Ireland’s most borrowed: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, now also a hit film with  Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck

What do a disappearing wife, the driver theory test and a lot of wimpy kids have in common? They are among the subjects covered by Ireland’s most b(...)

Minister Heather Humphreys with a German helmet now part of an exhibition at Glasnevin Cemetary, in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Thick black storm clouds gathered and the heavens opened yesterday afternoon just ahead of the Last Post being sounded at the Armistice Day commemo(...)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Louise O’Neill was asked by a number of editors to change the ending of her dystopian novel Only Ever Yours and to make her main character “spunkier” (“the Katniss effect”)

Having been called a "swot" by certain fellow Young Adult writers for scribbling notes throughout the Going Too Far? YA discussion panel at the eve(...)

LT Meade’s A World of Girls, which sold an impressive 37,000 copies, had a huge influence on girls’ school stories of the twentieth century by the likes of Enid Blyton

Imagine if JK Rowling’s name rang no bells in people’s minds 100 years from now. Rowling: so ubiquitous, influential and popular – the thought seems a(...)

Slow lane: Amazon has delayed delivery of Hachette titles from its warehouses while it puts pressure on the publisher to change its terms. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

When Waterstones opened its first US store, in 1991, the historian Robert Massie told a packed Boston audience at one of our first events: “You do rea(...)

Anna Carey, with back turned, and, from left, Lia Cummins, Anna MacNeill, Laura McDunphy and Aoife Mitchell. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 2:43

Books that are loved by teenage girls tend not to be taken very seriously, unless they start selling millions of copies. American author John G(...)

Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is a 17-year-old terminal cancer patient. She survives as a freak statistic in an experimental drug trial. Bu(...)

Brian Conaghan’s advice to aspiring authors: “If you can’t handle oodles of rejections then best to pack it in now. Otherwise, stop talking about wanting to write that book of yours and just do it”

Brian Conaghan was born in 1971 and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge. He gained a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the Universit(...)

Mary Deegan Kavanagh with a medal belonging to her aunt Maire Deegan, a member of Cumann na mBan, at the ceremony to mark the centenary of the foundation of Cumann na mBan at Glasnevin Cemetery yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson 2:46

Irish people are “called forth to fulfil a new promise” and to build new relations that our predecessors could on(...)

The chapel to commemorate the 232 people who died during the 1916 Rising, which is due to be completed to coincide with the the Easter 2016 centenary celebrations, will be built at Glasnevin Cemetery. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An international architectural competition to design a chapel to commemorate the 232 people who died during the 1916 Rising has been opened by the Gla(...)