Although slightly off the beaten path, ‘First Editions’ is really worth a visit and the contents of the shop will delight book lovers of all types and ages. Photograph: Declan Clancy

Who collects books these days? “Mostly men in their 50s and upwards,” according to Allan Gregory the proprietor of ‘First Editions’ who specialises in(...)

When you’re 10 years of age, Roald Dahl’s The Twits is hilarious, with the main eponymous characters serving as a note of caution to children who m(...)

Peter Swanson: ‘Goldfinger by Ian Fleming... was the first adult book I read. It was filled with sex and violence and it was a real page turner. I thought: Where can I get more books like this?’

Peter Swanson is the author of two novels, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, and The Kind Worth Killing (Faber & Faber, £14.99). His poems, st(...)

BJ Novak with his children’s book The Book with No Pictures. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

Steve Martin has done it. So has Madonna. Even John Lithgow and Whoopi Goldberg have had a go. Famous folk have frequently found a sideline in chil(...)

Happy ever after: Dustin Hoffman as Mr Hoppy and Judi Dench as Mrs Silver

There’s an uneasy moment in Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot (BBC One, Thursday) when Dustin Hoffman appears and you’re afraid that for the next 90 minutes you (...)

A Quentin Blake illustration in Roald Dahl’s The Twits

A is for Ahlberg Husband-and-wife team Allan and Janet Ahlberg are responsible for some of the best British picture books of the late 20th cent(...)

David Kelly and Brendan Cauldwell in RTÉ’s 1980 adaptation of ‘Strumpet City’ - James Plunkett’s book  was the most borrowed adult fiction from public libraries in 2013

Strumpet City was the most borrowed book of adult fiction from public libraries last year, new figures show. Library users also elevated Fifty Shades (...)

Ireland’s most borrowed: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, now also a hit film with  Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck

What do a disappearing wife, the driver theory test and a lot of wimpy kids have in common? They are among the subjects covered by Ireland’s most b(...)

Author Dwayne Alexander Smith. Photograph: Gordon Chou

Dwayne Alexander Smith is a screenwriter and author living in Los Angeles. Forty Acres is his first novel. What was the first book to make an i(...)

Author Darragh McKeon. Photograph: anaphoto.net

Darragh McKeon has worked as a director with theatre companies such as Rough Magic in Dublin, the Royal Court and Young Vic in London, and Steppenw(...)