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.

Did you hear the one about the amusing Booker Prize shortlist?

This year's contenders handle dark themes with a light touch

Man Booker Prize shortlist announced

Australian novelist Peter Carey could become the first author to win the Man Booker Prize three times after it was announced he was on this year's shortlist.

Scots guard: James Robertson has dedicated himself to preserving the native culture and language north of the border

The doyen of the Scottish literary scene steers Doug Johnstone through his dizzying new grand opus, tracing half a century of life north of the border

Man Booker Prize longlist announced

The 13-strong longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2010 was announced today.

British literary giants pay their respects to Beryl Bainbridge

Literary luminaries, family members and close friends gathered yesterday to say goodbye to the acclaimed novelist and "superb granny" Dame Beryl Bainbridge at a packed church in north London.

Tobias Hill: Weighty themes, handled with wit: new Farrell readers are in for a treat

Wit, that quality which enriches the very best writing, is one of the great virtues of Troubles. By wit I do not mean that it is laugh-out-loud funny – although it is – but that a keenness and sharpness of perception pervade the whole book. Farrell's themes are weighty but he is light on his feet.

Barbara Kingsolver and Lorrie Moore compete for Orange Prize for fiction by women

American writers Barbara Kingsolver and Lorrie Moore and Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel are among six finalists for the Orange Prize for fiction by women.

My Week: Katie Derham

The ITV newsreader juggles the demands of covering the Budget with judging the entries for the 1970 'lost' Booker Prize

Philip Hensher: Why Austen would never win the Booker

The ambitious novel with a regard for humour is not dead, but is beleaguered

Judges to name winner of 'lost' Booker Prize

Forty years on, 22 writers are shortlisted for award that never took place

Edutainment: Is there a role for popular culture in education?

Popular interest in history is peaking like perhaps never before in the 21st century. Films such as Spartan gore-fest 300 have proven big hits at the box office in recent years, and many more ancient world movies – including Centurion, Clash of the Titans and Valhalla Rising – are set to arrive in 2010.

Women authors left off list of the year's top 10 books

Female writers won several major awards this year – including the Man Booker Prize – but the industry magazine doesn't include a single one in its round-up

DJ Taylor: A confederacy of toffs

You may not agree with their politics, but posh people make better dinner dates and have better slogans. Plus, Monty Python and pop rebels enjoy middle age

Boyd Tonkin: Rescuing the Tudor court from cliché and melodrama

So often in recent years a playground for the maverick judge, the runaway panel, the perverse decision, yesterday the Man Booker Prize rewarded a genuinely outstanding novel.

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Meet the US Army's shooting star

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