Prince George on his way in to see his new sister on Saturday with his father Prince William. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

In Britain, the penny is dropping.Babies born in the UK on May 2nd 2015 will get a “lucky” silver penny. These new babies are getting their palms cros(...)

Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in the BBC drama series ‘Wolf Hall’. Photograph: Giles Keyte

Hilary Mantel, the Catholic-educated, Booker Prize-winning author, has created her own Reformation by changing popular perception about Thomas Cromwel(...)

Power broker: Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall

Pare it back and it’s the oldest story of all: power, loyalty and betrayal, the rise of a man from humble beginnings to the top table. Charlie, obviou(...)

Karl Miller  at an event in   Trinity College Dublin with novelists Janice Galloway,  Ron Butlin and  Alan Spence and poet Robin Robertson. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Karl Miller, who has died aged 83, will be remembered as the greatest British literary editor of his time, and one of the greatest ever. He founded, (...)

The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka (1915) Gregor Samsa’s unusual transformation from human to giant bug didn’t go down well with the Fascists and was ba(...)

Crafty: Elizabeth Gilbert in the shop she runs with her husband. Photograph: Tom White/New York Times

If an author is lucky, there comes a moment – a strange moment, quite likely – when, having laboured in isolation, one of their books is catapulted in(...)

Colm Tóibín is one of three Irish authors nominated for  the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Three Irish authors have been nominated for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. The longlist, published today, consists of 152 titles propo(...)

McCann’s Transatlantic, Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary and Ryan’s The Spinning Heart are all on the longlist for prestigious fiction award.

Three Irish authors have been nominated in the longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, it was announced today. Colum McCann , Colm Tóibín and Donal(...)

Jane Gardam: not as famous as Martin Amis. Photograph: Victoria Salman

Why isn’t Jane Gardam more famous? That’s what I kept wondering as I read her funny, moving new novel, Last Friends. It’s something that has baffled m(...)