Helene Hanff,  author of ‘84 Charing Cross Road’

The life of Helene Hanff, which began 100 years ago today in Philadelphia, was a masterclass in the fickleness of fame. It was dominated for decades(...)

“What is going on in that silly brain?” Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightley in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice

In January 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was published. In the latter half of the 18th century, and far beyond the publication of that famo(...)

Irish actor’s Jack Reynor, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, English actress Lucy Boynton and Mark McKenna arrive for the premiere of ‘Sing Street’. Photograph: EPA

Ireland’s opening skirmishes at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah have proved hugely successful. Both Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, produced(...)

Jane Austen used the business of marriage to examine the landed gentry class of 19th century England. Each of her heroines finds the right match after(...)

Colin Farrell in The Lobster, a film by Yorgos Lanthimos

Six Irish films are to play at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah next month. It had already been announced that Rebecca Daly’s Mammal, a(...)

Fintan O’Toole: “I thought perhaps JG Farrell might have been excluded on the basis that he was half-Irish, but so was Laurence Sterne, and Elizabeth Bowen, CS Lewis, Joyce Cary, Jonathan Swift and Iris Murdoch, none of whom was British, got in. Puzzling”

I was one of 82 foreigners enlisted for BBC Culture’s poll of the best 100 British novels. Each of us was asked to pick a top ten. Only half of mine (...)

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(...)