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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  • April 6, 2013, 07:00

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 (...)