Hubert Butler

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James Mustich: “I spent 14 years writing this and I know that I’m going to spend the next 14 years hearing from people what should have been in it.”

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List, by the American author James Mustich, is best understood less as a book, more as a kind of i(...)

Hubert and Peggy Butler

If the Nuncio and the Writer (RTÉ One, Tuesday, 10.35pm) seems like a documentary in a hurry, featuring a cascade of celebrated Irish and internationa(...)

Prince Charles and Princess Diana  on their wedding day on July 29th, 1981. Photograph: RC/HO REUTERS

Diana: In Her Own Words Channel 4, Sunday, 9pm As publicity goes, it was a bumper week for Channel 4, which couldn’t have asked for more opinion piece(...)

Ivor Roberts wrote that ‘the ancient quarrel [between Britain and Ireland] is in the process of being solved’.

As Britain stands on the threshold of exiting the European Union, a paean to Brussels has been made public, in which the author, former British ambass(...)

Alois Brunner: The Austrian Nazi, responsible for the deaths of an estimated 130,000 Jews, died locked up  in a squalid Damascus basement, a French magazine has reported. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A Nazi war criminal, believed responsible for the deaths of 130,000 European Jews during the second World War, died in a dungeon cell near the preside(...)

Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster speaking to journalists in Downing Street recently. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

The convening during the week of the all-island civic forum and recent talk of the possibility of the reintroduction of a “hard border” in the afterma(...)

Joe Hone: February 25th, 1937-August 15th, 2016.  Photograph: Jack McManus

Joseph Hone, who has died in his 80th year, was an accomplished travel writer and novelist. His family tree included the painters Nathaniel Hone the E(...)

We believe freedom and democracy are inseparable. This belief forms the basis of attempts by western governments to export their political model to countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Above, a US Marine watches as a statue of Saddam is toppled in central Baghdad. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

In February 1917, a young boy was reading a Russian translation of a Jules Verne novel in a street in the city of St Petersburg (at the time called Pe(...)

Treated like beasts: prisoners working in the crematorium at Dachau concentration camp, which Erwin Strunz avoided with the help of Hubert Butler and his wife, Peggy Guthrie. Photograph: LAPI/Roger Viollet/Getty

On the night of September 16th, 1938, a man called Erwin Strunz received a phone call at his flat in Vienna. The caller, a friend who had joined the N(...)

 Historian  Roy Foster and actress Fiona Shaw at the National Library for a Yeats celebration. Foster spent 18 years researching his WB Yeats biography. Photograph: Alan Betson

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Patricia Lynch’s The Grey Goose of Kilnevin. What was your favourite book as a child?(...)

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