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.

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A ray of hope in the shadowy world of books

SHE IS blonde, slim and American, and has been to bed with at least one rock star. Who could be surprised, then, that Jerry Hall's appointment to the panel of judges for the Whitbread Books Prize has caused trills of outrage from the heart of the small and snobbish literary world?

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`The Express' columnist and author of `The Abolition of Britain' replies to criticisms of him in Boyd Tonkin's recent article on being a Booker Prize judge

Letter: Booker Prize haven

Sir: I was staggered to find in The Independent an article on Bill Griffiths, a good poet of the kind ignored by the established cultural opinion-formers ("Backing into the spotlight", 25 October).

Seth and Rushdie fail to make the top six

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Books: A runaway juggernaut

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Letter: Booker thoughts

Sir: May I say that I did not "make an extended attack" on the Booker Prize ("Winner attacks Booker for its miserly awards", 7 September). I have no strong feelings one way or the other about the size of the prize money or the fees paid to judges. What I did do was to go to a publishers' party last week. The words you attribute to me inside quotes are not my words, but those of a journalist attempting to paraphrase my part in a three-way conversation that took place there. So, for the record, let me say that:

Custody battle falls into farce as ex-wife mocks McEwan

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