Linda Spalding: “Since no Irish author could be overrated, they must all be underrated. Ireland is the origin of authorial species.” Photograph: Jeff Nolte

Linda Spalding won the 2012 Canadian governor-general’s award for The Purchase (Sandstone (...)

The ultimate stereotype of yuppie greed and consumerism, Patrick Bateman was played by Christian Bale in the 2000 film adaptation of American Psycho
A series of unsaintly Patricks
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Patrick Bateman The antihero narrator of American Psycho , Patrick Bateman couldn’t be further from a saint. Of wealthy New York stock, young Pat(...)

Liz Nugent: ‘I seem to find screwed-up, sociopathic male characters intriguing.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

DARRAGH McKEON All That Is Solid Melts into Air Viking, March Set in a crumbling Soviet Union at the time of the Chernobyl disaster, All(...)

The banquet hall at Lismore Castle in Co Waterford. Photograph: Frank Miller

The blazing logs in wide hearths; the portraits; the tapestries glowing above the shaded lamps; the vaulting roof-beams and arched, coloured windows; (...)

Margaret Atwood: ‘I’ve always been a multiple-form writer.’ Photograph: Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images

If a zombie apocalypse ever takes place, I want to be with Margaret Atwood. We’re sitting in an Edinburgh hotel talking about The Happy Zombie Sunrise(...)