The Shooting Party Anton Chekhov (1884) A master playwright, dramaturge and short story writer, Chekhov veered into longer form territory with nove(...)

Verbal pyrotechnics: Mark O’Rowe. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mark O’Rowe is best known for the verbal pyrotechnics of his monologue plays, dark narratives full of spectacular imagery and linguistic experiment. I(...)

The actor and comedian Dora Bryan, who has died aged 91, was perhaps best known for her role as Ros Utterthwaite in the sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine(...)

Director Walter Asmus. Photograph: John Haynes

Long before he first met Samuel Beckett, the writer who would come to define his professional life, the genial German director Walter Asmus had rar(...)

Echo’s Bones is a relatively minor work, but it’s pungent early Beckett, written while he was still under the sway of his mentor, James Joyce. Photograph:  Louis Monier/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

When the British publisher Chatto & Windus agreed in 1933 to publish Samuel Beckett’s first book of fiction, a collection of 10 interrelated stori(...)

One of the most memorable unhinged characters in contemporary Irish fiction is Francis Brady, the troubled child narrator of Pat McCabe’s The Butcher Boy
Mad men and women in fiction
  • Books
  • May 2, 2014, 01:27

Reviewed by Eileen Battersby in The Irish Times this Saturday, Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto (Viking, £14.99) is a near-perfect account of a p(...)

It is often said that Aidan Gillen is among the shyest of actors; that he’s the Artist Least Likely to Talk Guff; that between transatlantic jobs, he (...)

One suspects that John Pilger would greatly resent being thought of as any sort of fleshy institution, but the Australian journalist and documentar(...)

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie arrive at the Old Bailey courthouse in London last Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

I asked Mike Nichols, the director of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal on Broadway, why love triangles have such a mythic hold on the imagination. “We’re born(...)

Lia Williams: ‘I base everything in research, because I love it and it fascinates me.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Lia Williams opens the door of her top-floor city-centre apartment, ushers us in and offers tea. Floor-to-ceiling windows are open. Breezes are waftin(...)