Former US president Bill Clinton. “The feminists lost their way performing as human shields, letting Clinton Inc demonise the willing and unwilling women in Bill’s life and treat them as collateral damage.” Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Book tours can be brutal. It took 20 years for Bill Clinton to be properly publicly shamed for the ugly bargain at the heart of the Clinton operation.(...)

Ryan Tubridy was upbeat, giddy and flippant, ramping up the feelgood factor without a hint of sarcasm or scepticism.

When the sun is shining, there are few presenters better suited to conditions than Ryan Tubridy. On Tuesday, as he returns to the air after the bank h(...)

Rory McIlroy earned $50m, while Conor McGregor pocketed $34 million to make in into Forbes’s  World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities 2017 list

Golfer Rory McIlroy and MMA and UFC star Cornor McGregor are among the world’s top 100 earning “celebrities”. Four-time Major winner McIlroy earned $5(...)

Former American president Bill Clinton at the funeral of Martin McGuinness in March. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Clinton is adding a new line to his resumé: novelist. The 42nd American president is teaming up with thriller writer James Patterson on The Presi(...)

The Girl on the Train writer Paula Hawkins make the Forbes list of richest authors. Photograph: the Guardian

Former financial journalist Paula Hawkins has become one of the world’s highest-paid authors, leap-frogging Game of Thrones bestseller George RR Mart(...)

David who? David Cameron dropped in on the Farnborough International Airshow for one of his last engagements as prime minister
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Image of the week: David who? At the time of writing, Britain has not been subject to a military coup, although frankly who knows what’s going on any(...)

James Patterson: makes the case for a shorter book format, but also says that if longer books went away, it would be a disaster, adding that Gabriel Garcia Marquez and James Joyce are his favourite writers. Photograph: Jonathan Hordle/Rex/Shutterstock

James Patterson’s 40-year writing career is so immense it’s as much fun for number crunchers as word lovers. His books account for one of every 17 ha(...)

Tommy Quigley (centre) with his two sons Steve and Shane celebrate Thurles’ win in the Pierce Purcell Shield at the AIG Irish Cups and Shields Finals. Photograph: Pat Cashman

As battle-hardened as he has become, Colin Fairweather - the shamrock emblem on the side of his cap indicating proof of his status as a current Irish (...)

David Kelly and Brendan Cauldwell in RTÉ’s 1980 adaptation of ‘Strumpet City’ - James Plunkett’s book  was the most borrowed adult fiction from public libraries in 2013

Strumpet City was the most borrowed book of adult fiction from public libraries last year, new figures show. Library users also elevated Fifty Shades (...)

Chris Hadfield, the former astronaut and YouTube star who has 1.2 million Twitter followers, will become one of the first authors to try and sell their books directly on Twitter. (Photograph: Commander Chris Hadfield/YouTube)

Do tweets sell books? It has long been a question for publishers and authors, who have started relying heavily on social media to promote books as the(...)

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