Roland Mary, proprietor of Berlin restaurant Borchardt: “I don’t have a missionary zeal to give the city back something it lost, but I see a market for this – otherwise it wouldn’t work.” Photograph: Derek Scally

I’m sitting in the Berlin restaurant Borchardt, marvelling at the deceptive perfection of it all.The tablecloths are white and almost as crisp as the (...)

Iron Gustav is the story of one man, but it is also a vivid, atmospheric portrait of Berlin, showing how the war affected its citizens. Photograph: Roger Viollet/Getty Images

Gustav Hackendahl, former soldier and now employer, is a domestic tyrant. He runs his home in much the same way as he directs the daily routine in (...)

Kilkenny life: Hubert Butler and Maiden Hall, his family home, in Co Kilkenny. Photographs: Matt Kavanagh and Suzanna Crampton

If the Lilliput Press had achieved nothing else for Irish intellectual life than introduce and celebrate Hubert Butler’s essays (and it has done much (...)

Money makes the world go round, or so the nasty little master of ceremonies in Cabaret sang suggestively. A lack of cash tends to send ordinary life s(...)