Nobel Prize winning Mario Vargas Llosa fictionalises real events in 1950s Guatemala, in his latest book Harsh Times

Twenty years after the English-language publication of The Feast of the Goat, a novel about the assassination of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, M(...)

Sappy ever after? Julia Roberts in My Best Friend’s Wedding. Photograph: Ronald Siemoneit/Sygma via Getty Images

I was talking to a young woman about love recently. She’s just 20 years old and is entering the world of dating for the first time. Unsure of what to (...)

Some writers use music to infuse their work with whatever mood is carried with it. Photograph: Getty Images

We often wonder what might have been in the head of an author while writing their book. We don’t always imagine it was Metallica. Or Charles Mingus. O(...)

This unique bronze by Stephanie Hess, called Air Hug II, will be a subtle reminder of the year without hugs for our loved ones. €1,400 at the Solomon Fine Art gallery.

With lockdown curtailing normal shopping activity, members of the Irish Antiques Dealers’ Association have curated a selection of unusual pieces that (...)

Gabriel García Márquez in Mexico City in 1976. Photograph: Alan Riding/The New York Times

King Kong Theory By Virginie Despentes, translated by Frank Wynne Fitzcarraldo Editions, £10.99 When I grow up, I want to be Virginie Despentes. The (...)

 Lina Prieto and her daughter, Luna, at their home in Bogotá, Colombia. Photograph: Federico Rios/New York Times

Her mother, a housekeeper, never made it past second grade. Her father, a policeman, never finished high school. But Lina Prieto had won a spot in the(...)

Just as the coronavirus ravages the world in the absence of a vaccine, so the banana disease fusarium wilt is marching inexorably around the globe, leaving a trail of scorched plantations in its wake

In the banana plantations of the tropical lowlands of Ecuador, workers are being issued with protective clothing and disinfectant is provided for thei(...)

Deb Olin Unferth’s new novel  plays fast and loose with time.

One of the trickiest things to pull off in fiction is the time-bending narrative, where an omniscient narrator loops in and out of different lives ove(...)

Adult fiction sales surged by 66 per cent last week as readers, even those already equipped with ceiling-high To Be Read piles, replenished their stocks. Photograph: Joel Saget/ AFP/ Getty Images

As cinemas, music venues and theatres nationwide have closed their doors, more books than ever are being opened, even though libraries and bookshops t(...)

The Chantelivre bookshop in the rue de Sèvres has window display of 36 books about hospitals, epidemics and quarantine. Photograph: Tala Skari

“Read!” president Emmanuel Macron exhorted his compatriots when he announced France’s coronavirus lockdown on March 16th. Perhaps only the French cou(...)

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