Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane gives a team talk to the  players before the game against Germany  at the Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA

It’s interesting how so much post-Gelsenkirchen talk has wound up focusing on what a trio of ex-players back in a Dublin television studio thought of (...)

On display: a cutout of Jorge Luis Borges at a book fair in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty

In a story called The Dead Man the Argentinean author Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) writes about a character who emerges from a shabby working-class d(...)

The Reader: concerned with second-generation guilt, Bernhard Schlink’s novel uses literature and literacy as a way of revisiting the “incomparable” crimes of Nazi Germany

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen (1818) Austen’s first novel, published posthumously, may not have as much finesse as her later more famous works (...)

Calamitous: a scene from Stalingrad, about the Nazi onslaught on the Russian city in 1942-43, the subject of Nicola Pierce’s City of Fate. Photograph: Non-stop Production

If all the books that constitute Irish children’s literature were to be classified thematically it would soon become obvious that a very sizabl(...)

The letters of Italo Calvino? Surely not, we might think, given this writer’s famous guardedness and privacy, his distrust of the biographical, of the(...)