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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)

Tim Burton DVD/Blu-ray (87mins)

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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Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

On the road to nowhere

A Routemaster trip to remember
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

Hotel India

Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
10 best pencil cases

Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis