Read hot: summer reading at Bull Wall, Dollymount. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

1 Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (Vintage, £11.99) We tend to think children will resemble(...)

Jojo Moyes, Sam Lipstye, Lia Mills, and John Connolly

For writers, plot is one of the most divisive components of a novel or short story. Some hew to the idea of a tightly plotted story, others believe t(...)

John Connolly is at his very best here: angry, polemical and compassionate. The Wolf in Winter is a brilliant performance. Photograph: Alan Betson

Discussing the challenges of maintaining interest in a long-running fictional detective, Dennis Lehane recently asked, “Have you ever heard any(...)

Until recently, few knew that Annie Clark had some decent football skills. A video on the Rookie website now means that everyone can see Clark (...)

Gay Byrne presenting his show on RTÉ Lyric FM. Photograph: Alan Betson

In studio Gay Byrne is a vision in cornflower cashmere. He has his newspaper clippings, which he reads out during the show, carefully pasted on to A4 (...)

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 “(...)