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(...)

 Muhammad Ali (right) covers up against George Foreman during their world heavyweight boxing title fight in Kinshasa, Zaire.  Photograph: Getty Images

When Muhammad Ali rumbled in the jungle with George Foreman exactly 40 years ago on Thursday, they were safely distant from the dying embers of a con(...)

Jonathan Meades: “A good chair is vital. I have a Canasta by Heron Parigi. It cost £800 16 years ago – it was worth it.” Photograph: BBC

Jonathan Meades is an author and broadcaster, specialising in food, architecture, and culture. His latest book, An Encyclopaedia of Myself, “a port(...)

Patrick McCabe, Kevin Barry, and Ross Raisin. Photographs: Cyril Byrne, Matt Kavanagh, Angus Muir

Asking someone to name their favourite author or book is one of those cruel, impossible-to- choose questions. For some, picking a literary characte(...)

Brendan Behan with Jackie Gleason in Gleason’s dressing room in 1960. Photograph: Walter Albertin / Library of Congress

In 1960, shortly after the announcement that his play The Hostage was transferring to Broadway, Brendan Behan was having a drink in a Dublin pub with (...)

Chris Pavone: Books are for readers, and chances are fairly high that they don’t care about you, even a tiny bit. They want to be entertained or educated or seduced or terrified or blown away by the beauty of a spectacular sentence, and their desires are probably not going to be satisfied with 115,000 words about your teenage angst.
Brought to book: Chris Pavone
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Chris Pavone follows the success of his first novel, The Expats, a Kindle number one bestseller and a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller, with The Acci(...)

 Mike Tyson arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California earlier this month. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

“I surrendered,” Mike Tyson says simply as the ghosts of his past swarm around us on a hazy winter afternoon in Henderson. We’re only a half-hour driv(...)

Tow Path (2001) by TP Flanagan, included in SB Kennedy’s TP Flanagan: Painter of Light and Landscape

GEMMA TIPTON What would you like in your stocking? I have been lusting after a set of Irish artist John Gerrard’s Bone Cutlery for years. They’d fit n(...)

Manil Suri: a scene in his The City of Devi impressed judges.  “We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei,” he wrote. Photograph: Jose Villarrubia

Manil Suri has won the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award for a scene in his novel The City of Devi describing a sexual encounter in terms of exploding s(...)

Eamon Dunphy’s books of the year
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Not for Turning, volume one of Charles Moore’s Margaret Thatcher (Allen Lane), is magnificent. Moore enjoyed complete access to his subject, her fa(...)