Elmore Leonard

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Tim MacGabhann: from Kilkenny to Mexico

“The verb is the writer sticking his nose in,” Elmore Leonard famously wrote in his rules for fiction. The award-winning American crime writer was ref(...)

Chris O’Dowd: “I used to write a lot in my spare time, in between jobs. But in the last three years I’ve had two kids.” Photograph: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Phew, that’s a relief. I thought we’d lost Chris O’Dowd there for a minute. Not on the phone – the phone connection to LA is fine, if a little distant(...)

Miles is given a buddy to allow for dialogue

The dirty little secret of Hollywood and, increasingly, television shows is that there are only so many stories to go around. In Get Shorty (Sky Atla(...)

Chris O’Dowd stars as Miles Daly in Get Shorty, which  is loosely based on the Elmore Leonard model

Raised by the Village Monday, RTÉ One, 6.30pm What do you do when your troublesome teen is getting out of hand and heading down a delinquent road? Se(...)

Charlize Theron in Gringo. She plays a self-preserving schemer whose idea of small talk is to gasp at a Mexican colleague’s family photographs: “Do they not sell condoms down here?”

 The deluge of unlovely imitations that followed Quentin Tarantino’s earliest and best-loved films were a particular blight on 1990s cinema. That(...)

Philip Hensher’s novel The Northern Clemency was shortlisted  for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Photograph: Simon James/PA Wire

What was the first book to make an impression on you? The Wizard of Oz, and especially the very weird sequel The Marvelous Land of Oz, where th(...)

 If you’ve (somehow) missed out on all those OITNB premiere parties, now is the time to get queuing

In the olden days, you had to leave your seat every three hours to change the DVD. Now, only the demands of bladder and nutrition need force you up(...)

Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston) is a socialite who has learned to live with her husband’s many failings, including drunkenness, skirt chasing and poo(...)

Derek Landy: "I write in my office, on a Mac. I know writers who work in cafes and in hotels and on planes . . . I can’t do that. I have to be at home and I have to be alone."

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Cujo, by Stephen King. I haven’t read it since I was a kid, but it terrified me. I was too yo(...)

Megan Abbott: expertly evokes teenage girls’ lives. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Megan Abbott’s early novels, such as Die a Little and Queenpin, were critically acclaimed historical noirs with a feminist twist that put the genre’s (...)

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