An unpublished interview by Bruce Chatwin with Irish designer  Eileen Gray in 1972 for the Sunday Times when her lacquer screen, Le Destin, sold for $64,000, a then record, inspired Patricia O’Reilly’s new novel

My impetus to write The Interview was a remark at a lunch that Bruce Chatwin had interviewed Eileen Gray in 1972 for The Sunday Times when her lacquer(...)

Consignment store Bang Bang on Berwick Street

London, one of the most culturally and historically significant cities in the world, also knows the value of a fashion statement. From the post(...)

A glass jug is produced at the Waterford Crystal factory that opened in 2010. Photograph: David Sleator 1:05

Next month, Taoiseach Enda Kenny is likely to hand president Barack Obama shamrock in an Irish crystal bowl at a ceremony in the White House, a(...)

Rough Magic performers Cormac Lawlor and Sarah Shine at the announcement of the Sky Arts award of €230,000. Photograph: Alan Betson

An old truck, coughing and spluttering its way across America, finally breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Its three occupants – a widow called Leoc(...)

Junior infants at St Brigid’s NS Castleknock, in Dublin, try the Handwriting Without Tears programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Developing a signature style

The thousands of letters in the archive of the actor Vivien Leigh, which the Victoria & Albert Museum, in London, acquired this year, are unlikely(...)

 The three Jameson sisters (from left) Tara, Andrea and Kristin photographed at their family home Tourin House. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

"Whiskey gets rid of ticks off dogs,” Andrea Jameson confides, as she pours tea in the informal sitting room of her family home, Tourin House, near(...)

Always on target: David Bowie as The Archer, for the  Station to Station tour, 1976. Photograph: John Robert Rowlands

David Bowie is enjoying a moment. His first album for a decade, The Next Day , was released (...)

Detail from a portrait by Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822-1865), the daughter of an English Aadmiral and wife of Cornwallis Maude, the 4th Viscount Hawarden who had an estate, Dundrum House in Co Tipperary. The collection is for sale at Bonhams, London, for £100,000-£150,000.

On Tuesday , in London, Bonhams will auction photographs described as “an exceptional archive of images, many previously unrecorded, by o(...)