Former winner Colum McCann has had his book Transatlantic submitted for consideration. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The 20th International Impac Dublin Literary Award longlist announced on Monday includes two former winners. The award that has achieved so much in al(...)

‘I am delighted; it’s such an honour. I never expected it, but to tell you the truth, it’s great to get the money’

Not even the smallest irony is ever lost on Tasmanian Richard Flanagan. He wrote history books before turning to the risky art of fiction. “The(...)

The Irish Farmers Journal announced Seamus Heaney’s Nobel win, in 1995, with the charming headline “Bellaghy Celebrates as Farmer’s Son Wins Top Literary Award”. Photograph: Pat Langan
The winning ways of literary awards
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  • September 27, 2014, 01:10

The Irish Farmers Journal announced Seamus Heaney’s Nobel win, in 1995, with the charming headline “Bellaghy Celebrates as Farmer’s Son Wins Top Liter(...)

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It is just after 8.30pm on a Tuesday, and Howard Jacobson is sitting at his desk in London, his computer still on, waiting to finish his working day. (...)

One of the most memorable unhinged characters in contemporary Irish fiction is Francis Brady, the troubled child narrator of Pat McCabe’s The Butcher Boy
Mad men and women in fiction
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  • May 2, 2014, 01:27

Reviewed by Eileen Battersby in The Irish Times this Saturday, Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto (Viking, £14.99) is a near-perfect account of a p(...)

Long regarded as of one Britain’s major literary figures, Edward Morgan Forster wrote six novels, including Howard(...)

Irish novelist Donal Ryan has won the 2013 Guardian First Book Award with ‘The Spinning Heart’. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

Irish novelist Donal Ryan has won the 2013 Guardian First Book Award with The Spinning Heart, an angry portrait of rural life in post-crash Ireland.Bo(...)

Breaking Bad

Acornucopia of cultural riches this year left us reaching for superlatives. Everything from Breaking Bad on television to Daft Punk in music, Gone Gir(...)

Eleanor Catton capitalised on two irresistible elements: humour and the traditional yarn. Photograph: Man Booker

Traditional storytelling, admittedly ably assisted by sufficient shaggy dogs to power a giant sled, has secured the 2013 Man Booker Prize for the y(...)

Colm Tóibín with fellow Booker short-listees. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

Canadian-born New Zealander, Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker Prize for 2013 with her second novel, The Luminaries.The entertaining human comed(...)