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Some great authors have published their worst works from beyond the grave. A few though, keep getting better when they’re dead, such as the Chilean novelist and short story writer, Roberto Bolaño. His seminal five-part novel, 2666, came out posthumously, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and convinced the world he was not just a master of the short form but could put out his life’s best work at nearly 900 pages, even after death.

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Where are you now and what can you see?

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Dog Days: Selected Writings, By Elspeth Barker

A bibliographer set to work on Elspeth Barker's slim-line oeuvre would probably finish the job in a morning.

Toilet humour: David Sedaris

The Week In Radio: A flush of joy from painfully funny family portraits

Is it acceptable to talk on the phone when you're sitting on the toilet? The American humourist David Sedaris says not, though his sister Tiffany would beg to differ. "Don't mind me," she has been known to say, with the strained tone of someone engaging in heavy lifting, while clasping the phone to her ear. "I'm just… trying to get… the lid… off this… jar."

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Comedian Charlie Higson to condense 12 original James Bond novels into 140-character tweets

The 007-fan was tasked with condensing the classic series in a way that would appeal to both diehard and new readers

Book of a Lifetime: Come To Mecca, By Farrukh Dhondy

The population of Norwich in the early Eighties was not ethnically diverse. So when my family – Mauritian in origin – moved to the city, to what was then a white working-class area, we were objects of some suspicion. Perhaps a kinder word would have been "curiosity". Certainly it never got worse than name-calling – the ubiquitous "Paki" shouted across the street. This didn't bother me.

Leveson wades into The Thick Of It as inquiry suffers sense of humour failure

As a satire of British public life, The Thick of It, is widely admired. But when it was revealed that the comedy would pillory public inquiries, it seems the Leveson Inquiry into press standards suffered a sense of humour failure.

Country Girl, By Edna O'Brien

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