Ruth Ware

In Northanger Abbey Jane Austen called it the “tell-tale compression of the pages”, the sense that a novel is coming to a close. Reviews seldom discus(...)

File photograph of Jackie Collins who has died aged 77 after a   battle with breast cancer. Photograph: PA

Can “filthy and disgusting” be bettered as an epitaph? Maybe not. Jackie Collins, who passed away from breast cancer in LA this weekend, was thus des(...)

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby film. F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is an option on the 2017 single text list for Leaving Cert

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has topped reading lists all over the world this summer. The story of the long-hidden second novel by the bestsellin(...)

The Thrill of it All tells the story of a band called The Ships in the Night, using interviews, lyrics, memoirs and diaries.

This month The Irish Times Book Club is reading Joseph O’Connor’s latest novel, The Thrill of it All. Here is an extract from the first chapter, wh(...)

Cauliflower is better roasted than boiled or steamed

I love a recipe that makes me think differently about an ingredient, or a dish that makes me rediscover a food I’ve shunned in the past. Like Jane (...)

Me time: Sarah Bannan writes each day from 4.30am to 6.30am. “At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or my daughter or my email, nor even social media.” Illustration: CSA/Getty

I write in a tiny crawl space in my one-bedroom cottage every morning from 4.30am to 6.30am. At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or(...)

Marc Bolland has pushed through a number of much-needed changes at the retailer, including revamping the stores and improving its fashion ranges. Photograph: Getty Images

Hang out the bunting! Pop the champagne corks! Marks & Spencer is about to report its first increase in annual profits in four years.Chief executi(...)

Flour power: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with presenter Alan Hughes and baker Catherine Leyden on TV3’s ‘Ireland AM’. Photgraph: Brian McEvoy
Planet Business

Image of the week: Breakfast with Enda It was off to Ballymount this week for Enda Kenny, who dropped into TV3’s Ireland AM for the first time (...)

The taxpayer last year funded Open University courses to the tune of over €135,000 for prison inmates to study the likes of creative writing, art – a(...)

She’s one of the most compelling singers to ever grab a microphone and glare down the barrel of an audience, but how much do we really know about G(...)