'I have no regrets': Prize-winning author criticised for branding the Duchess of Cambridge a 'plastic princess' insists her words were taken out of context Hilary Mantel likened Duchess to a 'shop-window mannequin' in speechDavid Cameron among those to rush to Kate Middleton's defenceAcclaimed author has insisted she has 'nothing to apologise for'Mantel said context of speech was twisted to set her up as a hate figure By Kerry Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 01:57 GMT, 8 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:56 GMT, 8 March 2013 The award-winning novelist who likened the Duchess of Cambridge to a 'shop-window mannequin' whose sole purpose is to breed has defended her comments, insisting she has 'absolutely nothing to apologise for'. Double Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel made headlines last month when she appeared to criticise Kate as having no personality, describing her as 'gloss-varnished' with a perfect plastic smile during a lecture at the British Museum. But in an interview on BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves programme last night, she said that her words had been taken out of context, and that she had 'absolutely no regrets' about her controversial speech
How Wilbur Smith won a 15million deal….for others to write his blockbusters: Wife number four 'is behind book-sharing scheme' The best-selling author will produce six books over the next three yearsWill enlist a group of 'carefully selected co-authors' on the projectHas been suggested his wife Mokhiniso Rakhimova is a key figure in the scheme | UPDATED: 07:38 GMT, 10 December 2012 Book-sharing: Wilbur Smith, pictured with his wife Mokhiniso Rakhimova, signed the 15million deal Best-selling novelist Wilbur Smith has signed a 15million agreement to produce six more books. And the twist in the tale is that he doesn’t even have to write them himself. The 79-year-old author, whose books have sold more than 122million copies since 1964, has promised to produce up to two titles a year for three years with the help of ‘carefully selected co-authors’.
Outrage at Hallmark birthday card for 13-year-old girls which says they'd get a boyfriend if they had 'bigger boobies' | UPDATED: 19:37 GMT, 8 December 2012 Card company Hallmark UK apologised yesterday after an author posted a picture on Twitter of a risqu card for teen girls that said they'd get a boyfriend if they had 'bigger boobies'. The card, printed by Hallmark acquisition Creative Publishing, reads in full: 'You're 13 today! If you had a rich boyfriend he'd give you diamonds and rubies.
The Duke of Edinburgh 'delighted' by Kate's news | UPDATED: 00:15 GMT, 7 December 2012 The Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy means the Duke of Edinburgh, 91, faces the daunting prospect of becoming a great-grandfather again.
EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Should novelist Kingsley Amis and poet Philip Larkin now be regarded as paedophiles | UPDATED: 10:29 GMT, 30 November 2012 Should late chums novelist Kingsley Amis and poet Philip Larkin now be regarded as paedophiles Letters they wrote to each other indicate an interest in underage girls.
EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Should novelist Kingsley Amis and poet Philip Larkin now be regarded as paedophiles | UPDATED: 00:17 GMT, 30 November 2012 Should late chums novelist Kingsley Amis and poet Philip Larkin now be regarded as paedophiles Letters they wrote to each other indicate an interest in underage girls. Says literary reviewer Christopher Hart: ‘Some of the letters housed in the Bodleian Library contain fantasies about girls aged between 12 and 16. Perhaps they should be put on some post-mortem Jimmy Savile register, along with Elvis Presley, Edgar Allan Poe, Romeo [of Juliet fame], and quite a few others.’ Author Kingsley Amis, who wrote letters to his friend poet Philip Larkin JOHN Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, has launched a ‘menswear fashion range’ including jock-straps, buttock-revealing trousers, tank top vests with nipple cut-outs, and a pink mesh creation, pictured right, – all inspired, she says, by drawings she did as a wedding gift to her ‘hot bod’ husband in 1969