Jane Eyre

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Costa winner: Monique Roffey won the 2020 Book of the Year award for her novel The Mermaid of Black Conch. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty

After two decades of splashing around in the shallows of success, Monique Roffey was taking no chances with The Mermaid of Black Conch. The novel, whi(...)

Daniel Craig will take  the Aston Martin round the block one more time

These pages have, in recent months, been much taken up with discussion of the candidates – some admirable, some outright cranks – vying for a ceremoni(...)

Maynooth university graduate Kathleen Lawrence: ‘When I first came into the school the teacher gave me a colouring book and said I didn’t need to learn Irish.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

When Kathleen Lawrence (31) was told as a child by her teacher that she was “stupid” she resolved that no one would ever call her that again. The you(...)

Most out-of-office email replies keep it simple, listing the contact information of their next-in-command and making a vague promise to get back to you by a certain date.

Ah, the feeling of excitement and gratification that someone has replied to your email so quickly, followed milliseconds later by the deflating reali(...)

Actor Michael Fassbender. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender is to be honoured in Killarney, Co Kerry for his achievements in the film industry. The Irish performer will be i(...)

Charlotte Brontë. “The spelling of Brunty, by the way, was and remains interchangeable with “Prunty”, their common ancestor being Ó Pronntaigh.” Getty Images

Certain events in Dublin aside, Easter 1916 was also an extraordinarily busy time for major literary anniversaries. There was of course the tercentena(...)

Fintan O’Toole: “I thought perhaps JG Farrell might have been excluded on the basis that he was half-Irish, but so was Laurence Sterne, and Elizabeth Bowen, CS Lewis, Joyce Cary, Jonathan Swift and Iris Murdoch, none of whom was British, got in. Puzzling”

I was one of 82 foreigners enlisted for BBC Culture’s poll of the best 100 British novels. Each of us was asked to pick a top ten. Only half of mine (...)

 Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell): “He is said to have wept because there were no more worlds left to conquer. The rest of us would have sighed with relief and had a nice cup of tea.”

Does money make you happy? Does it really? If I were to shout this at any average human as I passed them in my Lamborghini, they would be within their(...)

Maeve Higgins: If the guy is married but you still want him, watch the wife – learn from her – that’s obviously what he likes! Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In 2011, Rihanna said repeatedly that she found love in a hopeless place and we all wondered, does she mean here at The Irish Times Magazine? N(...)

Alison Weir: ‘I hope that with the ending of the recession things will improve for publishers. After all, people will always want to read books.’

Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her books include several works of non-fiction – Britain’s Royal Families, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Childre(...)

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