Julian Barnes

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Viz: the comic’s fans include Boris Johnson, who was a young MP in 2004. Photograph: Dave Hogan/Getty

Simon Donald, co-creator We grew up without a TV. Our house faced a railway line and my brother Chris made friends with a boy called Jim Brownlow thr(...)

A poster for Robert Wise’s 1951 science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Patricia Neal and Michael Rennie. Photograph:  Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images

There are plenty of unexplained phenomena here on earth. What kind of mentality does it take for Mike Pence to dip his toe in the 2024 presidential (...)

Salman Rushdie. ‘I’m not a geopolitical entity. I’m someone writing in a room.’ Photograph:  Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Poor Salman Rushdie. The one thing I am most keen to talk to him about is the one thing he absolutely, definitely does not want to discuss. “I really (...)

Book lovers  waiting to enter the Secret Garden venue at last year’s  Dalkey Book Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Later today, well over 100,000 people will congregate at Slane and Malahide to hear, respectively, the venerable sounds of Metallica and the even more(...)

More than four decades ago, my mother and my only sibling, my older brother, were killed in a car crash. One morning I got up and went to school (...)

Dublin Dance Festival, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas Danst Rosas, Photograph:  Anne Van Aerschot

Dreaming in Blue Until February 14th Harry Clarke’s dreamy The Eve of Saint Agnes is at the Hugh Lane in Dublin, but you can see his wonderful waterco(...)

Chefs Catherine Fulvio, Derry Clarke and Paul Flynn snip at each other constantly, but seem to get on like a Tudor house on fire

Does history repeat itself, first as tragedy, the second time as farce? “No, that’s too grand, too considered a process,” Julian Barnes considered.&nb(...)

A portrait of author Ian McEwan at the Soho Hotel in London. Photograph: Lauren Fleishman/The New York Times

Ian McEwan’s bananas arrive at the table. “I had a craving for a banana,” he says, half-apologetically: “Would you like one?”  Having just spent(...)

Flann O’Brien: prescient

Myles na gCopaleen should have been alive to read an ad from the current London Review of Books for a limited edition of the latest Julian Barnes nove(...)

Nina Raine (seated front left) with director Oonagh Murphy (seated front right) and the cast of Tribes. Photograph: Mark Stedman

“When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.” So wrote the Polish Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz, coining a phrase that has been take(...)

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