Get away at home If you want a little pre-Christmas detox, the Cliff House Hotel (thecliffhousehotel.com) in Ardmore, Co Waterford is runnin(...)

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn fish on the river Mississippi, near the childhood home  of Mark Twain in Hannibal, Missouri. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has never been out of print since it was published in 1876. Photograph: George Pickow/Three Lions/Getty Images

The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), John Bunyan “As I walk’d through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place, where was a Denn; A(...)

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Today ours is a four-letter word beloved of many, despised by the few. It could only be golf. A game by any other name, to the few. The one true relig(...)

Concerns that the increase on cigarette prices will lead to increased criminality leading to it being called a “Nidge” tax.

Another touch of Frost in the Kildare Street air and it had nothing to do with the change in the weather. Michael Noonan was moved to quote American p(...)

Courage: the Paris of 1942 comes vividly alive in No Stars at the Circus by Mary Finn

Stories to make us laugh and stories to make us cry; stories to bring the past to life and stories to illuminate the present: today’s selection of fic(...)

The stand-off between Amazon and Hachette has caused uproar in the publishing world in recent weeks. With the other major publishers soon to enter int(...)

Sheila Agnew: I can’t write fiction at a desk. Whenever I try to do so, all creative thought abandons me

Sheila Agnew’s first book for children (aged 9+), Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan, was published in Ireland and Britain in March. The second b(...)

Where would American culture be without revenge? The desire for retribution runs like a bloody stream through that nation’s drama, fiction and cinema.(...)

American artist Harry Smith in a room at the hotel in 1969. Photograph: Getty Images

‘I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel” goes Leonard Cohen’s song, marking his fondness for the hotel that served as a byword for the altern(...)

Terry Gilliam on the set of new film The Zero Theorem: “I don’t hate technology. I just hate the religion around it”

‘I’ve been in bed for three days so that I could get myself well enough to actually speak,” rasps Terry Gilliam into his tea. Maybe so. But, pr(...)