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Pulitzer winner Alice Walker criticised for citing 'anti-Semitic' book

Walker included David Icke's And the Truth Shall Set You Free, in which he claims 'alternative information' about the Holocaust is being suppressed, in a list of books currently on her nightstand

How Charles M Schulz created Charlie Brown and Snoopy

Artist wrote and drew all 17,897 comic strips himself over 53 years, articulating inner concerns of American youth with wisdom, humour and Midwestern modesty

Anna Burns: The new Booker Prize winner who may never write again

Burns, whose third novel ‘Milkman’ won the Man Booker Prize, tells Alex Marshall that she hasn’t written in four and a half years because of lower back and nerve pain

Bad sex in fiction awards: Haruki Murakami among all-male shortlist

The awards single out the worst sex scenes in non-pornographic, non-erotic fiction each year

Why John le Carré is much better than a TV adaptation could suggest

‘The Little Drummer Girl’ on TV, like ‘The Night Manager’ before it, is all smooth surface, Sarah Crompton argues. But the novelist himself is all about moral depths and ethical evasions

Remembrance Day: The legacy of First World War poetry

Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon captured the barbarity of war. Now Carol Ann Duffy has released an anthology, and it broadens our understanding of what war poetry can be, says Ceri Radford

How gruesome real-life experiments inspired the story of Frankenstein

Frankenstein might look like make-believe to modern eyes, but to its author and original readers there was nothing fantastical about it – from electrocuting corpses to making batteries out of flesh, scientists were using all kinds of methods to attempt to conjure electrical life

Philip Larkin and the truth about mum and dad

As a new book of Larkin's previously unseen letters to his family is released, Martin Chilton looks at what can be learnt about the iconic poet