Donna Tartt

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Christine Mangan’s debut novel was the subject of a bidding war in the US, where Harper Collins bought it for a reported $1.1 million

With its Hitchcockian cover and an atmospheric prologue that imagines a man’s bird-pecked body recovered from the sea, Tangerine lures the reader into(...)

 Top of the market: Untitled (Pecho/Oreja) by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Photograph  Cate Gillon/Getty Images

Even those who feel their love of art is pure are likely to feel a shiver of envy at news of insane prices fetched at auction: $110.5 million (€95 mil(...)

Lisa Ko: fearless in presenting protagonists who are far from sympathetic at times

 “I want you to know that you were wanted. I decided: I wanted you.” At the heart of Lisa Ko’s stunning debut novel The Leavers is a mother-son r(...)

Jessie Burton: the process of creating is again to the fore in her  new novel. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

After Jessie Burton’s debut, The Miniaturist, sold more than a million copies worldwide, there are hints of second-novel syndrome in the language of h(...)

With American reviewers likening The November Criminals to The Catcher in the Rye and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, Sam Munson’s debut novel has a(...)

Marlon James: has become the first Jamaican writer to carry off the award – with   his third work. Photograph: PA

There is nothing brief about this year’s winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction; nor is there the death count anywhere as low as the title suggest(...)

Former winner Colum McCann has had his book Transatlantic submitted for consideration. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The 20th International Impac Dublin Literary Award longlist announced on Monday includes two former winners. The award that has achieved so much in al(...)

Not yet Unlimited: Steve Kessel of  Amazon with a Kindle in 2009. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The battle for the future of the written word entered a new phase this week with the launch here of Kindle Unlimited, an ebook subscription service to(...)

Donna Tartt: her novel The Goldfinch worms its way out of a catacomb of despair. Photograph: Fred R Conrad/The New York Times

And so, another school year beds down and the calendar is crowded with the grim promise of parent-teacher meetings and craft fares and fundraisers.(...)

JK Rowling

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (1963) Published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas in 1963, Sylvia Plath’s only novel tells the story of Esther Gre(...)

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