At the book club recently, something unusual happened. As a group, consensus is not something we usual dabble in. Usually, it’s cockt(...)

Andre Rieu: we might wish to ban his glutinous waltz-terrorism, along with stonewashed denim and mummy porn, but really we can’t.

Let’s ban everything “we” find aesthetically unpleasing. You know it makes sense. With such a policy in place, “we” would see the end of stonewashed d(...)

What do we make of the bidding war currently raging around the latest pseudonymously published novel by JK Rowling? We’ll tell you.Some time ago this (...)

Amazon has reported a loss for the second quarter of the year as operating expenses rose 23 per cent to $15.6 billion. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Online retailer Amazon has announced a surprise reversal in profits after another period of booming sales failed to offset a surge in costs.The intern(...)

You win: Patrick Freyne cedes victory to Dawn O’Porter

COLUM McCANN ‘I play Scrabble in international Scrabble tournaments,” says Colum McCann.“Really?” I ask.“No. I haven’t played for four or five years.”(...)

Inferno, by Dan Brown
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  • May 25, 2013, 02:00

Over the years people have asked: “What is art?” Dan Brown answers: “Art is clues!” Clues to what? “Clues to crimes!” That’s as good an answer (...)

From left : Una Mullally, journaslist, Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, the civil liberties organisation, and Louise Lowe, theatre director and playwright, on the opening night of the Dublin Writers Festival, at Smock Alley Theatre. Photograph: Eric Luke

Literary festivals and the F-word make for unlikely companions, but so it was. Last night, in one of the first events of th(...)

Inferno by author Dan Brown went  on sale yesterday. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Dan Brown’s latest novel Inferno is prefaced with an ingenious page stating “Fact: All artw(...)

Kindle users receive their pre-ordered copy of the new Dan Brown novel Inferno on their Kindle  devices as the clock on Big Ben in London’s Westminster strikes midnight, ahead of the book’s release in shops today. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/PA

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is back. Dan Brown’s latest thriller, the Dante-inspired Inferno, puts Langdon in a hospital bed with no mem(...)

Andre Rieu

An awful reign of terror is finally drawing to a close. For the last two weeks, André Rieu, mullet-headed Dutch waltz-strangler, has had exclus(...)

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