John Banville: ‘For my Banville novels, the question of voice and point of view hardly arises, since they’re all in the first person. The Benjamin Black books are entirely in the third person, which allows for multiple points of view.’ Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

If character and plot have their own solid, architectural structures, one of the most intangible elements of a story, for many writers, is tone. Th(...)

A man dressed as a pikeman from the 1798 rebellion during the annual Sinn Fein Wolfe Tone commemoration at Bodenstown, Co Kildare last weekend. Photograph: PA

Gerry Adams confirmed over the weekend Sinn Féin is now thinking 2016 (at the latest) may be the year it makes a historic journey and considers enteri(...)

Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, one of a series of fictional murderers imitated by a serial killer in Pierre Lemaitre’s Irène

Pierre Lemaitre’s Alex earned rave reviews last year, not least for the way Lemaitre rework(...)

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I was turned inside out by #Conservatory at the Peacock last night. A perfect play. Go and see it while you can. @m_r_west — Selina Guinn(...)

John Banville: ‘I hate the summer.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘It was one of those Tuesday afternoons in summer when you wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk had the air of s(...)

Too modern: Gabriel Byrne, as Quirke, has too much floppy hair, and a hybrid Dublin-US accent that jars with everyone else’s

The best TV adaptations rip the beating heart from a novel and transplant it to a medium where the demands are so different that some character(...)

Michael Connelly. Photograph: David Livingston/Getty Images

Once upon a time, crime writers in Ireland were few and far between. These days it’s not so much a case of “whodunnit”, or even “who’s doing it”, as “(...)

“There is a long winter ahead, and I hope we have something for all of you to shorten those long winter nights,” said RTÉ Television managing director(...)

Les Frères Jacques on Dame Street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is a given that the French invented restaurants. But when? The accepted story used to be that restaurants were a by-product of the French Revolutio(...)

Banville on screen: Natascha McElhone and Rufus Sewell in ‘The Sea’

Gore Vidal was fond of remarking, in his elegantly waspish way, that Hollywood never destroyed anyone who was worth saving. This seems a somewhat c(...)