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(...)

The hearse carrying the coffin of  Eimear Walsh, one of the victim’s of the Berkeley balcony collapse, arrives at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, in Foxrock, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Hundreds of mourners at the funeral of Eimear Walsh (21) were told that she was “beautiful person” and a “wonderful daughter and sister”. Her father (...)

A new Citroën DS5 with a vintage Citroën DS (left) at the International Motor Show in Geneva last month. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Can you countenance a premium French car brand? History suggests the public are a little sceptical about such things. While there have been some obvio(...)

Are you mad about your mother? Or does your mother drive you mad? These questions are at the heart of a new book by Natasha Fennell and Róisín Ingl(...)

The bisexual novelist and memoirist Violette Leduc was born in 1907, the illegitimate offspring of a maid and her employer. Ledoc’s education was i(...)

How Thicke can you get? Reports that someone in Ireland bought a copy by mistake remain unconfirmed

‘When you’re not busy objectifying women, making light of rape and justifying sexual violence, how do you like to relax?” This was a question p(...)

Rob Doyle: “I’m grateful to the authors of shorter books, because my concentration is shot from the internet and all the coffee”

Rob Doyle was born in Dublin, and holds a first-class honours degree in Philosophy and an MPhil in Psychoanalysis from Trinity College Dublin. His (...)

Whether it’s Miami, the Med or, eh, the banks of the Spree, what books should you pack to read your way into the heart of  your destination?

United States Stoner, John Williams (1965) Reissued in 2003 with an introduction from John McGahern, this forgotten classic relates the exp(...)

‘Seamus Heaney suggested that if the American national myth is the frontier, the Irish national myth is the bog.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Through such writers as Beckett, Shaw and Wilde, Irish literature cannot be accused of ignoring philosophy, but very often it features as the butt (...)

The first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st, 1916. Photograph: The Art Archive / Imperial War Museum
Putting war into words
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  • April 10, 2014, 09:36

“You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, g(...)