IoS paperback review: Disaster Was My God: The Life of Arthur Rimbaud, By Bruce Duffy

As a teenager, Arthur Rimbaud shocked 19th-century Paris with his experimental verse and taste for debauchery (he had an affair with the married poet Paul Verlaine, who later shot him in a fit of jealousy).

Book of a lifetime: Maus by Art Spiegelman

I'm not ashamed to admit it; I do read prose books. However, being a writer and artist of graphic novels, I find myself obliged to choose one in order to champion the form in general.

Brendan Rodgers will attempt to strengthen his squad in January

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers ready for Bill Shankly turn of his own

Rodgers' struggles reflect those of his most famous predecessor

On Warne, by Gideon Haigh

"The trouble is, people I've never met think they know all about me," Shane Warne remarked to Gideon Haigh the first time they met. The best leg-spinner the world has ever seen is, of course, partly to blame for this himself, having produced three (ghostwritten) autobiographies, but they hardly gave a rounded view: as Ludwig Wittgenstein observed, "Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself".

The Voice format tweaked to include more blind auditions in bid to improve ratings

There will be more blind auditions and fewer live shows in the new series of The Voice as BBC bosses attempt to improve its viewing figures.

Martin Fay: Founder-member of the Chieftains

'I had no interest in Irish music,' he recalled. 'I wanted to be a soloist in the Carnegie Hall'

Profile: Lord Alistair McAlpine

Instant rapport with Thatcher was followed by a fierce loyalty

We live with our parents, act more politely and abuse fewer drugs. Is this Generation Zzzz?

To be a rebel you need a society to rebel against - but we adore the hell-raisers

Drags to riches: Lily Savage

Boyd Tonkin: Why (some) celebs deserve applause in print

The Week In Books

Sinking feeling: Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe has revealed his battle against depression in his book

Swimming: Thorpe opens up over drink and depression

The Australian swimming star Ian Thorpe says he has spent much of his life battling "crippling depression", and often drank huge amounts of alcohol to manage his moods.

Cheryl opens up about Simon Cowell's US X Factor snub and Ashley Cole's infidelity

Only weeks after it began in May, Cheryl Cole was dropped as a judge from US X Factor. She's now revealed what happened with music mogul Cowell after she heard the news.

Slum life on Johnson prize list

A book about life in an Indian slum and the story of George Mallory's attempt to climb Everest are among the contenders for a prestigious literary prize.

Rod Stewart: Women threw themselves at me so much, I became bored of sex

A case of so many women, too little time.

Rod Stewart has revealed that he got tired and bored of sex because so many women threw themselves at him at the height of his fame.

Actor and comedian David Walliams will be editing The Independent and sister paper i in aid of Sport Relief

David Walliams reveals suicide attempts

TV funnyman David Walliams has revealed he has tried to kill himself several times during his life-long battle with depression.

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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
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Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

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Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
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What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
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10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

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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?