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A Traveller woman I know gave up cigarettes for Lent. She was sitting with her father by the fire on Pancake Tuesday feeding him pancakes. He w(...)


Laurent Cantet, director of The Class, takes a surprising swerve with this take on Joyce Carol Oates’s offbeat feminist novel Foxfire: Confessions of (...)

Taking on The Man: Foxfire

When the young actors from Laurent Cantet’s The Class – a rough, naturalistic school drama – were summoned back to the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 th(...)

Hisham Matar’s superb novel Anatomy of a Disappearance   failed to make it past the Impac longlist.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland’s Kevin Barry, an artist of daring and linguistic panache, has been declared the victor. This is the third Irish Impac win to date, and at suc(...)

Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid. Photograph: David Sleator

Mohsin Hamid has done it again. His 2007 novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, hit the zeitg(...)