara’s and pervades his autobiography, just as it does [Roy] Keane’s… O’Gara has produced a compelling read” – The Irish Independent

“The breezy tone of this engaging, candid read is pure O’Gara. This engrossing book sails straight between the posts”
The Irish Times


 Ronan O Gara


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