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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee