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Without question, the book that has most influenced my life has been Naked Lunch by William S Burroughs. I was astonished by the outrageous pot-head humour: crazy ideas taken way beyond their normal limits. The book was a savage indictment of American racism and consumerism, it dealt with the corruption, graft and lies of politicians with Swiftian humour. I had never read anything like, then or since.

Ronnie O’Sullivan announces his comeback in London

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan's back – after a few hours' practice with a delivery driver

'The Rocket' will defend his world title despite not playing at top level since quitting last May

Ronnie O'Sullivan has missed ranking tournaments in China and Australia since landing his fourth Crucible title

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan will return to defend world title

O'Sullivan has been on sabbatical

Derek Rose (left), the former boyfriend of Tamara Ecclestone (right), tried to blackmail the heiress for £200,000

Tamara Ecclestone's ex-boyfriend Derek Rose jailed for four years for £200,000 blackmail

A former boyfriend of socialite and model Tamara Ecclestone was today jailed for four years for blackmailing the heiress for £200,000.

Hollywood stars gather ahead of the Oscars

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are gathering ahead of the Oscars.

DVD & Blu-ray review: Frankenweenie (PG)

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Hugh Grant said it was “fun” play a darker role on Cloud Atlas

Hugh Grant shows his dark side in multiple Cloud Atlas roles

Hugh Grant said last night it was "fun" to bring out a darker side for his multiple roles in the screen adaptation of Cloud Atlas, rather than the bumbling English gent he normally plays.

Full list of Bafta award winners

The EE British Academy Film Awards were held in London tonight.

The film version of 'Shawshank Redemption' with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman

Shawshank Redemption voted 'best Oscars also-ran'

Prison drama The Shawshank Redemption has been hailed by movie buffs as the greatest film to miss out on a best picture Oscar.

Daniel Craig in Skyfall

Skyfall, Anna Karenina and Life of Pi win at the Art Directors Guild awards

Skyfall, Anna Karenina, and Life of Pi were winners at the Art Directors Guild awards on Saturday, a ceremony that celebrates production design in Hollywood.

Co-handler Ron Ploucha holds Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog during the Groundhog Day celebration at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, USA

Punxsutawney Phil, rubbish weather forecaster

Punxsutawney Phil, the celebrated groundhog, was taken out of his burrow this weekend to reveal that spring would come early this year. Good news for those Americans who have suffered from the extremes of weather of late, but things look less good for those who prefer a more scientific approach.

On a mission: Hilary Swank, right, and Brenda Blethyn as Mary and Martha

Heads Up: Curtis wheels out some big guns to target malaria

What are we talking about? A 90-minute, one-off drama from the BBC – and HBO – about two women, one American, one English; they have little in common, but both have lost sons to malaria, picked up in Africa.

Rowan Atkinson as St John Quartermaine
and Conleith Hill as Henry Windscape in Quartermaine's Terms by Simon Gray at the Wyndham's Theatre

First Night: Quartermaine's Terms; Wyndham's Theatre, London

Atkinson gives a masterclass in awkward for return to the stage

Bruce Willis (left) as John McClane in the five-film Die Hard series

Welcome to the party, Pal: 'Die Hard' and Bruce Willis's John McClane make it to 25, just about intact

It's 25 years since Die Hard was released. Yippee-ki-yay to that, says Tim Walker

Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand

Arnold Schwarzenegger: It's great to be back acting

Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed it is "great" to be back - as he returns with a vengeance on the big screen.

Helena Bonham Carter with her Critic's Circle award

'It suddenly seems like I've got a contagion of diseases, I mean awards' - Helena Bonham Carter on Critics' Circle gong

Helena Bonham Carter has said she hoped her lifetime achievement award from the Critics' Circle was not a hint to stop acting.

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Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
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Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

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The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

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Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
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Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

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Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

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Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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