Patrick Ness: “Chaos Walking” series ran over six books, and won major awards, including the prestigious Guardian Children’s Book Prize. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

On September 3rd, the death of Aylan Kurdi made global headlines. The boy’s family had been attempting to flee their war-torn homeland, and the pho(...)

It was raining as we drove into town, a cloud of mist hanging heavy over the mountains. GPS was spotty, but I was sure we would find the hotel with(...)

Planet Business

Image of the week: Passion and politics It probably wasn’t the most interesting conversation he has had lately, but for UK prime minister David(...)

Ever get the feeling that you’re living in an unjust world, fighting an unwinnable fight against an unstoppable force? This is the prevailing worldvie(...)

Off the shelves: After a difficult decade for global publishing, Irish publishers had a relatively good year in 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘Sooner or later the best-selling writers of the 1960s and 1970s would either die or go senile, making room for newcomers like me.” Stephen King recal(...)

Pauric Mahony at the launch of the GPA’s new ‘Fair Play Campaign’  at Tailor’s Hall, Back Lane, Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Pauric Mahony starts describing the dangling leg bone, the makeshift splint, the gasps of despair and the profound misery in such gruesome detail th(...)

Daddy issues: How did this guy become a poster-boy for Father’s Day?

Are men stupid? They are when they become dads, if the amount of fatherly tat in stores in a town near you is anything to go by. Receiving a pa(...)

Author Stephen King. Photograph: Stacey Cramp/The New York Times

Stephen King’s Finders Keepers (Hodder & Stoughton, €29.50) opens in 1978 with the murder, during a home invasion, of “America’s reclusive genius”(...)

Jane Lythell: ‘Reading has been such an important part of my life since I was a child and books have formed who I am.’

Jane Lythell lives in Brighton. She was a producer at TV-am and commissioning editor at Westcountry Television, before leaving to become deputy direct(...)

Neil White is a criminal lawyer who writes crime fiction novels. ‘People are much worse than writers are able to imagine them.’

What was the first book to make an impression on you?Any one of the Enid Blyton Famous Five books. I remember well the feeling of mild terror as the m(...)