Saskia Reeves and Donal McCann taking a break from the shooting of the film December Bride in Anglesea Street, Dublin in 1989. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s poignant film version of Sam Hanna Bell’s powerful novel, December Bride.(...)

Lots of people who work from home will recognise the panic that hits when there is no internet connection. This is followed by a cold sweat and relate(...)

Anne Tyler. Photograph: Diane Waler

Family has dominated the work of Anne Tyler. Or, put more accurately, Tyler, with a foot in the north and a foot in the south through her Virginian ch(...)

It is impossible not to take an immediate liking to a character who dyes her hair blue, even if only by mistake. It is equally difficult to believe th(...)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960) Most novels manage to fall into immediate categories. Some are bestsellers, others are destined to be respe(...)

 Harper Lee will publish her second novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman’, 60 years after the Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Photograph: Getty

There is something alluring about perfection; it is so rare that most people would understand the feeling of wanting to keep it that way. An initial r(...)

Laird Hunt: reinvigorates the American language with a poetic urgency equal to Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Chaos rages as the American Civil War drags on and a young wife recalls something she was often told.“My mother had a story she liked to tell about a (...)

Two women sit among the debris in the aftermath of the German bombardment of Leningrad in 1942. Photograph: D Trakhtenberg/ Slava Katamidze Collection/ Getty Images

A year to the day before the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz, the 900-day siege of Leningrad ended. Russians remember the ordeal with proud hearts. It(...)

Primo Levi: “My Jewish identity took on a great importance following my deportation to Auschwitz. It is very likely that without Auschwitz I would never have written, and would have given only a little weight to my Jewish identity.”  He wrote in order to tell the world what happened. In time he would come to resent the literary world that regarded him not as an artist, only as witness. Photograph: Getty Images

It is an image not easily forgotten; a frail, elderly man sitting in a deep armchair. Strong sunlight fills the room. He holds up his arms as if to(...)

David Malouf: poet and storyteller, he is one of the world’s finest writers and the surest way to experience his rare art is to simply read all of his elegant, graceful work. Photograph: Michael Stuparyk / Toronto Star via Getty Images

Early in the morning of January 26th, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillips, of the First Fleet and skipper of HMS Supply, rowed into Sydney Cove, Port Jac(...)