Bob Geldof and Van Morrison in A Fanatic Heart, a biography of WB Yeats

‘The 1916 commemoration on O’Connell Street was like a bad North Korea-type military parade with emotionally overblown television coverage” – no, not(...)

Superb storytelling: Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie in The Night Manager. Photograph: Mitch Jenkins

If you read The Night Manager, John le Carré’s 1993 thriller, you probably didn’t envision Jonathan Pine, the character of the title, as blond and ha(...)

From left, Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman and   Tom Hollander in The Night Manager. Photograph: Mitch Jenkins/The Ink Factory/AMC

It’s likely that if you read The Night Manager, John le Carré’s 1993 thriller, you didn’t see Jonathan Pine, the night manager of the title, as blond(...)

John le Carré in  London in 1964. Photograph: Ralph Crane/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images

John le Carré (84) is a writer of towering gifts, whose fiction appeals to a reading public both popular and literary. His first acclaimed espionage n(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash speaking following the forum on the living wage at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The judgment of previous coalition governments in timing general elections has been poor. Twice in recent political history, coalitions involving F(...)

Although slightly off the beaten path, ‘First Editions’ is really worth a visit and the contents of the shop will delight book lovers of all types and ages. Photograph: Declan Clancy

Who collects books these days? “Mostly men in their 50s and upwards,” according to Allan Gregory the proprietor of ‘First Editions’ who specialises in(...)

John le Carré is set to make a cameo appearance in the BBC adaptation of his book The Night Manager starring Tom Hiddleston. Photograph: David Azia/The New York Times

From Sidney Lumet’s 1966 The Deadly Affair to Anton Corbijn’s more recent A Most Wanted Man, John Le Carré’s backlist has provided a host of memorable(...)

In documents declassified at the National Archives on October 24th, 2014, an agent codenamed Jack King is revealed to in fact be Eric Roberts, who until the summer of 1940 was working at the Euston Road branch of the Westminster bank.

The World War II spy who fooled British Nazis into believing he was a Gestapo agent and persuaded them to work for him has been named as a London bank(...)

Bernard Sumner of New Order.  Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

Back in the early 1980s New Order lost money on every copy of Blue Monday that they sold. “Only for the first 250,000 copies,” Bernard Sumner says. He(...)

Philip Seymour Hoffman will return for extended cameos in the last two Hunger Games films, but his lead turn in Anton Corbijn’s take on a 2008 John(...)