Among the best short story writers (top row): John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Raymond Carver; (Bottom row): Ron Rash, Flannery O’Connor and Richard Ford

And the rocket’s red glare. The bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there From The Star Spangled Banner (1814)(...)

Margot Slattery: Guilty pleasure is Diet Coke. Photograph: Kieran Harnett
The Lighter Side

What business person do you most admire? Louise Phelan of PayPal What is your guilty pleasure? Diet Coke How do you unwind? At our house in Le(...)

 Madeleine Thien and the cover of her book, ‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’. ‘This is a brave, bold and intelligent novel, weighty with a sense of responsibility.’ File photograph: Man Booker Prize/PA Wire

Big names and expected contenders were among the fallers as the shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction which includes one debut novelist,(...)

Eimear McBride is represented in the competition by her second novel ‘The Lesser Bohemians’. Photograph: Eric Luke

In keeping with the celebration of International Women’s Day, the longlist for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, which features writers f(...)

Author Annie Proulx and Iron Mountain Literature Festival director Vincent Woods  on the way to a holy well in Co Leitrim.  Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Annie Proulx doesn’t do small talk. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Brokeback Mountain and The Shipping News was in Leitrim at the weekend and s(...)

The image from the cover of The Secret Life of Objects

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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(...)

Attacca remain young not only in appearance and spirit, but also in sound
Review: Attacca Quartet
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  • February 28, 2014, 17:05

Attacca Quartet St Finian’s Lutheran Church, Dublin *** John Adams – John’s Book of Alleged Dances (exc). Beethoven – String Quartet i(...)

Crafty: Elizabeth Gilbert in the shop she runs with her husband. Photograph: Tom White/New York Times

If an author is lucky, there comes a moment – a strange moment, quite likely – when, having laboured in isolation, one of their books is catapulted in(...)