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Mo Farah, El James, Sam Mendes … the Observer is looking at 2012 through the eyes of the people who made the year's biggest headlines. Who stood out for you in 2012?

• Interactive: People who made the headlines in 2012

From British writer El James, whose Fifty Shades of Grey books have sold over 60m copies and who now receives everything from saucy letters to custom-engraved teaspoons from fans, to Sam Mendes, the director best known for his dramas whose action-packed Bond flick has become the highest grossing film of all time, the Observer New Review looking at 2012 through the eyes of the people who made the year's biggest headlines.

Cait Reilly recalls her months campaigning against the government for the right not to work at Poundland – "This year has been overwhelming," she says – while the French editor Laurence Pieau offers few regrets over the topless photographs of Kate Middleton she published in Closer. »

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