Sharon Stone in Ratched, Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix drama. Photograph: Saeed/Netflix

Chef’s Table – BBQ Sept 2nd Chef’s Table – BBQ. Photograph: Netflix Chef’s Table is a lush look at food cultures, with previous seas(...)

Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch, and Kathleen Turner as VI Warshawski

“I’ve been doing it 24 years now and I couldn’t do it any more,” says Lee Child as he hands over the reins of his Jack Reacher series to his brother A(...)

Lady Gaga performs at the 61st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 10th, 2019. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Fandom is the worst thing to happen to popular culture in the 21st century. Obviously, that’s not true. But soak yourself in enough hysterical ov(...)

Chainsaw accident: Cate Blanchett before the incident, in May. Photograph: Getty for BAM

Cate Blanchett has sustained a cut to the head following a chainsaw accident at her home in England. The Oscar-winning actor, who relocated from Sydn(...)

The Dow Jones ticker in Times Square, New York, displaying news about Lehman Brothers on September 10th, 2008. The bank failed because it prioritised short-term gain over the necessity to develop a future-proofed strategy. Photograph: Bloomberg News

In the weeks and months ahead we will undoubtedly hear corporate management teams blame Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown for their company’s poor (...)

Zandra Mitchell: Ireland’s first female saxophone star

Apart from the road in Ballyfermot and the townland in Swords, as mentioned yesterday, it seems that the Battle of Cremona (1702) may also once have b(...)

Arthur Conan Doyle: was known to recite in company an epic ballad of dubious quality inspired by the Battle of Cremona (1702)

Unlike the one at Fontenoy 43 years later, to my knowledge the Battle of Cremona (1702) has never qualified for that ultimate Irish compliment of havi(...)

Seishi Yokomizo

The Honjin Murders, the classic Japanese detective novel by Seishi Yokomizo, is the perfect read for this time of year. Short and compelling, it will (...)

The Society: Lord of the Flies overtones

It happened in The Lord of the Flies with a plane crash. The same goes for Lost. The Leftovers sought a variation on the theme by opting for the raptu(...)

Michael Morpurgo: ‘Lying is an art form, no question.’ Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Current favourite book?  The Plimsoll Line by Nicolette Jones is a biography of a little-known man, only remembered because of the shoe that was (...)

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