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

DJ Taylor: What the Dickens are we doing in Sri Lanka?

With his bicentenary coming up next month, a gathering in Galle shows how the British Council is retuning its antennae
'I was told [a] mafia don issued a weapons to two hitmen to eliminate me. Will do video link instead. Damn.' Salman Rushdie on Twitter

Hitmen are after me, says Rushdie as he pulls out of Indian festival

From modest beginnings it has become one of the biggest literary festivals on earth. This year the roster of big names talking about their work includes Michael Ondaatje, Tom Stoppard, Richard Dawkins, Annie Proulx, Hari Kunzru, Shashi Tharoor and William Dalrymple, the festival's co-director.

Robert Hanks: The bookshelves of holiday cottages speak volumes about us

Every summer, the press is briefly preoccupied by the question of what reading material we should take on holiday: books pages are crowded with recommendations by public and literary figures, while commentators are obliged to parse the book choices of our political leaders.

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Luka And The Fire Of Life, By Salman Rushdie

Twenty years ago, Rushdie wrote the enchanting Haroun and the Sea of Stories for his first son. This fabular children's story, featuring Haroun as older brother to Luka, was Rushdie's gift to his second son on his 12th birthday.

My Life In Travel: Dan Snow, historian and television presenter

'The best way to see the world is from a boat'

Celebrated literary feud ends after Naipaul and Theroux bury the hatchet

After fifteen years of a very public feud, V S Naipaul and Paul Theroux have finally buried the hatchet.

Beauty and the Inferno, By Roberto Saviano

An offer one cannot refuse

Vladimir Nabokov: Genius or narcissist?

With publication of yet another florid paean to Lolita's creator, Viv Groskop asks what it means to be the ultimate 'writer's writer'

The Circle of Reason, By Amitav Ghosh

An India that owes more to Dickens than to Rushdie

Time for publishers to cultivate a new wave of Asian writing

I set up The Asian Writer, an online literary magazine, to raise the profile of published authors, after becoming frustrated that they were given little mainstream exposure. I wanted to give emerging writers a platform to showcase their work. As an aspiring novelist, I wished to create a safe haven for like-minded individuals who were defying their parents' wishes by pursuing a career in writing instead of banking. As a publishing graduate I struggle with the concept of Asian writers being pigeonholed and packaged into writing one type of fiction – especially when the needs of millions of readers are being so poorly served. The few Asian writers who earn mainstream success appear out of touch with their own people (I'm thinking Kiran Desai, Michael Ondaatje and Salman Rushdie here). Kudos to those who have carved a niche for themselves by going against the grain. Both Roopa Farooki and Nisha Minhas have been successful at targeting the chick-lit market, for example.

Battle to save George Eliot's unspoilt vista

Victorian novelist's home, which inspired 'Mill on the Floss', is at risk from development

Literary lion of the lens

In a career spanning 40 years, the photographer Mark Gerson, now 89, shot most of the biggest names in English literature, from Roald Dahl to Salman Rushdie.

Salman Rushdie signs deal to publish memoir

Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie - who was for many years in hiding after he was subject to a Fatwah - has signed a deal to publish his memoir, it was announced today.

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
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20 best days out for the summer holidays

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All the wood’s a stage

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Rand Paul is laying out his presidential stall by taking on his party's disastrous record on foreign policy
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Self-preservation society

Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish
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Britons live ever longer, but still society persists in glorifying youth

We are living longer but considered 'past it' younger, the reshuffle suggests. There may be trouble ahead, says DJ Taylor