Bestselling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankel, whose most famous creation was the detective Kurt Wallander, has died  at the age of 67. Photograph: Nora Lorek/AFP/Getty Images

Henning Mankell, who has died aged 67, after being diagnosed with cancer last year, established almost single-handedly the global picture of Sweden as(...)

‘All the features of old, with the convenience of new,” I’m told, as we look around 131 Tritonville Road in Dublin. From the outside the house (...)

Singer Sam Smith is the voice of the new Bond theme song, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’. The 23-year-old said singing the title song to ‘Spectre’, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, was ‘one of the highlights of my career’. Photograph: @007/PA Wire

Brit-award winning singer Sam Smith has been confirmed as the voice of the new Bond theme song. The 23-year-old said singing the title song to Spec(...)

 Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell): “He is said to have wept because there were no more worlds left to conquer. The rest of us would have sighed with relief and had a nice cup of tea.”

Does money make you happy? Does it really? If I were to shout this at any average human as I passed them in my Lamborghini, they would be within their(...)

The late Dr Ian Paisley with former taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the carbine musket that Dr Paisley presented to him.   Photograph: David Sleator

A gun famously presented to Bertie Ahern by Ian Paisley during a ceremony on the site of the Battle of the Boyne sold at auction in Belfast this summe(...)

While unkind caricatures of “cat ladies” focus on loneliness and social awkwardness, the man who lives alone with a cat is more often portrayed as an out-and-out psychopath

This week I will stand up for a sector of society that has never been allowed proper respect: I am a man who lives alone with a cat and I don’t care w(...)

Actor Pierce Brosnan, who was stopped by airport security as he tried to board a plane with a knife. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan was stopped by US airport security as he tried to board a plane with a knife, it has emerged. The 62-year-old w(...)

Jason Johnston: ‘Typically in a novel a key character will go on a journey of self-discovery, will have an arc which ends when they have learned something significant or become something different, become better in some way. Bond does no such thing.’

It feels good to nick ideas from people you admire. Or, as writers like to put it, to “pay homage” to those who inspire you. I wasn’t sure how I’d fee(...)

Patrick MacNee as John Steed, centre,  with Joanna Lumley, who played Purdey,  and Gareth Hunt, who played Mike Gambit, during filming of ‘The Avengers’ at Pinewood Studios. Photograph: PA Wire

Patrick Macnee, the actor best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running 1960s TV series The Avengers, has died. He was 93. Macnee d(...)

Sinn Féin candidate for Newry and Armagh Mickey Brady: Says this is a “two horse race” between him and the UUP’s Danny Kennedy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The two main nationalist contenders in Newry and Armagh have interesting back stories. The SDLP’s Justin McNulty is a former Armagh All-Ireland medall(...)