Irish writer Mike McCormack’s 2016 novel, Solar Bones,  was the most commonly borrowed adult book in Irish libraries last year. File photograph: PA

Published over two decades ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone topped the list of the most borrowed library books in Ireland last year. The(...)


Here are the shortlisted entries for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017. Best Irish Published Book of the Year The(...)

Helen Mirren  as Jane Tennison

Jane Tennison is one of modern crime fiction’s great characters, a trailblazing protagonist who made her first appearance in Lynda La Plante’s Prime S(...)

 Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell): “He is said to have wept because there were no more worlds left to conquer. The rest of us would have sighed with relief and had a nice cup of tea.”

Does money make you happy? Does it really? If I were to shout this at any average human as I passed them in my Lamborghini, they would be within their(...)

Culture Ireland’s Showcase Programme will support artists appearing at three festivals in  Edinburgh in the coming months.

Irish artists off to Edinburgh A star-studded line-up of Irish literature and theatre will feature at festivals in Edinburgh this month with the (...)

Anthony Horowitz’s Moriarty presents, to paraphrase Arthur Conan Doyle, something of a two-pipe problem. The story opens in 1891, in the wake of th(...)

Sharon Black: “I am grateful for the advent of digital publishing. Without it, my debut novel might be gathering dust

Maybe it was JK Rowling’s stratospheric Rich List ranking, or Marian Keyes selling 20 million copies. Whatever it was, something made me wish I could (...)

Eimear McBride, pictured in the grounds of Malahide Castle, wrote A Girl is a Half-formed Thing in just six months, but it took nine years to get it published. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Eimear McBride is one of three authors to have been shortlisted today for the Desmond Elliott Prize, the “most prestigious award for first-time noveli(...)