Arts and Entertainment Roddy Doyle and Roy Keane as 'The Commitments' author Doyle has signed a deal to work with Keane to write the footballer's autobiography

Roddy Doyle, author of "The Commitments", has signed a deal to work with Roy Keane on the controversial ex-footballer’s latest autobiography.

Julian Barnes says writing about sex is difficult

Sense of another kind of ending? Julian Barnes says authors who write about sex should always expect to be laughed at

Novelist Julian Barnes has opened up about the pitfalls involved in writing about sex.

Cloud Atlas novelist David Mitchell to co-translate breakthrough Japanese 'autism memoir'

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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Ah, the dashing heir to the Earl of Grantham

Stephen Kelman: He creates a tragic story that’s full of life and energy

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Setting the patois among the pigeons

Godfather Part III failed to garner the acclaim, or the awards, that the first two films managed

Booker prize 2: Third time lucky?

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 promises stylish ending to Thomas Cromwell trilogy

Hilary Mantel has promised to use her third instalment of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy to "bring it home in style".

Mantel primed to make history with double Man Booker win as she edges ahead of Self

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.

James Moore: There's a ray of light in this sorry saga of corporate excess at Glencore and Xstrata

Outlook: Non-executive directors, who are hired to act in shareholders' rather than executives' interests, may take their jobs more seriously

Usual Suspects star Byrne to star in Quirke thrillers

Gabriel Byrne is set to star in a series of crime thrillers based on novels by Booker Prize winner John Banville.

Carrie's War author Nina Bawden dies

Nina Bawden, the author of 48 books including the children's story Carrie's War, has died at the age of 87.

Banville revives detective Philip Marlowe

One of fiction's most famous private detectives is being brought back in a new novel by Booker Prize winner John Banville.

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'

I have been confused with Kate Moss Not if you were to look at me, but before [her award-winning 2005 novel] Labyrinth, journalists would ring up the Orange Prize [which Mosse set up] and say, "Can I speak to Kate, and will she talk about anything at all?" Eventually, after further discussion, they'd say, "But will she talk about Pete Doherty?" I'm absolutely fine with it; it's only really sad for the taxi drivers who come and pick me up – when they see it's me, their little faces fall.

Visionary: Barry Unsworth visits Seaham Colliery in Co Durham, not far from his birthplace

Booker prize winner Barry Unsworth dies

Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth has died at the age of 81, his publishers said today.

Nick Clegg cites 'Autumn of the Patriarch' among his favourite books

Nick Clegg: Gabriel Garcia Marquez inspired me to write

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.

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