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 Joseph O’Connor:  his story of a rock band’s rise from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl has  been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. Photograph: Eric Luke

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When Neil Gaiman was about eight he invented a family. This fictional clan lived near his own home in the Suffolk countryside. “I heard that one of th(...)