Emily Dickinson: Miss Emily by Nuala Ní Chonchúir, above, (August, Sandstone) looks at the life of the famously reclusive poet through the eyes of 18-year-old Ada Concannon, her Irish maid. Photograph: Emilia Krysztofiak

Things We Have in Common, Tasha Kavanagh (May, Canongate) Yasmin Laksaris is the obese teenage narrator of the English author Tasha Kavanagh’s (...)

A  handout picture taken on Sunday  and released by the MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) shows migrants waiting aboard a wooden boat during a rescue operation in partnership with Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF) off the coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean sea. Photograph: AFP 1:20

Nearly 5,800 migrants were plucked from boats off the coast of Libya and 10 bodies were recovered in less than 48 hours, Italy’s coast guard said, in (...)

Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea, in Valletta’s Grand Harbour on Monday,  April 20th, 2015. Some  700 migrants were feared dead after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean. Photograph:  REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Last September, photographer Frank Miller and I spent a week in Sicily reporting for The Irish Times on the story of Mediterranean boat migration. We (...)

A Red Cross worker with an African migrant after his arrival by sea in Ceuta. Photograph: The Red Cross

Germinal Castillo pulls out his mobile phone and finds a photograph on it. It is of a group of sub-Saharan Africans inside a tiny inflatable boat, wit(...)

 Sjaak Rijke, who was kidnapped in Timbuktu in November 2011, was freed on Monday during a special operation and had been transferred “safe and sound” to a temporary base in Tessalit, north-east Mali. Photograph: Ho/Al Jazeera/ AFP Photo

French forces have freed a Dutch man held hostage in Mali since 2011 by al Qaeda’s north African arm, the French defence ministry said.It said Sjaak R(...)

A man walks past an Ebola awareness painting on a wall in downtown Monrovia, Liberia. One year has passed since the declaration of what has become the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

One year has passed since the declaration of what has become the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths. The virus escaped co(...)

One year has passed since the declaration of what became the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths and 24,000 people infected. But health experts and charities have warned the danger is far from over. Picture show healthcare workers prepare to go inside of the high-risk area for the first time, at the Hastings Ebola treatment unit in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in November. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times.

One year has passed since the declaration of what became the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths and 24,000 people infecte(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has always been in favour of  more integration of defence resources in the EU. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Claude Juncker’s call in a German weekend interview for a European army re-ignites a debate that has existed since the very beginnings of the Eur(...)

Security officials secure the site near La Terrasse restaurant where militants killed five people, including a French citizen and a Belgian citizen, in a gun attack in Bamako on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Militants have killed five people in a gun attack on a restaurant in Mali’s capital, including a French citizen and a Belgian security officer with t(...)

The “exile” in the album title really rings true in this case. The band came together when a bunch of Songhoy youngsters, who had been driven out o(...)