The truth behind the world’s greatest literary hoax

‘I am not ashamed to own that I think this rude bard of the North the greatest Poet that has ever existed,’ US founding father Thomas Jefferson wrote of the blind 3rd century Scottish poet Ossian, who was almost certainly made up in the 18th century

Paperback round up: reviewed by David Evans

Midway through John le Carré’s The Night Manager (1993), the British intelligence services stage a mock kidnapping as a training exercise, building a fake restaurant staffed with actors and hiring a couple of professional New York gangsters to play the toughs.

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The best books to read in 2016

Katy Guest finds sex tapes, sycamores and surgical gloves among the subjects for some of the best books in the pipeline for 2016