1. Tom Wolfe ( The Bonfire of the Vanities) died on 14 May, aged 88; Philip Roth ( Portnoy’s Complaint) died eight days later aged 85. 2. She is the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Australia’s House of Representatives. 3. Romania. 4. Law. He went on to become a KGB intelligence officer. 5. Elton John. 6. Kiri Te Kanawa. 7. It would cause you some discomfort; demophobia is fear of crowds. 8. The marathon covers 42.195km; the half-marathon 21.1km. 9. Giuseppe Verdi. It is from the 1842 opera Nabucco. 10. Repair, replace or refund. 11. J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. 12. Sylvia Plath.