So how was it for you?

Across Britain, book lovers are getting together to swap opinions. Here, reading groups recall the highs and lows of the year

De Bernieres takes revenge for review

AS LITERARY literary spats go, this is one of the more unlikely. Louis de Bernieres, author of best-seller Captain Corelli's Mandolin, has reacted furiously to a bad review in the Morning Star.

Film: Mad, bad and too dangerous to release

As lawsuits over copycat homicides stack up against Hollywood, writers and directors are getting a bit nervous. By Roger Clarke

Book review: Made-to-measure mayhem

Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis Picador, pounds 16.99, 482pp

Film: What's the boy playing at?

Christian Bale was a Spielberg child star at 13. But he decided not to slide into the usual destructive spiral of drink, drugs and self- loathing. Interesting move

Pearly gates open to angels

First Night; Heaven Villiers Street London

MR BARNES GOES TO THE CINEMA

After 18 years, the film industry has discovered Julian Barnes (below). One of his novels reaches the screen this week, and another is close behind. Tim de Lisle talks to the author and goes on location in Paris to piece together a very Barnesian story

Britons stabbed to death on Greek isle

A BRITISH couple have been stabbed to death at their retirement home on the Greek island of Cephalonia.

Star takes top billing

Media Star has been installed as the 12-1 favourite with the sponsors for the Tote Cesarewitch at Newmarket on 18 October, for which the weights were published yesterday.

Gamble on Transom

Transom was heavily backed yesterday for Saturday's Northumberland Plate Handicap at Newcastle. Amanda Perrett's charge was cut from 14-1 to 7-1 by the Tote and from 14-1 to 8-1 by Coral. Shaft Of Light was also well backed - from 20-1 to 12-1 - with Coral.

Baadasssss hustlers collect their Hollywood dues

Blaxploitation comes to the NFT. But, says Tom Dewe Mathews, there's more to these films than music, fashion, cheap sets and cheaper dialogue

LETTER:Teaching children the relative value of Schubert and Blur

From Mr Steve Greenfield and

Weaver fined £400 : RACING

Jason Weaver eased down Thaleros in the closing stages of the last race at Southwell yesterday and was fined £400 by the stewards for failing to ride out his mount to hold on to second place behind Palacegate Jo. Who's The Best was runner-up inste ad, bythree quarters of a length.

BOOK REVIEW / American psycho-drama: The informers - Bret Easton Ellis: Picador, pounds 9.99

ANYONE seeking a spiritual shot in the arm from Bret Easton Ellis's new book will draw a blank. For the lean, tanned Californians who glide like models on a catwalk through the pages of The Informers, life is only skin deep.
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