Coming after the masterpiece that was Rear Window and a few years before the late purple patch that began with Vertigo, To Catch a Thief (1955) occupi(...)

Author Liz Nugent. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Liz Nugent has spent most of her working life in broadcasting and has written for TV and Radio. Her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, published this(...)

Japan’s Nikkei share average rose to a one-week high as upbeat China factory reports offset some weak spots in the Bank of Japan tankan survey. The  Nikkei ended up 1.1 per cent at 15,326.20. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Asian shares held near three-year highs overnight on upbeat Chinese manufacturing data and expectations that US monetary policy will stay loose for s(...)

Whether it’s Miami, the Med or, eh, the banks of the Spree, what books should you pack to read your way into the heart of  your destination?

United States Stoner, John Williams (1965) Reissued in 2003 with an introduction from John McGahern, this forgotten classic relates the exp(...)

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The current season always generates a few stranded orphans: films knocked up in the Oscar-nominee style that slip beneath the voters’ radar. (...)

Mia Farrow, as Daisy Buchanan, and Robert Redford, as Jay Gatsby,  in a scene from The Great Gatsby, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1925 but did not assume classic status till the 1940s.

Publishing is a cruel game, one that is relentlessly focused on the new. All publishers have a front list of titles, generally the books publis(...)

 Michael Fassbender. Photograph: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

As expected, three films dominated when Chris Hemsworth read out the Oscar nominations in Los Angeles at lunchtime. Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a (...)

‘I often take a much-talked-about book and recommend something similar but older. So for people buying Gone Girl [by Gillian Flynn], I might suggest Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca,’ says Bob Johnson of Dublin’s Gutter Bookshop. Above: Daphne Du Maurier

In 1934 Malcolm Cowley, literary editor of the New Republic magazine, had an idea. Having distributed copies of new books to his reviewers, he wond(...)

Choice voices: Hozier at an acoustic session. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

‘It’s no good making art for yourself. It lives when somebody sees it.” The artist Alice Maher is sitting in front of an open fire in the back room of(...)

HP chief executive Meg Whitman. photograph: justin sullivan/getty images

In a keynote address that emphasised her company’s innovation “DNA” – and which veered between discussions of 3D printing and the cloud to a video of (...)