Author Lean Cullinan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Léan Cullinan has been writing since childhood and is a graduate of the MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin. Her debut novel is The(...)

Holiday ereading: Kindles and other devices are easy to hold on the beach, to pack and to travel with. Photograph: Eyeswideopen/Getty

The sun is out, the cream is on, the laptop is locked and a new book lies waiting. This is the stuff that summer holidays are made of, but the reality(...)

Sheila Agnew: I can’t write fiction at a desk. Whenever I try to do so, all creative thought abandons me

Sheila Agnew’s first book for children (aged 9+), Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan, was published in Ireland and Britain in March. The second b(...)

Anakana Schofield: Every book I read seems to change the way I think about fiction. Sometimes they drive me to despair by indicating how much more we need to demand from our fiction and other times they send me into orbit with the possibilities they reveal

Anakana Schofield is the author of the award-winng debut novel, Malarky, which is out now in paperback, a funny and moving tale of sexual shenaniga(...)

Humane: George Eliot. Photograph: London Stereoscopic Company/Getty

There are books you grow up with and books you grow into. For the writer Rebecca Mead, Middlemarch was one of the former(...)

1. “Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.” George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871) 2. “All happy f(...)

Author Elizabeth Gilbert at a film premiere in London. Photograph:  Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“Successful writers who complain about their lot are a little detached from the concept of what a horrible job really is.” So said Elizabeth Gilbert (...)

Skydiving into Los Santos: the open-world experience of Grand Theft Auto V is remarkable - but can it compare to watching a movie?

If there’s a vowel in the month, then it must be time to wonder if the movies are still any sort of viable medium. Two recent phenomena prompt us to g(...)

Mary Anne Evans, better known as George Eliot, wrote what many consider to be the greatest English novel, Middlemarch

Mary Anne (sometimes Marian) Evans, better known as George Eliot, the name she felt necessary to adopt to publish her novels, was born in Warwi(...)

Rooney Mara in Side Effects
Side Effects

Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum, Vinessa Shaw, Ann Dowd 15A cert, gen relea(...)