Frank Golden: ‘Novels are necessarily reflective of their times. We live, as we have always lived in violent times.’

Frank Golden is a poet, novelist and visual artist living in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare. His latest novel The Night Game has just been published by Salmon(...)

Author Alex Miller in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Alex Miller is an Australian author, who won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1993 for his novel The Ancestor Game. His eleventh novel, Coal Cree(...)

Author Alain de Botton (R) makes notes during his week as writer-in-residence at Heathrow Airport, west London, on August 20, 2009.

Internet research has convinced some we can know everything. But away from Google’s spoon dipped into Wikipedia’s stockpot, the idea of the mystery of(...)

Karl Miller  at an event in   Trinity College Dublin with novelists Janice Galloway,  Ron Butlin and  Alan Spence and poet Robin Robertson. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Karl Miller, who has died aged 83, will be remembered as the greatest British literary editor of his time, and one of the greatest ever. He founded, (...)

Martin Amis: holding a mirror up to the death camps. Photograph: Alan Betson

In Experience, his unexpectedly tender memoir published in 2000, the English writer Martin Amis went some way towards explaining his life and, more im(...)

Dún Laoghaire and its new library will be hosting this weekend’s Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival. Photograph:  Eric Luke

The Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival set the tone for the four-day event at its launch on August 27th, with controversial British novelist Martin Am(...)

Neel Mukherjee. Photograph: Murdo Macleod

Out of the unlikely mixed bag dominated by predictability that was this year’s Man Booker long list, an exciting potential showdown has emerged betwee(...)

Novelist Martin Amis, who was in Dublin yesterday for a talk ahead of the Mountains to Sea dlr Books Festival. Photograph: Alan Betson

The most technologically efficient machine ever invented is the book but as the American novelist Joshua Ferris recently remarked, “If you’ve spent(...)

Martin Amis: “Shaping art from horror and reality.” Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

A man admits to watching a woman and her two daughters, all three wearing white dresses and cream-coloured straw hats, as they proceed along a tree-li(...)

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To date in this series we have explored the constituent elements of fiction-writing, from plot, tone and language to voice, setting and characters.(...)