Loss and recovery are the mainstay of Clare Sestanovich’s Objects of Desire, with each story focusing on these twinned themes in some guise or other. Photograph: Edward Friedman

“A writer with enviable success, a kind of fame that seemed to befit a different profession: people knew his name and his face, they got sentences fro(...)

Readers of A Shock are instantly involved in the compelling action of Keith Ridgway’s worlds, the characters he writes with great compassion and clarity

There is a special kind of reading pleasure in books that feature seemingly disconnected stories of interlocking lives. The American author Elizabeth (...)

Katherine Heiny’s second novel Early Morning Riser charts the lives of ordinary folks in a wise and witty narrative.

Who isn’t in need of a feelgood read these days? Katherine Heiny’s second novel is the perfect antidote to these anxious times, a comfort blanket of a(...)

We’ve been meeting for eight years and, until the Coronavirus pandemic, we took it in turns to gather in each other’s houses. Photograph: Getty Images

In this Covid-19 public health emergency, how did we allow our bookshops to be deemed non-essential? Reading, I’ve found, is one of the few things tha(...)

Sinead Moriarty: ‘Paris is my favourite city in the world’

Current favourite book The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth Winthrop reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird, which is high praise, but that’s how much I loved it(...)

Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays at 10am

It’s that time of year, when a wise old man seeks to bring happiness to children, while checking to see who’s on his naughty list. Yes, Sean O’Rourke (...)

Fiona Glascott: When I’m away from London, I miss it.

Favourite current book? I just read Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. It’s about an old lady in America who’s in her 60s or 70s. The book is (...)

The 2014 Man Booker prize ceremony at London’s Guildhall. Photograph: Getty Images

An overwhelming majority of authors in the Folio Academy, which includes Irish writers John Banville, Colm Tóibín, and Belinda McKeown, along with Mar(...)

Kelly Creighton: her stories are memorable because of the quality of the writing

If the point of new fiction is to showcase emerging writers, the Belfast author Kelly Creighton is an ideal candidate. Her debut collection Bank Holid(...)

Dr Sam Guglani has a masters in creative writing from Oxford and writes a regular column on the medical world in the Lancet.

Those in the medical profession are long used to giving testimony – to colleagues, to patients as they explain diagnoses, even sometimes in court. Dr (...)

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