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'Napoleon was a terrific guy before he started crossing national borders,' says Andrew Wylie

Have you heard the one about the oriental fantasy?

Jack O'Sullivan on the identikit booker shortlist

TIME TO PUBLISH AND BE DAMNED

The Booker Prize is famous for boosting book sales and inspiring the literary world's most colourful arguments. This year's contenders are announced tomorrow. Here, we trace the history of the prize; while, overleaf, `IoS' editor Rosie Boycott chooses an alternative shortlist

Rushdie weds for the third time

Salman Rushdie (pictured) was last night reported to be on honeymoon in the United States after secretly marrying his girlfriend of the past three years.

Heroes? This way

Intellectuals across Europe have nominated the Europeans they believe have had the most profound effect on the civilisation of the continent this century. Their list has Winston Churchill at number one, and the Pope at number three. Nicholas Fraser has other ideas

Review: MULTI-MEDIA Meltdown `Rescue' Gala Royal Festival Hall, SBC, London

Charity galas are always a bit overwhelmingly hagiarchical, and the closing event of Laurie Anderson's Meltdown festival, held in aid of War Child, was no exception. Anderson herself described the evening as "a dream-come-true marathon of many of my musical heroes". From Lou Reed to Philip Glass, Robert Wilson to Bill T Jones, it was quite a line- up, even before surprise appearances by Salman Rushdie and Michael Nyman.

The Indian conquest of English

The new novels of India are being read around the world, but they are being written in the language of the conqueror. Peter Popham explores an improbable success

Goodbye to all that

THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY by Edmund White, Chatto pounds 16.99

Fay Weldon hits back at the Islamically Correct

It's not racist to stand against bigotry, the novelist tells Graham Ball

No unity for the Mitfords - even beyond the grave

Never marry a Mitford or you'll get involved in family feuds which carry on for generations. The sagas of the literary sisters go beyond the grave - and, in this latest instance, concern precisely that: graves.

Fantasy book winner

Hobbits to you, Waterstone's. In contrast to your much-hyped Books of the Century chart, less than one per cent of entrants to our own Fantasy Book League put The Lord of the Rings among their top ten titles for the past 50 years. What a peerlessly sophisticated bunch you are.

Letter: `Crash' is our `Frankenstein'

Salman Rushdie's defence of Crash is based on a confession that he has not seen the film, and read only your extract of the screenplay. If Mary Whitehouse had based her condemnation on ignorance of the primary experience and partial view of the secondary material - admittedly more than she usually does - we should know what respect to give her views. What strange bedmates some methodologies make.

It offends, it bores ... but `Crash' won't corrupt you

I can , if I so desire, go and see films featuring lots of sex, and films full of excitingly shot car crashes. I cannot, though, go and see a film which features both.

Books: On the trail with Salman, Tristram and Pete

Lachlan Mackinnon relishes an 18th century classic in post-modernist guise; The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Martin Rowson, Picador, pounds 15.99

A quartet of Cockney lives lost and redeemed

Graham Swift was a popular choice for the Booker winner in two senses - virtually from the announcement from the shortlist, he was evens favourite to win with both William Hill and Ladbrokes.

Here yesterday, gone today ... thankfully

Where are they now? Yes, it's time once again to gaze curiously at the names which once littered the headlines and are now lining people's drawers: the here-yesterday-and-gone-today brigade, the people who give fame a bad name, the ex-celebs who now live in the David Mellor old folk's home of bygones and cuttings ...
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