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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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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker