John Le Carre

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Barrett at 10 is sensational; he has a fullback’s pace and, with Coles, makes up my favourite back and forward combo.

At half time in the World Cup final, the All Blacks arrived back out on the pitch five minutes early: to do what? Clearly, Steve Hansen had his prior(...)

Construction work outside the  Reichstag in Berlin in September 1999, shortly after the German government moved from Bonn. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Last week, Germany’s federal environment minister Barbara Hendricks flew 480km from Berlin to Bonn to present a report. Then she turned on her heel an(...)

Joe Hone: February 25th, 1937-August 15th, 2016.  Photograph: Jack McManus

Joseph Hone, who has died in his 80th year, was an accomplished travel writer and novelist. His family tree included the painters Nathaniel Hone the E(...)

Under the IOC’s ruling, each federation will be required to produce a list of Russian athletes they believe are clean. Photograph: EPA

The International Olympic Committee faces an unprecedented backlash from anti- doping groups and athletes after it decided not to impose a blanket ban(...)

Bob Geldof and Van Morrison in A Fanatic Heart, a biography of WB Yeats

‘The 1916 commemoration on O’Connell Street was like a bad North Korea-type military parade with emotionally overblown television coverage” – no, not(...)

Superb storytelling: Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie in The Night Manager. Photograph: Mitch Jenkins

If you read The Night Manager, John le Carré’s 1993 thriller, you probably didn’t envision Jonathan Pine, the character of the title, as blond and ha(...)

From left, Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman and   Tom Hollander in The Night Manager. Photograph: Mitch Jenkins/The Ink Factory/AMC

It’s likely that if you read The Night Manager, John le Carré’s 1993 thriller, you didn’t see Jonathan Pine, the night manager of the title, as blond(...)

John le Carré in  London in 1964. Photograph: Ralph Crane/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images

John le Carré (84) is a writer of towering gifts, whose fiction appeals to a reading public both popular and literary. His first acclaimed espionage n(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash speaking following the forum on the living wage at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The judgment of previous coalition governments in timing general elections has been poor. Twice in recent political history, coalitions involving F(...)

Although slightly off the beaten path, ‘First Editions’ is really worth a visit and the contents of the shop will delight book lovers of all types and ages. Photograph: Declan Clancy

Who collects books these days? “Mostly men in their 50s and upwards,” according to Allan Gregory the proprietor of ‘First Editions’ who specialises in(...)

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