Although slightly off the beaten path, ‘First Editions’ is really worth a visit and the contents of the shop will delight book lovers of all types and ages. Photograph: Declan Clancy

Who collects books these days? “Mostly men in their 50s and upwards,” according to Allan Gregory the proprietor of ‘First Editions’ who specialises in(...)

Lonely, alcoholic, incontinent, arthritic, confined to a wheelchair in the Hollywood Hills and listening tearfully to tapes of his dead partner, Howar(...)

Thirty-seven years ago, when Paul McGuinness signed a virtually unknown teen rock band called U2, he was also interested in making movies. After dr(...)

St Mary’s Pro Cathedral: “As part of its celebration of 175 years of uninterrupted publication, a Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at 11am on Sunday,  June 7th, in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin at which readers and supporters of the Tablet will be welcome.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The rededication of St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford last month was the culmination of its massive five-year restoration project. It also provided an oc(...)

Meryl Streep in Sydney Pollack’s 1985 film Out of Africa, which revived interest in the 1937 memoir by  Karen Blixen or Isak Dinsen in which it was based. It drew on her experiences running a coffee-plantation in Kenya, at first with her husband, then on her own. An eccentric Danish aristocrat may not seem the most likely chronicler of life in Africa but she is a natural storyteller, blessed with a precise, elegant and commendable flair for ironic epigrams

It’s the light, it’s the heat that hits you with the force of a punch to the chest, it’s the menaced turn and stare into the eyes of an animal more(...)

Border country: Lough Neagh is the backdrop to Anthony Quinn’s crime fiction; his anti-hero faces the legacy of the Troubles. Montage photographs: Design Pics/SICI/Perspectives/Getty and Peter Muhly/AFP

On the early-morning train to Belfast to meet Anthony Quinn, I fall asleep. Somewhere between Dundalk and Newry I wake up and find myself in a diff(...)

Whenever critics and readers decide to engage in trade-offs about great American writers denied the attention they deserve, Denis Johnson is invariabl(...)

Discover the secret history of your college: Trinity has secret wine cellars and of course, the Trinity ball. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Remember the first day in secondary school? Not to freak you out or anything, but college is a lot scarier. Big campuses like UCD and UCC – a world aw(...)

PD James’s  first novel was Cover Her Face (1962), which harked back to the cosy murders of the golden age, set in a country house with a body in a locked room and a cast including the vicar and a genial country doctor.

PD James, latterly Lady James of Holland Park, who has died aged 94, was the grande dame of the British crime novel. She was a link with the golden ag(...)

Philip Seymour Hoffman will return for extended cameos in the last two Hunger Games films, but his lead turn in Anton Corbijn’s take on a 2008 John(...)