Dancing at Lughnasa: ‘An  explosion of flour and frustration unites the sisters as their wireless provokes a ceilidhe in the kitchen’. Photograph:  Darragh Kane

Everyman, Cork **** The distance between what seemed to be and what was true is a space often explored by Brian Friel and nowhere more poignantly t(...)

David Hockney with his redesigned masthead for a one-off edition of the Sun newspaper. The artist gave qualified approval for Brexit: “The power has spread to the people because that’s what the iPhone has done.” Photograph: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

A giant David Hockney retrospective, which opened at Tate Britain on Thursday, is the fastest-selling exhibition in the gallery’s history, with 20,000(...)

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Books do furnish a room, noted Anthony Powell in the title of his 1971 classic. But what do you do if you (a) don’t read, or (b) have consigned all yo(...)

Fintan O’Toole: “I thought perhaps JG Farrell might have been excluded on the basis that he was half-Irish, but so was Laurence Sterne, and Elizabeth Bowen, CS Lewis, Joyce Cary, Jonathan Swift and Iris Murdoch, none of whom was British, got in. Puzzling”

I was one of 82 foreigners enlisted for BBC Culture’s poll of the best 100 British novels. Each of us was asked to pick a top ten. Only half of mine (...)

Donald Clarke with Music on Clinton Street: ‘It’s an underrated novel that engages with many obsessions found in McCabe’s later work.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

We gave five treasure hunters €100 each and sent them off to bag bargains. At the end of the series, James O’Halloran of Adam’s Auctioneers will va(...)