‘Errors can’t always be undone. For those of privilege, this is always a revelation.” Twenty-nine-year old creative writing student Ed is a modern-day(...)

German writerJenny Erpenbeck. Photograph:  Andree/ullstein bild via Getty

Readers and book stores everywhere will be excited by the 160-title strong announcement of the 2016 long list for the Dublin International Literary(...)

 Donal Ryan:  “I spent 10 years thinking more than writing, and then thinking what I was writing. Deleting every sentence and writing it over and over again . . .” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

How do you know when you’ve made it as a writer? For Donal Ryan, who produced his first two novels, The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December(...)

The dramatic sell-off in Chinese stocks caused turmoil in markets. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Possibly one of the more alarming repercussions after China’s stock market slide was the arrest of nearly 200 people for online rumour-mongering, as w(...)

Anne Enright: The Green Road (Jonathan Cape)

Faint if distinct echoes of the Boston Tea Party may gleefully come to mind on perusing this year’s Man Booker longlist. Many traditionalists objecte(...)

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
  • Books
  • 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(...)

Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times

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(...)