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.

Leading article: Page-turners

With the sound of fanfares and the clash of arms, history has made a noisy comeback in this year's Man Booker prize, which will be awarded tonight. Critics and readers have both cheered and cursed the idea that our most prominent prize for fiction should be fought for by a company of books whose settings stretch from the 1530s (Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall) to the 1970s (JM Coetzee's Summertime).

Who will win the Booker Prize?

The bookies' view: Late betting puts 'The Glass Room' in the frame

Jenny Colgan: I absolutely love books. That's why I hate the Booker

It's the time of year when the literati play 'posh bingo' with a card of new fiction. But that's no way to judge a novel, says a dedicated bookworm

Hit & Run: Bet on any good books lately?

Bookies stand by for shock Booker result," yelled a headline this week. Eyebrows were raised in August about the rush of bets that were placed on Hilary Mantel's Tudor bodice-ripper, Wolf Hall, when the Booker longlist was revealed. One turf accountant stopped taking bets after Mantel reached 2/1. Now, as Tuesday's prize dinner approaches, the judges are being asked to start early – as if anticipating trouble, heavy going, unspecified horse-trading.

Video: Hilary Mantel talks about new novel 'Wolf Hall'

In the first of a series of discussions filmed at Daunt Books Will Buckley talks to Hilary Mantel about Wolf Hall, the novel which she says she was born to write and the hot favourite to win the Booker Prize on Tuesday.

Richard Ingrams’s Week: I'm sorry, but all these apologies are ridiculous

Gordon Brown has followed Tony Blair's example and taken to apologising for things that he had nothing to do with. In Blair's case it was the Irish potato famine; with Brown it is the suicide of the brilliant wartime code-breaker Alan Turing, a homosexual who killed himself after being convicted of gross indecency.

JM Coetzee in line for Man Booker hat-trick

The South African writer and twice Booker prize winner, JM Coetzee, could make literary history if he wins a third time with his ficitional memoir, which was today selected on the annual award shortlist. No other Booker winner has performed a hat-trick in the prize’s 41-year history.

Stanley Middleton: Booker Prize-winning novelist whose works dissected the mores of Middle England

Stanley Middleton, who has died at the age of 89, was an award-winning novelist with a particular gift for delving beneath the veneer of Middle England to reveal, in the sparest of prose, inner character and inner truths.

Bookies baffled after strange Booker prize betting

Briton Hilary Mantel has been declared the favourite to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction after 95 per cent of all bets were on her novel alone, bookmakers said.

Mystery rush of Booker bets back Mantel to win

Bookies report unprecedented stampede of 'literary types' betting on fiction prize - and 95 per cent of all wagers are on just one writer

Chimp's memoir in running for Booker Prize

The longlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced today, including two former winners and three first time novelists in what was described by judges as an "exceptional" year.

Life of Pi, By Yann Martel

The wondrous story of a zookeeper's son from Pondicherry, in India, stranded at sea, half way through a shipwrecked voyage to Toronto with only a hungry Bengal Tiger for company, became a wondrous Man Booker Prize success story when it was first published in 2001.

Win a Sony Reader

To celebrate Sony’s sponsorship of the Hay Festival 2009, readers of The Independent have the chance to win a Reader from Sony. The Reader is an electronic reading device described as "a new way to read books," which can store up to 160 eBooks under one cover and is smaller than a hardback.

Michael Holroyd: Bad behaviour may not be the way to promote literary prizes

This is the sixth Ondaatje Prize dinner, a unique prize named after the great patron of the arts Sir Christopher Ondaatje and dedicated to the spirit of place in fiction, poetry and non-fiction.

The Word On: Orange prize Longlist

Tindal Street [publisher of Gaynor Arnold's 'Girl in a Blue Dress'] turns out prizeworthy fiction the way Wales used to turn out fly halves ... It is a subsidised publisher, while Macmillan New Writing [Ann Weisgarber's 'The Personal History of Rachel DePree'] is part of a conglomerate operating on a low-cost model. Traditional publishing models are facing increasing challenges, and the mainstream imprints' share of excellence is likely to decline.

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