Hilary Mantel

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According to leading Brexit commentator Prof Chris Grey: ‘Cummings is a type, very familiar in business … not as smart as they think; geek-macho; too impressed by pop-science … going from job to job leaving a trail of destruction for which they never have to take responsibility.’ Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Panto season has started early in the UK with a political dogfight in Downing Street. A row that has gripped political anoraks and dominated the headl(...)

Author Hilary Mantel has called for the Royal College of Surgeons to repatriate the skeleton of an Irish “giant” whose bones remain on display in Lond(...)

Fintan O’Toole: ‘The pandemic will have huge effects on what we will be reading and seeing and listening to decades from now.’ File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

I like to imagine that in a parallel universe, there is a discreet brass plate on the door of a fine Georgian house in Dublin, perhaps in Merrion Squa(...)

Many people are experiencing prolonged isolation for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

We asked readers who live alone to tell us about their experiences of the shutdown in Ireland during the past couple of months due to the Co(...)

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(...)

Nicolas Poussin’s The Plague of Ashdod in the Louvre in Paris. Photograph: Getty Images/DeAgostini

“The warm weather has brought sweating sickness to London, and the city is emptying. A few have gone down – and many more are imagining they have it, (...)

Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and fin-tech firm Square. Photograph: Reuters/ Toby Melville

Does it matter who owns Twitter to people who use Twitter? The evidence for the first 14 years of its history would say it matters about as much as wh(...)

Ted Kennedy at the Hist, 1970

During a meeting of Trinity’s College Historical Society on Wednesday March 1st, 1961, the British peer, Lord Windlesham, admitted that apartheid was (...)

Margaret Attwood and Bernardine Evaristo, joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize. Photographs: Getty Images

The literary world was taken by surprise tonight when the Booker Prize for 2019 was awarded to two books focusing on the experiences of women in socie(...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

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