Alan Sillitoe

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‘You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming,’ writes Robert M Pirsig in his philosophical novel  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The book is 424 pages long and was started early in the first lockdown, continued throughout the second, and just finished at this point in the third.(...)

Doobey Hall was about halfway down Waterman Street and directly across from the mailroom and we’d often stop in there on our way to practice. It was (...)

British singer Mark E Smith, of the band The Fall performs at the Primavera Sound 2010 music festival in Barcelona in 2010. Photograph:  Marta Perez/EPA

Part-Anthony Burgess, part-punk-Andy Capp, Mark E Smith was a fierce art intelligence and a hero of polar opposition. A weird anti-London diplomat for(...)

Paul Howard at Luggala, Co Wicklow, where Tara Browne is buried. Tara Browne is the subject of Howard’s new book ‘I Read The News Today, Oh Boy’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Paul Howard dared me to work his new book into a column. I Read the News Today, Oh Boy has nothing whatsoever to do with athletics or sport, although (...)