Alison Jameson: “There are grey days when the publishing industry feels like a long slow decline – and others, like when you spend a few happy hours reading a great novel or browsing in a good bookshop or attending a brilliant reading – when the demise of publishing is impossible to imagine

Alison Jameson grew up on a farm in rural Ireland, a remote and beautiful place that continues to inspire her work. An English and History graduate(...)

Valentine’s Day teddy bears at a shop in Mumbai. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

CONOR POPE: I’m not going to beat about the overpriced rosebush, Alison. Valentine’s Day is a ridiculous concept, to be avoided unless you enjoy be(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

I think I’ll start with Jimmy the plumber and take it from there. I should say that Jimmy the plumber is also Larry the electrician – he even has two (...)

Donal Ryan’s books of the year
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  • November 30, 2013, 06:00

I have only read a fraction of the books I wanted to this year, but there were some gems. In Billy Keane’s The Ballad of Mo & G (Liberties Pres(...)

At Winter Tales, in  Dalkey: Frank McGuinness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

nChristmas is the busiest time of the year for booksellers – and readers – so it’s a bit surprising that book festivals, so abundant at other times, a(...)

Novelist Alison Jameson at  Poolbeg Lighthouse on the Great South Wall in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Shortly after my son, Arthur, was born I had a visit from a female doctor in Holles Street. She was a nice, calm woman in scrubs until she spotted a b(...)