Martin Amis

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Anne O'Neill: I was 50 on my last birthday. Photograph: Ciara O'Donnell

Last summer I had my 50th birthday. Fifty, which Victor Hugo called the youth of old age and is, according to George Orwell, the age at which everyone(...)

Eileen Battersby with her horse Sophie in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eileen Battersby, the late Irish Times literary correspondent, who died on Sunday, December 23rd, after a car crash in Co Meath, was renowned for both(...)

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(...)

From left, Theo James, Amber Heard and Jim Sturgess in London Fields, a which has run into more controversy

Amber Heard has filed a lawsuit against the producers of the troubled film adaptation of Martin Amis’s London Fields, over the recording of an “explic(...)

Colm Tóibín, after winning the 2010 Irish PEN Award for contribution to Irish Literature. Photograph: Alan Betson

Novelist Colm Tóibín has been appointed chancellor of the University of Liverpool. The author, who won the 2009 Costa novel of the year with Brookly(...)

Zinedine Zidane lifts the 1998 World Cup at the Stade de France. Zidane captained a France team that represented a rainbow nation of different ethnic backgrounds. Photograph: Lutz Bongarts/Getty Images

The sunlight in Montpellier, the food in Lyon, the stadium in St Etienne, the atmosphere in Paris. Frank de Boer’s composed brilliance, Michael(...)

German writerJenny Erpenbeck. Photograph:  Andree/ullstein bild via Getty

Readers and book stores everywhere will be excited by the 160-title strong announcement of the 2016 long list for the Dublin International Literary(...)

Frank Golden: ‘Novels are necessarily reflective of their times. We live, as we have always lived in violent times.’

Frank Golden is a poet, novelist and visual artist living in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare. His latest novel The Night Game has just been published by Salmon(...)

Author Alex Miller in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Alex Miller is an Australian author, who won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1993 for his novel The Ancestor Game. His eleventh novel, Coal Cree(...)

Author Alain de Botton (R) makes notes during his week as writer-in-residence at Heathrow Airport, west London, on August 20, 2009.

Internet research has convinced some we can know everything. But away from Google’s spoon dipped into Wikipedia’s stockpot, the idea of the mystery of(...)

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