‘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(...)

Alistair Tosh, head of executive education at IMI (left) with  Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane during a Q&A at the Irish Management Institute National Management Conference 2014

Roy Keane broke cover in what has been one of his first appearances since the publication of his controversial autobiography today when he appeared al(...)

Ian McEwan: efficiently infiltrates the legal world and its hierarchy of clever debate conducted upon the chessboard of the law, but his novel is knowing and corny. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Ironically the most telling sentence in Ian McEwan’s slight, TV-drama-like new novel comes in the form of a casual observation made by the central cha(...)

Past winner Howard Jacobson is joint-favourite to win this year’s Man Booker Prize as the shortlist was announced today, featuring US authors for the first time. Photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

Past winner Howard Jacobson is joint-favourite to win this year’s Man Booker Prize as the shortlist was announced today, featuring US authors for t(...)

Dan Stevens: “I like working with cinephiles whether they’re actors or directors”

In person, Dan Stevens is a mild mannered and awfully civilised chap. Why wouldn’t he be? He read English literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. H(...)

Joseph O’Neill’s novel The Dog, due to be published in September, will be one of the year’s most eagerly awaited books. Photograph: Zak Hussein/PA Wire

Irish writers Niall Williams and Joseph O’Neill have been included on the longlist for this year’s Man Booker prize for fiction, which was announced y(...)

Jean-Pierre Thébault, France's ambassador to Ireland, toasts John Banville after awarding him the
Ordre des Arts et Lettres. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A few weeks ago it was Spain, tonight it is France, so might it be Sweden later this year for John Banville? The Irish author will be named a c(...)

John Banville: described by George Steiner as “the most intelligent and stylish novelist currently at work in English”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

John Banville has become the first Irish author to receive the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, announced today in Oviedo, Spai(...)

Illustration: Clare Brennan

When he wasn’t writing very short stories or novels about war, Ernest Hemingway also came up with pithy remarks about being an author. “There is nothi(...)

Joseph O’Connor: his advice  to an aspiring author? “Read Orwell. And get a job.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Joseph O’Connor is the author of eight novels: Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, St(...)