Banned finally in 2013, bedsits often provoke nostalgia amongst their one-time occupants – even if the conditions were often grim. The often-maligned(...)

A racy title from 1538

Ireland’s oldest public library, Marsh’s, has never been in the business of lending books. Since it first opened, in 1707, scholars have had to do the(...)

Amanda Bell, author of The Lost Book, and Jason McElligott, library keeper of Marsh’s Library, Dublin. They are looking at the Galeni Librorum, a rare book that went missing from the library, which is at the heart of Bell’s story. Photograph: Alan Betson

Once upon a time, a man wandered into a junk shop and found a dusty, battered book with a strange diamond pattern on the front. Inside, the pages were(...)