Ian Rankin says competing with "almost unbelievable" real-life political twists and turns at the moment is a new challenge for writers of fiction.
Cheryl's US move
Cole looks set to join US X Factor
Cheryl Cole looks set to move to the US and become a judge on the American version of the X Factor.
After much speculation, the Fox Network's chairman of entertainment Peter Rice hinted that the Geordie star will indeed follow Simon Cowell and join the show overseas.
There were fears that Cheryl's strong Newcastle accent would be difficult for the American audience to understand, but Fox is said to be very impressed with the TV personality and they are keen to work around the accent issue and have the star on board.
Linkin Park have said their "hearts are broken" following the suicide of lead singer Chester Bennington.
The Great British Bake Off will be sponsored for the first time as it moves from the BBC to Channel 4, but the identity of the companies concerned suggests the show's popularity with the public may
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has made a "movie" co-starring Apple's voice assistant Siri.
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