Beryl Bainbridge, the eternal Booker prize bridesmaid, was last week snubbed for a sixth time when her novel failed at the penultimate hurdle for Britain's greatest literary prize, writes Fiachra Gibbons.
He has made a fortune by airing tacky domestic conflicts on primetime TV,and is now playing a villain in a movie opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme -but Jerry Springer has a serious side too. He spoke to Fiachra Gibbons in Cannes.
Rivers of blood have been spilt - figuratively at least - in a propaganda battle between Greek and Macedonian nationalists over who has the right to claim the all-conquering hero Alexander the Great as their own, writes Fiachra Gibbons in London.
Montreal-based author Yann Martel has won the 000 Man Booker Prize in the most surreal of circumstances, seven days after the organisers mistakenly announced his victory on their website, writes Fiachra Gibbons.