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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(...)

Charles Byrne (1761-1783), illustrator unknown. Image: Wikicommons

In the late 18th century, it paid to be different. Or more precisely, people would pay to get a look at you. Exhibition of “the Irish Giant” is still (...)

Ernest Hemingway: “Always stop while you are going good.” Photograph: Lloyd Arnold/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Over the past year, Helen Gordon and I have been putting together Being a Writer, a collection of musings, tips and essays from some of our favourite (...)

Sometimes I lie awake in the dark and fear the complacency that is the first step along that road to ruining what you have. Photograph: Getty Images

At some point into the mania of a new relationship, a conversation will have to be conducted. It will be awkward, but the gist of it will go like this(...)

In this July 21, 2017 photo, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speaks to members of the media in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington. Scaramucci was fired  after just 11 days on the job. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Of all the theories for the short tenure of Anthony Scaramucci, the most intriguing - in every sense - crops up in a short Axios post. The website re(...)

Sarah Perry: “I find myself altered by illness and suffering. It comes to everybody eventually, and the trick is to use it in a wise and compassionate way rather than be miserable.”

It is always curious to see how writers will interpret their illness for the page. Doctors confine descriptors of pain and suffering to numbers: the f(...)

Paula Cocozza: observes what she calls “social brokenness” – “We live our lives removed from the people next door, from the people we sit next to at work.”

It’s a gloriously sunny morning and I’m chatting to Paula Cocozza when she suddenly gets distracted. “Oh, a jay just flew by my window,” she exclaims.(...)

Sebastian Barry: “That’s enough of that, I say, I don’t want to say no more. Silence.” Photograph: Alan Betson

In some ways it seems a bit of a puzzle that in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which was published a century ago, James Joyce’s alter ego, (...)

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(...)

Arguably celebrity endorsements for remaining in the EU fell on deaf ears in the way celebrity endorsements for shampoo don’t.

Hey Britain, what happened? You are meant to love a celebrity endorsement. You can’t get enough of Clooney’s coffee or Helen Mirren’s face cream. You(...)

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