Miriam Toews: spent 18 years in a small, Mennonite town in the middle of the Canadian prairies

Miriam Toews is a Canadian writer. She won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for her novel, A Complicated Kindness, and the Rogers Writers’ Tru(...)

Night falls in Berlin. Look upwards from Alexanderplatz Station towards the Fernsehturm – around which Prussian mists gather ominously – and you could(...)

Denis Donoghue’s books of the year
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  • November 30, 2013, 06:00

Julian Barnes’s Levels of Life (Knopf) is a love story surrounded by meditations. Barnes keeps talking about other things while wanting to talk only a(...)

Paul Lynch's books of the year
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  • November 30, 2013, 06:00

George Saunders’s Tenth of December (Bloomsbury) is almost matchless in contemporary short fiction: these are stories with heft and heart told in a(...)

Back behind the mic: John Murray in the studio on Monday. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

In a contemporary Ireland where nothing is certain except debt and taxes, Today With Sean O’Rourke (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) should be essential listeni(...)

Journalist and broadcaster Sinéad Gleeson, presenter of The Book Show

The Book Show, RTÉ Radio 1’s new, er, show about books and the “world of writing”, turns its first page this Saturday evening, with a celebration of M(...)

New habits: there are many ways, and places, in which to read an ebook. Photograph: Will Ireland/Future Publishing via Getty Images

I was a late convert to ebooks, seduced only by necessity: the birth of a child, which made the prospect of a backlit screen that I could manipulate s(...)