Ian Mcewan

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The author Colm Tóibín is among a group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates who  declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers  that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Bre(...)

Sally Rooney: Waterstones’ staff named Normal People as their favourite book to recommend last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A good measure of a book’s success is: are booksellers tired of being asked if they have it in stock? In one south London bookshop, the owner has put (...)

Cold front: José Mourinho. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA

José Mourinho looked unimpressed. He had been handed a copy of Matt Busby’s 1973 autobiography, Soccer at the Top, with the last page open. There Busb(...)

Ian Buruma, ex-editor of The New York Review of Books: writers say his departure represents ‘an abandonment of the central mission of the review, which is the free exploration of ideas’. Photograph: Vincent Tullo/The New York Times

Leading Irish writers John Banville, Colm Tóibín and Roy Foster, along with some of the biggest names in English letters, including Joyce Carol Oates,(...)

Emma Thompson: singing judge

Can a committed, dignified performance save an otherwise painfully flawed project? On this evidence, the answer would be: “Erm, maybe, just about.”&nb(...)

 Katy Mullins (Carrick-on-Suir) and Becky Mullins (Dungarvan) attending the annual Jehovah’s Witnesses convention in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Nick Bradshaw

A childhood without celebrating birthdays – your own or anybody else’s – is hard to imagine in 21st century Ireland. When your child is at primary sch(...)

Siobhán Finneran, Sacha Parkinson and Molly Wright

It’s not unknown for films concerning the same subject to open within a few weeks of one another. It is, however, rare for such a particular issue as (...)

Incredibles 2: Mr Incredible struggles as a stay-at-home dad in this sequel to Pixar’s 2004 hit

Lessons have been learnt. Back in 2014, some weeks after Brazil were thoroughly spanked by the Germans, Hollywood’s summer sputtered to a halt after t(...)

On Chesil Beach: at one point Saoirse Ronan’s character holds her knife like a pen

Reviewing the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, I remarked on a minute breach of middle-class etiquette. Saoirse Ronan is reliably exce(...)

On Chesil Beach: a solid exercise in applied sadness

If you want a sense of the cultural distinction that once existed between England and the United States you could do worse than set Dominic Cooke’s On(...)

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