Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy, in the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby. As a parable of innocence corrupted, written by the doomed F Scott Fitzgerald at his most inspired, iit s difficult to surpass. Photograph: AP

Pilgrims, Puritans and vast numbers of helpless turkeys will be remembered today across the United States as Thanksgiving is celebrated. Traditiona(...)

Art handlers adjust “In the Omnibus”  by French artist Honore Daumier at Dublin’s Hugh Lane gallery. The painting was stolen in 1992. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

After an absence of more than 20 years, a drawing in watercolour and gouache by French realist master Honore Daumier, returned late last year by the C(...)

 Colum McCann, author of TransAtlantic. Photograph: Alan Betson

One of Britain’s most consistently original novelists, Jim Crace, emerged on the publication of his “final” novel, Harvest, last spring as an early fa(...)

Sexual fulfilment is a contentious arena, rife with insecurity, terror, need and an element of calculation. It is also the most difficult terra(...)

A bitter, damaged young woman meets an older man at a literary gathering. Her name is Constance; she works in publishing and lives alone. Her a(...)

Home Fires, by Elizabeth Day
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Social class, personal expectations, grief, shame and anger in all its faces dominate this intense second novel from the English writer Elizabe(...)

Testing the Current
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  • March 9, 2013, 06:00

It is 1939 and Tommy is eight years old. His two elder brothers are almost grown up and at college. His father has a factory and makes lots of (...)