Louis Jordan, who was reported missing on January 29th, told family members he had survived by catching fish with his hands and drinking rain water, according to the Coast Guard. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto 1:00

A US man missing at sea for more than two months was celebrating a miraculous rescue on Thursday after being picked up by a passing ship and airlifted(...)

The burial of Irish US marine Liam Flynn at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia yesterday. Flynn, from Clane, Co Kildare, was aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed last month in Navarre, Florida. Photograph: Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com 1:30

Irish-American Liam Flynn, the US special forces marine killed in a helicopter crash off Florida last month, was laid to rest at an emotional ceremony(...)

The Coast Guard suspended its search-and-rescue operation in the waters off the Florida Panhandle on Thursday, an acknowledgment that the marines and army soldiers were unlikely to be found alive. Photograph: Staff Sgt. Denis Ricou/US Army Air National Guard handout/AFP

An Irish-born US marine has died following a helicopter crash off the coast of Florida earlier this week. Liam Flynn, originally from Clane, Co Kildar(...)

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)

The Anthem  website is displayed on a laptop computer for a photograph in Washington. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Several US states are investigating a massive cyberattack on US health insurer Anthem , which according to sources said is being examined for possi(...)

Gay rights advocate Vin Testa in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP

Gabriela Polanco says her 14-month-old daughter Alexandra Noemi is running around, eating with a fork and drinking out of “a big-girl cup”.Two years a(...)

Activists protest near the Manhattan apartment of billionaire and Republican financier David Koch last June in New York City. The demonstrators were protesting against the campaign contributions by the billionaire Koch brothers. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

With just 646 days to go, the 2016 US presidential race is already starting up and the ring is packed with various Republicans vying to prove who is t(...)

Loretta Lynch listens to a question during her confirmation hearing before the Senate judiciary committee. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general has defended the legality of the president’s executive orders bypassing Congress to protect illegal immi(...)

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

With 1.35 billion users of its Internet social network, Facebook would rank as the world’s second-most populous nation if it were a country. While its(...)

In The Story of Land and Sea Katy Simpson Smith breaks a host of supposed taboos for debut authors – omniscient narrator, shifts in point of view, major characters introduced and then killed off, plenty of reflection – but a book is much more than the sum of these parts. Photograph: Elise Smith
The Story of Land and Sea
  • Books
  • January 11, 2015, 08:00

A colleague asked recently if I had to read a lot of mediocre books for this column. With its focus on emerging authors and debut novels, they wondere(...)