News Former Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans leaves Preston Crown Court after his pre-trial hearing to face charges of sexual assault on January 24, 2014 in Preston, Lancashire.

The Conservative MP resigned as Commons deputy speaker after he was charged in September

Time-traveller: Stephen King

11.22.63, By Stephen King

The point of the tale of terror is not, in the end, the specifics of what kills us – the vampires, the elder gods, the serial killers – so much as the inexorable fact that something will. It is a reminder of death, and of an essentially tragic view of the universe in which any consolation, however welcome, is temporary. In this literature of secular apocalypse, the few happy endings are fleeting, and never eternal; like the other literatures of the fantastic, it is at its best when it says these central things so clearly that they tap into the sublime.

Mary Ann Sieghart: A generation in love with itself

Narcissists live in a fantasy world – they think they are better, richer, more attractive and more intelligent than they are

Tom Sutcliffe: When fantasy and realism can collide

The week in culture

Leading article: Birds do it

You can blame your Grandad. If you are caught in a moment of sexual infidelity it may be down to your genes. German scientists working with zebra finches have discovered that this normally faithful species has aberrant individuals who like to stray.

The bird that may explain why people are unfaithful

It may not work for Ryan Giggs but as a get-out clause for philandering finches it is just about perfect: I can't help cheating, it's in my genes.

Judges have gone too far with gagging orders, says British public

Poll shows that seven out of 10 people believe courts have been too willing to grant injunctions to celebrities

Paul Vallely: Honestly, the only way is Ethics

The growing culture of cheating to get ahead can only be countered by making virtue a habit

Business Diary: Cheating bankers stray in house

Bankers became public enemy number one during the credit crisis. They can expect even more opprobrium at home after an extraordinary survey carried out for Here is the City. From the poll of almost 2,000 male and female bankers, 72 per cent admitted to having "at least one affair", the overwhelming majority of which involved a work colleague. The survey found that, surprise surprise, a male banker was four times more likely to cheat than a female counterpart. Among the other choice nuggets, 37 per cent of the men decided on an affair as it was "cheaper than a divorce", and 24 per cent said they strayed because their wife now reminded them of their mother.

From hero to predator: how the fall of Arnold Schwarzenegger was predicted by one man

The former governor may soon find more claims about alleged infidelities resurfacing

Huhne 'welcomes' police inquiry but pressure rises in speeding scandal

Labour calls for Energy Secretary to appear in House / Cameron's support deemed lukewarm

Too much on their plates? The trouble with free school meals

Free school meals are no longer a stigma – and, bizarre as it may seem, can even be a status symbol. But the system is outdated and wrong-headed, says Peter Stanford

Perfect Lives, By Polly Samson

The title of this short-story collection is of course, ironic. These sensitive studies of women with cheating husbands, babies who adore their babysitters, sensitive piano-tuners, unloving mothers wracked with guilt, are really about the secret disappointments and quiet tragedies that behind the façade of the "perfect life".

An anonymous writer: How dare they call me a blackmailer?

The rich and powerful use the law's 'morning-after pill', but others have no rights, says the gagged subject of a court injunction

DVD: Meet The Parents: Little Fockers (12)

Meet the Parents had zip and some decent visual gags; Meet the Fockers wasn't as funny, but always watchable; this third slice of in-law bickering is obnoxiously dull.

Last Night's TV: The Kennedys/History<br />Dad's Having a Baby: a Bodyshock Special/Channel 4<br />Botox Britain: Your Face in Their Hands/BBC3

Whoosh. What a disappointment. I was far too keen to watch The Kennedys. Spurred both by its documentation-via-paparazzi (that's what happens when you cast Katie Holmes as Jackie) and subsequent American cancellation (purportedly) at the hands of an irate Kennedy clan, I had invested levels of excitement usually reserved for HBO's Next Big Thing. This couldn't have been less appropriate. The Kennedys is many things – lusciously filmed, richly sound tracked – but exciting isn't one of them. Neither is good.

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