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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.

My life in travel: Russell Kane

'I've promised myself I'll meet Mickey'

Review: Marry Me, By Dan Rhodes

Till ordinary life does us part ...

The Fun Stuff, By James Wood

A master of 'lit-crit' dissects the mechanics of good and bad writing in this essay collection.

Review: The Emperor of All Things, By Paul Witcover

Seven Years' War, run like clockwork

Nervous energy: Rendall, whose first love was boxing, also wrote a book on gambling

Jonathan Rendall, a wayward talent who laid himself bare in his writing

He was a boxing writer whose vivid, funny pieces helped establish The Independent on Sunday

Ian Hart to play John Lennon for third time in Snodgrass

Actor Ian Hart is set to play John Lennon for the third time in a one-off television show that imagines the legendary musician walked out on The Beatles in 1962 just before they became famous.

Vic Reeves lands Miss Marple role

Comic Vic Reeves is to take a guest role as a butler who gets bumped off in a new Miss Marple TV drama.

One Minute With: Victoria Hislop, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Through the Window, By Julian Barnes

A spider's guide to the web

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

The acute sensitivity that makes a great novelist can also result in a vivid but bristling, score-settling autobiography

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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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