Hodges Figgis manager Tony Hayes having an early look at Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman’, which goes on sale after midnight on Tuesday, July 14th. Many bookshops around the world country stayed open all night to allow devoted  fans  to get their hands on the  much-anticipated book from the author of To Kill A Mockingbird. Photograph: Photocall/RollingNews.ie

A young woman is returning home to Maycomb, Alabama, from New York. It is her fifth annual trip. This time she is travelling by train, instead of by a(...)

Gregory Peck  as attorney Atticus Finch in a scene from the 1962 movie To Kill a Mockingbird. While the trial is pivotal to the book, Go Set a Watchman is more about the grown Scout, now Jean Louise and her coming to terms with her world and also what she perceives as her father’s racism. Photograph: AP Photo

1. It is a complete manuscript. It was first submitted in 1957and is very much of its time. 2. The third-person narrative voice is awkwardly handled. (...)

Shambaugh House, where many International Writing Programme events take place. Photograph courtesy IWP

There’s a lot of idle chatter about writers and their terror of the blank page, but for many of us the real enemy is too much clutter. How can (...)

Nic Greenshields as Jud Fry and Gary Wilmot as Ali Hakim. Photograph: Pamela Raith

Oklahoma!, with its stirring music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, is full of memorable lines. There’s the “Oh what a beautiful morning”, “the corn is (...)

 Harper Lee will publish her second novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman’, 60 years after the Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Photograph: Getty

There is something alluring about perfection; it is so rare that most people would understand the feeling of wanting to keep it that way. An initial r(...)

Ciarán Clark: ‘We all had the idea to make it into a proper library.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Capel Street in Dublin has a habit of throwing up surprises, and a new project there is attempting to revitalise a literary resource that had falle(...)

 Colette at work about 1940. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Recently, American writer Edmund White remarked, not for the first time, that literary figures are far more respected in France than in the US. Whe(...)

Behind bars: Harlan Coben. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Since publishing his debut, Play Dead, in 1990, Harlan Coben has alternated between writing standalone thrillers and novels in the Myron Bolitar serie(...)

Harry F Powers, the Butcher of Clarksburg, tells a detective the details of his grisly murders Photographs: Ny Daily News archive via Getty Images

Harry Powers, born Herman Drenth, unassuming although skilled at turning sugary phrases to capture the heart of despairing middle-aged women, was a(...)

Emma Donoghue’s Room was inspired by the case of Josef Fritzl, who was jailed for life for the rape and enslavement of his daughter in a cellar over 24 years and causing his son’s death. Photograph: Reuters

In the Forest by Edna O’Brien, 2002 Set in familiar O’Brien territory in the rural west of Ireland, In the Forest is based on the real-life trage(...)