Roddy Doyle, author of "The Commitments", has signed a deal to work with Roy Keane on the controversial ex-footballer’s latest autobiography.
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In our final selection of Christmas books for children, we examine the best titles for teens
Sky Arts' random-presenter-generating machine has thrown up an interesting pairing to front their new television competition show. Portrait Artist of the Year will be presented by veteran broadcaster Joan Bakewell and that er... renowned expert in fine art Frank Skinner. It's Bake-Off, but with painting, because apparently there is no hobby or artistic pursuit that won't do as the basis for a TV talent competition. Whatever next? A show about competitive stamp collecting presented by Kerry Katona and Alan Yentob? A taxidermy tournament with Mary Beard and Peter Andre? Let's hope so, because on the evidence of last night's episode these marriages of high and low culture can be surprisingly successful.
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Setting the patois among the pigeons
After her second win, can Hilary Mantel make it a hat-trick? Perhaps, but the final part of any trilogy, as Simon Usborne discovers, is a very tricky beast
Hilary Mantel has promised to use her third instalment of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy to "bring it home in style".
Hilary Mantel is favoured to become the first woman to win the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction twice, with her historical novel Bring Up the Bodies ahead of Will Self's Umbrella in the bookmakers' rankings.
The Week in Books
Many view Nick Clegg as a frustrated politician, unable to promote the Liberal Democrats' agenda in a predominantly Conservative coalition. Now it has emerged that the Deputy Prime Minister is also a frustrated author, having penned a "shockingly bad" draft of a novel in his early twenties.
Former Orange Prize winner Ann Patchett could pick up the prestigious literary prize for a second time after she was nominated again 10 years after she first won.
In north London, book-lovers have put David Cameron's Big Society into practice. And nationwide the issue has struck a chord