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Douglas, the universe and everything

Douglas Adams was my best friend, an inimitable genius—and an emotional vampire whose last book had to be drawn out of him under duress

By Michael Bywater   October 2009

Above: all six foot five of Douglas Adams, flanked by the number he made famous

Thirty years. Gosh but the time’s flown by. Thirty years this October since the first of Douglas Adams’s five-book Hitchhiker’s Guide “trilogy” first appeared. Now, to mark the anniversary, there’s another one coming out, even though he has been dead for more than eight years. But publishing is a business, and books are product, and so this one has been written by Eoin Colfer—best known as the creator of the Artemis Fowl series—under the title And Another Thing (Michael Joseph).

It will do well. Some…

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