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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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The Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell and his wife have co-translated an acclaimed book, written by a Japanese child, about his experience of growing up with autism.

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Mosse says it's better to have success when you're older as it doesn't turn your head: 'By 45, if you're lucky, the things that matter to you are in place. And as you know who you are, you're not looking for something transformational.'

Kate Mosse: 'When taxi drivers see it's not the other Kate Moss, their faces fall'

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Nick Clegg: Gabriel Garcia Marquez inspired me to write

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