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Cultural Life: Sandra Bernhard, comedian

Films: I saw 'Never Let Me Go' and found it very impressive. In such a believable way, it incorporates science fiction with the strangeness of the times we actually live in. It was deep, haunting and beautifully shot. My other favourite is 'The King's Speech'. Top drawer!

The Diary: Maggie O'Farrell; Michael Rosen; Keith Richards; Sebastian

Maggie O'Farrell, who won the Costa Novel Award earlier this week, for The Hand That First Held Mine, revealed that the weather, or more specifically, freakish meteorological occurrences – and the way they impact on life, from snowdrifts in Edinburgh to volcanic ash clouds in Iceland – have provided the inspiration for her sixth novel, a work in progress. "It's set in the heat wave of 1976, which is one of my earliest memories," she says. "I was four at the time and we were living in Wales, which was one of the places in crisis." More than three decades later, the writer found herself homebound by weather once again, last month. "We live in Edinburgh, where I have been housebound because my daughter's buggy doesn't go through the snow. I couldn't go to the shops unless I carried her." Such inclement weather is fruitful grounds for fiction, she says. "Times of extreme weather conditions can be really interesting. People behave in a different way. I remember the volcano ash, and sometimes, when these things happen, lives are turned upside down. I got totally obsessed by the news at the time of the volcano. I was supposed to be going to Ireland but I couldn't travel. I got ridiculously excited!" So what is the title of her weather related book-to-be? "I do titles at the end," she says. "It's like naming a baby. You have to see the whole thing first before giving it a name."

The Year in Review: Best books of 2010

Three London friends come to terms with their various losses and meet to wrangle, wittily and touchingly, over the deepest questions of belonging and identity. This year's Man Booker winner finds bold and wrenching humour within its solemn themes. However adept at all the skills of comedy, and however immersed in ideas of Jewishness, this novel bristles with a passion and zest that defy all label-stickers.

Terence Blacker: Nostalgia tends to conceal hypocrisy

A small lesson in the way history smooths the sharper edges and corners of the past is being played out at the Cannes Film Festival with the help of that much-loved father figure of the alternative establishment, Sir Mick Jagger.

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Fashion on trial: Our verdict on some infamous cases in the courtroom

What could possibly be more innocent than this outfit? Knox, the Seattle-born woman suspected of murdering British student Meredith Kercher, is only 21 and has dressed for her court appearance in Perugia, Italy, like the student that she is. She wears a waist-length, white cotton smock top, which has red and blue flowers printed along the neckline, over a pair of blue denim jeans. Her hair is tied up in the schoolgirl-ish style, with the top half tied back off her bare face and secured with a purple plastic butterfly clip, and the rest loose. Her entire outfit makes her look completely out of place in the Italian courtroom or flanked by policemen.