Ben Smith: his poetic abilities paint the surroundings of the novel in vivid detail.

Doggerland, an area of land that connected Britain to continental Europe, was flooded by rising sea levels somewhere between 6,500-6,200 BC. Now it is(...)

Microdisney: “The shows exceeded our expectations, which were high enough to begin with,” says Cathal Coughlan, second from left

Where there is an end, there might also be a cautious beginning. Cathal Coughlan, the Cork man perhaps best known for being the vocalist and lyricist (...)

Rahul Mandal (centre) is crowned champion by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith (right) Photograph: C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon/PA

The final of The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4, Tuesday) opens, as usual, with near-erotic footage of pastries and flans. Once again, I do not kno(...)

The southern border is the current seat of US anxieties, but the migration debate does not stop there. Photograph Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Large countries nurse an insecurity of their own. Their size promises power but their endless borders gift the outside world opportunities for incursi(...)

 Cormac McCarthy as CEO Ulster Bank  in 2009. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

US private equity giant Oaktree is lining up Cormac McCarthy as chairman for a new Irish retail-focused real-estate investment trust (Reit) that it is(...)

Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev recently ordered that his country’s language dump its modified Cyrillic script in favour of the Latin alphabet. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Endangered apostrophe

These are uncertain times for the humble apostrophe – those suspended squiggles rejected by George Bernard Shaw as “uncouth bacilli” and dismissed by (...)

Boom time: The aftermath of nuclear war has always been fertile ground for post-apocalyptic films, novels and TV series. Photograph: RomoloTavani/Getty Images

In January 1962, the cover of Esquire magazine trailed a feature on the influence of then US president John F Kennedy on men’s fashion, including his (...)

Gabriel Tallent: nuanced exploration of a traumatised female

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There has never been a better time for James Lavelle to return with his gaggle of gloom merchants to create a soundtrack for the inevitable apocalypse(...)

River Barrow trail: “The grassy towpath is the green frame for the river,” according to Olivia O’Leary River Barrow trail: “The grassy towpath is the green frame for the river,” according to Olivia O’Leary. Photograph: Paddy Woodworth

“Step out on the grassy way which is the Barrow towpath and you have stepped into another world. You can walk along the river for miles without hearin(...)

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