‘I am delighted; it’s such an honour. I never expected it, but to tell you the truth, it’s great to get the money’

Not even the smallest irony is ever lost on Tasmanian Richard Flanagan. He wrote history books before turning to the risky art of fiction. “The(...)

Echo’s Bones is a relatively minor work, but it’s pungent early Beckett, written while he was still under the sway of his mentor, James Joyce. Photograph:  Louis Monier/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

When the British publisher Chatto & Windus agreed in 1933 to publish Samuel Beckett’s first book of fiction, a collection of 10 interrelated stori(...)

Megan Follows in Anne of Green Gables (1985)

Three years ago, I visited a book club whose members were girls aged between eight and 12. The next book on their list was Noel Streatfeild’s 1936 nov(...)

Author Colm Toibin has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize for the third time.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Will it be a case of third-time lucky for Irish writer Colm Tóibín? The Enniscorthy native was one of six writers to make this year’s Man Booker short(...)