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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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Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
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The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible