Indian author Shashi Tharoor charged with abetting wife’s suicide

High-profile author and MP says 3,000-page charge sheet alleging that he contributed to the death of Sunanda Pushkar in 2014 is ‘preposterous’

Shashi Tharoor, a high-profile member of India’s opposition party and a bestselling author, has expressed outrage after police filed charges against him relating to the death of his wife four years ago.

Tharoor’s wife, Sunanda Pushkar, was found dead in a Delhi hotel in January 2014, prompting an investigation by city police. Her death came days after she had claimed on Twitter to have evidence of an affair between Tharoor and a Pakistani journalist. Tharoor and Pushkar later issued a joint statement saying “unauthorised tweets” had been “misrepresented and led to some erroneous conclusions”.

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Robert Pirsig: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance author dies aged 88

Book telling the father-son story of a motorcycle trip across the western United States was published in 1974 and quickly became a best-seller Robert Pirsig, author of the influential 1970s philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, has died at the age of 88. Peter Hubbard, executive editor of his publisher William Morrow & Co, said in a statement that Pirsig’s wife Wendy had confirmed his death at his home in Maine “after a period of failing health”. Continue reading...

New comic in Asterix series to feature Julian Assange character

Asterix and the Missing Scroll to focus on drama caused by information control and will also feature character based on adviser to François Mitterrand

Asterix and Obelix are back in a new edition of the famed comic book, this time fighting their Roman foes in a propaganda war alongside a character inspired by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Two years after Asterix and the Picts saw the duo head to ancient Scotland, the Gauls are back home for their latest adventure as a tribe resisting Roman occupation, the 36th book in the hugely popular series.

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Jackie Collins, novelist of Hollywood glamour and sex, dies aged 77

British-born author of Hollywood Wives and The Stud dies in Los Angeles of breast cancer which she had kept secret for more than six years

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Jackie Collins, queen of the “bonk buster” novel for more than four decades, has died aged 77 of breast cancer having kept her illness secret from all but her closest family and friends.

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Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro’s archive bought by University of Texas

Collection includes discarded opening chapter for The Remains of the Day, as well as extensive notes and multiple drafts of the writer’s works

The archives of award-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, including a discarded opening chapter for his best-known book The Remains of the Day, have been bought by the University of Texas.

The novelist, who was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and has lived in Britain since he was a child, has kept extensive notes and multiple drafts of his works that include Never Let Me Go and The Buried Giant.

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