“Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.” Ulysses, James Joyce. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill
Eat your words
  • Books
  • May 15, 2014, 15:22

“I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.” Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez “And once I had recognis(...)

Mia Farrow, as Daisy Buchanan, and Robert Redford, as Jay Gatsby,  in a scene from The Great Gatsby, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1925 but did not assume classic status till the 1940s.

Publishing is a cruel game, one that is relentlessly focused on the new. All publishers have a front list of titles, generally the books publis(...)

Steph Booth with her husband, Tony: ‘Family, friends, acquaintances ask after him. As the one in the caring role I am assumed to be all right. I must be if I am coping.’ Photograph: George Skipper

Tony and I have always had a pretty tempestuous relationship. We are both strong characters and perhaps, it is a peril of being married to an actor. I(...)

‘I often take a much-talked-about book and recommend something similar but older. So for people buying Gone Girl [by Gillian Flynn], I might suggest Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca,’ says Bob Johnson of Dublin’s Gutter Bookshop. Above: Daphne Du Maurier

In 1934 Malcolm Cowley, literary editor of the New Republic magazine, had an idea. Having distributed copies of new books to his reviewers, he wond(...)

Well, here’s something we didn’t expect to see. Three years ago, Im Sang-soo’s updating of the Korean classic The Housemaid played to modest acclaim a(...)

 Know your art from your elbow: graffiti by Sums at this year’s Bridge Jam street-art festival in Drogheda, Co Louth

You can coast through school on a diet of whatever you’re told and what your friends like, but college is different. Now you have to be a cultural (...)

Auction ResultsWednesday, June 5th Bonhams, London. A Fabergé cigarette case, £205,250 (£150,000-£200,000). Tuesday, June 11th Sotheby’s, New York. Fi(...)

A first edition of ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F Scott Fitzgerald is expected to sell for $150,000 (€113,600) at a Sotheby’s auction in New York on Tuesday

The latest film adaptation of the great 20th-century American novel might have disappointed some critics but a first edition of The Great Gatsby by F (...)

Banville on screen: Natascha McElhone and Rufus Sewell in ‘The Sea’

Gore Vidal was fond of remarking, in his elegantly waspish way, that Hollywood never destroyed anyone who was worth saving. This seems a somewhat c(...)

American poet Sylvia Platt: question focused on intense emotions expressed in her poetry.

A sigh of relief cooled the air around Ireland today as the popular and elusive American poet Sylvia Plath appeared on yesterday’s higher level Englis(...)