From evil twins to deepfake videos: the best books about doppelgangers

The rise of deepfakes has stoked the old fear that our lives can be hijacked by demonic doubles. Laurence Scott shares his favourite books on convincing imposters The rise of The Double, about a St Petersburg bureaucrat whose life is gravely unsettled when his doppelganger comes to work in the same office. In Richard Ayoades 2013 film adaptation, Jesse Eisenberg (who, fittingly, played Zuckerberg in the Facebook biopic The Social Network) cries that his demonic double stole my face. Jesse Eisenberg in The Double. Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar There are many ways to steal a face, and not all of them rely on the supernatural. The string of murderous misadventures in Patricia Highsmiths 1950s novel The Comedy of Errors or signals …

Naomi Wolf admits blunder over Victorians and sodomy executions

Death sentences in 1800s were hardly ever carried out, despite claim in authors book Outrages It was only published this week, but already the writer Naomi Wolf has admitted an error at the heart of her latest book. Instead of being actually executed for sodomy in 1859, as the writer claims in Outrages, Thomas Silver was apparently paroled two years after being convicted. Silver, who was 14 when he was convicted, is just one of several cases cited in the book but, according to the writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet, the error stems from a simple misreading of a historical record and raises wider questions about the argument Wolf puts forward. In Outrages, which was published by Virago, Wolf examines …