Ian Mcewan

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The house on Usher Island in Dublin, built in 1775, was rented by James Joyce’s great-aunts in the 1890s, where he often visited them. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

A controversial plan to convert the location of the setting of James Joyce’s famous short story, The Dead on Dublin’s quays into a 54-bed hostel has b(...)

Kelly Macdonald in Line of Duty: ‘My first thought was that this would be really challenging.’ Photograph: Steffan Hill/World Productions/BBC

Kelly Macdonald’s roles are typically quiet and fraught with internal conflict, and entailing journeys that are more reflective than active. As a(...)

Sir Bernard and Lady Docker. Known by the gossip columns as “Naughty Norah”, she married three millionaires and spent their money with relish. Photograph: Getty Images

Many years ago, my mother went through a brief phase of inventing words and expressions. “He was hyrannical,” she would say, to describe someone who h(...)

Only one other performer has managed as many Oscar nominations at a younger age than Saoirse Ronan. By this measure and a few others, Ronan already counts as the most successful Irish film actor ever. Photograph: Nina Prommer/EPA

Moments after Saoirse Ronan received her fourth Oscar nomination, Sky News identified her as British. The surge of online fury confirmed the affection(...)

Saoirse Ronan is selling her five-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Co Wicklow. Photomontage: The Irish Times

Having already blazed a trail in the world of film, with her first Oscar nomination at the age of 14 and the Golden Globe award for best actress in 20(...)

Ian McEwan: ‘political satire in an old tradition’. Photograph: Lauren Fleishman/New York Times

In Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa awoke to discover that he had been transformed into a monstrous beetle. Now, in Ian McEwan’s surprising next pr(...)

Colm Tóibín: “I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.”  Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

That thing Voltaire didn’t actually say about defending loopy opinions to the death (I paraphrase) has gone out of fashion in recent years. Too often (...)

Chip Creek has written an eminently readable debut

An affair is fertile fictional terrain, a loaded gun that offers intrinsic suspense for novel and novelist. From Gustave Flaubert and Graham Greene to(...)

 John Boyne: “I chose to write Sam and Jessica’s story as a deliberately imperfect one in order for me to highlight the mistakes people make and how important empathy is.” Photograph: Alan Betson

John Boyne’s publisher Puffin has said it is proud to be publishing his novel about a transgender teen, after the book was dismissed as “transphobic” (...)

Coming up in this Saturday’s Irish Times, Bernard-Henri Lévy talks to Lara Marlowe and Ian McEwan is interviewed by Jonathan McAloon. John Boyne write(...)

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