Neel Mukherjee. Photograph: Murdo Macleod

Out of the unlikely mixed bag dominated by predictability that was this year’s Man Booker long list, an exciting potential showdown has emerged betwee(...)

Novelist Martin Amis, who was in Dublin yesterday for a talk ahead of the Mountains to Sea dlr Books Festival. Photograph: Alan Betson

The most technologically efficient machine ever invented is the book but as the American novelist Joshua Ferris recently remarked, “If you’ve spent(...)

Martin Amis: “Shaping art from horror and reality.” Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

A man admits to watching a woman and her two daughters, all three wearing white dresses and cream-coloured straw hats, as they proceed along a tree-li(...)

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American novelist Edmund White photographed in Dublin in June 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

If survival is an art, it is one that the American writer Edmund White, famous since the publication of the powerfully autobiographical A Boy’s Own St(...)

Rob Doyle: “I’m grateful to the authors of shorter books, because my concentration is shot from the internet and all the coffee”

Rob Doyle was born in Dublin, and holds a first-class honours degree in Philosophy and an MPhil in Psychoanalysis from Trinity College Dublin. His (...)

Jimmy McGovern: ‘The writers I admire write about things that matter.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

On the day I’m supposed to interview Jimmy McGovern, he has to postpone to attend the funeral of a man who lost a child in the Hillsborough disaster 2(...)

New chapter: Joanna Walsh’s bookmarks of feted women writers

‘I don’t love women writers enough to teach them. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real-g(...)

Iodine tablets. Photograph: Frank Miller

I started trying to put the books in alphabetical order. It was late; the bottle of pinot noir that had been on special offer in the supermarke(...)

American author and literary critic Edmund White  in Paris. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

The title should make admirers of Edmund White smile. Paris may well be White’s pearl, but he in fact is the real pearl, moving around inside an aloof(...)