Jeffrey Archer, who has been the subject of plenty of political send-ups himself, tells Charlotte Cripps why he wants to give his collection to the nation
My parents were... my father was a printer, my mother was a journalist and local councillor. I think that possibly influenced my writing career.
To a gala dinner celebrating the 80th anniversary of the famed Foyles literary luncheon, where I learnt a thing or two about the perils of book signing (which, naturally, I'm filing away for future reference). "The worst thing about being an author," a tired and emotional Tara Palmer-Tompkinson assured me as she arrived, "is having such a bloody long name. My book signings take ages!"
Presenters race to pin on remembrance flowers early – before two-week appeal begins
Britain's Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, is not the first writer to admit that he has, at one time or another, lost the ability to put pen to paper, reports John Walsh