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Brigid Lyons and daughter Olivia (12). Like thousands of other sixth-class children, Olivia had been looking forward to a traditional end-of-school graduation ceremony. Photograph: Alan Betson

School’s out. Two words that would ordinarily spark joy in the hearts of primary school children. But these are not ordinary times and, for 12-year-ol(...)

Children’s author Sarah Webb has set up a campaign to send inspirational messages to sixth class pupils who are missing out on their final months of primary school. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sports days, confirmations, school tours and graduations: this year’s sixth class pupils are missing out on key milestones in their young lives. It h(...)

Kevin Barry. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty

Kevin Barry: ‘We’re all having the wombles’ I was sitting on a bench at the smokers’ section outside Madrid airport last week, just taking a break fr(...)

John Boyne: ‘I literally started a new relationship, but he’s in London and we’re just at the early days. We’re talking every day but it’s a weird way to start a relationship where all of it’s on Skype or Whatsapp.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the writer John Boyne has organised an impromptu short-story competition for children, with €7,200 worth of book toke(...)

The author John Boyne has set up a short-story competition for children to enter now Ireland’s schools have been closed by the threat of coronavirus. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The author John Boyne has set up a short-story competition for children to enter now Ireland’s schools have been closed by the threat of coronavirus. (...)

In a Word . . .

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a bestseller novel. Yes, I know, it’s hard for a man to do that these days. I could use a woman’s name. Like(...)

Costa Book of the Year winner Jack Fairweather with his book The Volunteer at the Costa Book Awards in  London, Britain. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather has been named the 2019 Costa Book of the Year. The news was announced on Tuesday evening at the Costa Book Awards (...)

John Boyne: ‘All I ever wanted was that kids would be moved enough by the story that they would develop the same interest in this period of history as I had.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Last week, the author John Boyne pointed out what he saw as a troubling trend in publishing. “I can’t help but feel that by constantly using the same (...)

On his Twitter account, John Boyne criticised a proliferation of books with “Auschwitz” in the title, including The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, which was Ireland’s bestselling book in 2018 and 2019. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish author John Boyne has become involved in a Twitter spat with the official account of the Auschwitz Museum over the accuracy of his bestselling n(...)

This weekend’s Eason book offer when you purchase a copy of The Irish Times is €7 off the cover price of Last Stories by William Trevor, now just €4.9(...)

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