Marlon James: has become the first Jamaican writer to carry off the award – with   his third work. Photograph: PA

There is nothing brief about this year’s winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction; nor is there the death count anywhere as low as the title suggest(...)

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(...)

Not yet Unlimited: Steve Kessel of  Amazon with a Kindle in 2009. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The battle for the future of the written word entered a new phase this week with the launch here of Kindle Unlimited, an ebook subscription service to(...)

Donna Tartt: her novel The Goldfinch worms its way out of a catacomb of despair. Photograph: Fred R Conrad/The New York Times

And so, another school year beds down and the calendar is crowded with the grim promise of parent-teacher meetings and craft fares and fundraisers.(...)

JK Rowling

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (1963) Published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas in 1963, Sylvia Plath’s only novel tells the story of Esther Gre(...)

Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis (1954) A reluctant professor of medieval history in an 1950s English university, Jim Dixon rebels against the pretensio(...)

The Amazon warehouse in Peterborough, England. ‘Music and print media are among the industries most fundamentally changed by digitisation. When Amazon likens the change to the arrival of the paperback, it makes a grave underestimation – the invention of printing is a better analogy.’ Photograph: Reuters/Phil Noble

A group of leading authors, including Donna Tartt, Stephen King and Malcolm Gladwell, has attempted to intervene in the dispute between publisher H(...)

Amazon has been waging a battle against Hachette, the fourth-largest US book publisher, over the price the online retailer can charge for e-books. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon. com has halted pre-orders of some Disney movies, the Wall Street Journal reported, in what appears to be another contract dispute after the on(...)

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(...)

Jane Casey: “I’d love to write something about London during the second World War. That sense of constant threat, the backdrop of the blackout and broken buildings, the breakdown of social barriers, the now-or-never frantic feel to human relations, the casual heroism – all potent stuff for a novelist”

Born and brought up in Dublin, Jane Casey has been twice shortlisted for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award. The Kill, the fifth novel featuri(...)