Former winner Colum McCann has had his book Transatlantic submitted for consideration. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The 20th International Impac Dublin Literary Award longlist announced on Monday includes two former winners. The award that has achieved so much in al(...)

Roy Keane signing the back of Sadie McCarthy’s jacket at the book signing of his first autobiography in Easons, Patrick Street, Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson

Charles Dickens was the first literary superstar. On his legendary public reading tours, he enthralled audiences of thousands but as an old booksel(...)

The duchess of Cornwall speaks at the awards dinner for the 2014 Man Booker Prize at the Guildhall in London, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

THE OPENING LINES 1. “He should have seen it coming.” 2. “Two former lovers of Molly Lane stood waiting outside the crematorium chapel with(...)

New Fiction: School of horrors
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  • September 20, 2014, 01:00

Kate Moss’s controversial statement that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels would fit well as the motto of the school in the dystopian world of On(...)

Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times

It is just after 8.30pm on a Tuesday, and Howard Jacobson is sitting at his desk in London, his computer still on, waiting to finish his working day. (...)

JK Rowling

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (1963) Published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas in 1963, Sylvia Plath’s only novel tells the story of Esther Gre(...)

Louise O’Neill: ‘I’ve noticed that there are teenage girls with 3,000 photos of themselves on Facebook. We’re constantly consuming ourselves: is this image me?’ Photograph: Denis Minihane

In 2010, Louise O’Neill got her dream job. Having graduated from Trinity with a degree in English and completed a postgraduate course in fashion bu(...)

Carys Bray: “I don’t give unsolicited advice. I don’t like it when writers pontificate about the way to do things. I think people need to discover what works for them”

Carys Bray’s debut novel, A Song for Issy Bradley, is published by Hutchinson on June 19th. “Miracles are like birds, they zip through the gap betw(...)

The Reader: concerned with second-generation guilt, Bernhard Schlink’s novel uses literature and literacy as a way of revisiting the “incomparable” crimes of Nazi Germany

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen (1818) Austen’s first novel, published posthumously, may not have as much finesse as her later more famous works (...)

Patrick deWitt reads from his third novel in a joint event with British spoken-word poet Hollie McNish. Photograph: Boyd Challenger

Galway’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature will mark its 30th anniversary next year, and between now and then, all involved need to consid(...)