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

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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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