Jane Smiley

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Darragh Martin: an immensely skilled storyteller

“It seems premature to dismiss the effect of Catholicism on my – our? – generation. Catholicism is there, a pea at the bottom of a stack of mattresses(...)

Fiona Mitchell: her background in journalism shows

In her excellent manual on fiction, 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley notes that one of the biggest mista(...)

An impressive debut by Preti Taneja

“Nothing will come of nothing,” King Lear warns his soon-to-be outcast youngest daughter Cordelia after she refuses to flatter him like her sisters. S(...)

 Madeleine Thien and the cover of her book, ‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’. ‘This is a brave, bold and intelligent novel, weighty with a sense of responsibility.’ File photograph: Man Booker Prize/PA Wire

Big names and expected contenders were among the fallers as the shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction which includes one debut novelist,(...)

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump jeers the media in front a crowd of supporters in July  in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Photograph:  John Moore/Getty Images

Richard Ford My old mentor and friend Shelby Foote used to say that a person couldn’t understand the US without understanding the American civil wa(...)

The banquet hall at Lismore Castle in Co Waterford. Photograph: Frank Miller

The blazing logs in wide hearths; the portraits; the tapestries glowing above the shaded lamps; the vaulting roof-beams and arched, coloured windows; (...)