The cast of And Then There Were None, in which an excellent Aidan Turner gets all the best lines

It will not come as a great shock to discover that veteran Eastenders writer Tony Jordan is the man behind BBC’s ambitious Dickensian (BBC One), a spr(...)

Derek O’Connor riding Gurteen to victory at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

As the lads alighted Barney’s bone-shaker at the gates to Leopardstown on Monday, Vinny Fitzpatrick did his customary head count and identified a post(...)

Ruth Ware

In Northanger Abbey Jane Austen called it the “tell-tale compression of the pages”, the sense that a novel is coming to a close. Reviews seldom discus(...)

 John Curran on Agatha Christie: “If I learned anything from my study of the Christie Notebooks – and my deciphering of her frequently indecipherable handwriting – it was that to create a story that reads easily, you need to work very hard.” Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

I first saw the Notebooks of Agatha Christie on Friday, November 11th, 2005. Her grandson, Mathew Prichard, had invited me to spend the weekend at Gre(...)

The new Stieg Larsson: David Lagercrantz, author of The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Photograph: Moa Karlberg/New York Times

Once upon a time every crime writer from anywhere north of Letterkenny who produced a half-decent book was described as the new Stieg Larsson. But (...)

Although slightly off the beaten path, ‘First Editions’ is really worth a visit and the contents of the shop will delight book lovers of all types and ages. Photograph: Declan Clancy

Who collects books these days? “Mostly men in their 50s and upwards,” according to Allan Gregory the proprietor of ‘First Editions’ who specialises in(...)

Sunjeev Sahota who wrote ‘The Year of the Runaways’. Photograph:  Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images

The Year of the Runaways - Sunjeev Sahota At a chunky 450-plus pages, Sunjeev Sahota’s The Year of the Runaways is a big book. The title is a b(...)

‘Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?” Edmund Wilson asked in the New Yorker in 1945. Taking its title from Who Killed Roger Ackroyd? , an Agatha Chris(...)

French new wave: François Ozon shooting his film Young & Beautiful

François Ozon first came to prominence in 1998, when Sitcom, his debut feature, won over critics and an international audience. The Paris-born film-ma(...)

Belmond Grand Hibernian: the firm has refitted 11 Irish Rail carriages for luxury at a cost of $10 million.

Imagine the Orient Express, luxury dining cars in tow, steaming through Limerick junction – and not an Irish Rail ham sandwich in sight.It’s set to (...)