Cheers to Canada on Canada Day: Canadian writer Alistair Macleod, who writes with an unforced balance of instinct and wisdom. Photograph:  Steve Russell/Toronto Star/ Getty Images

No human lifetime would yield sufficient time to explore the beauties of the Canadian landscape. It is so vast that not even its three million lakes a(...)

Bringing in the wounded of the 1st Bedfordshire Regiment after the assault on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st, 1916. Photograph: The Art Archive / Imperial War Museum

Sarajevo: June 28th, 1914 On a June morning, exactly 101 years ago today, a royal couple were going through the motions of a state visit neithe(...)

The title alone would seem to give the game away, the game being the author’s intention of challenging a classic novel. At best it could be a contr(...)

Gregory Peck  as Atticus Finch with Mary Badham as Scout and Phillip Alford as Jem in To Kill A Mockingbird, directed by Robert Mulligan. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Fathers, as with all manner of human matter, come in many levels of loving and connected such as Bob Cratchit in the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol(...)

Felipe Diaz Carrión has tried his best. He remained in his hometown, married his girlfriend and they had a child. It was a modest life, working in (...)

Lest we forget: he is usually the one who confuses the dates of everyone’s birthday but he probably taught you how to swim and fixed your bike, made t(...)

Jim Crace in Dublin in 2013: Having worked as a journalist, he is interested in facts but does not allow them to impede his fiction, where he allows imagination and invention full liberty. “What’s wrong with making it up? It’s a story. It only has to feel real.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Never a man to make a fuss, Jim Crace of the direct gaze does appear to find it difficult not to smile. He is always smiling, or so it seems. Today he(...)

Jim Crace’s win is a victory for the art of fiction. One of the finest overall winners to date and only the fourth  English-language  winner, he is a self-described fabulist,  interested in ideas, not characters or even plot.  Harvest, set in  the late medieval world, tells the story of a rural community faced with  the break-up of common land as it is about to fall into the hands of the few

This year’s International Impac Dublin Literary Award has been won by the revered British writer Jim Crace with his dramatic pastoral Harvest. He is t(...)

British writer Jim Crace has won this year’s IMPAC award for his novel Harvest.

This year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been won by the revered British writer Jim Crace with his dramatic pastoral Harvest. He is (...)

James Joyce: time to yet again celebrate Joyce’s transfiguration of the commonplace into art. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images 2:19

Ulysses, written by James Joyce – one of Ireland’s most cantankerous exiles – is very funny, organic, lively and grows on rereading. The more snobbis(...)