Emma Donoghue’s Room was inspired by the case of Josef Fritzl, who was jailed for life for the rape and enslavement of his daughter in a cellar over 24 years and causing his son’s death. Photograph: Reuters

In the Forest by Edna O’Brien, 2002 Set in familiar O’Brien territory in the rural west of Ireland, In the Forest is based on the real-life trage(...)

Personal account: Nick Hewer’s Irish background was analysed on Who Do You Think You Are?

So we can add “Jesuitical” to “flinty- eyed” and “lemon-sucking” when describing Nick Hewer’s style as Alan Sugar’s sidekick on The Apprentice. It (...)