Muriel Spark

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There’s a lot more to discover in Edinburgh than the castle and festivals. Photograph: Getty Images
Ten reasons to visit Edinburgh

Dovecot Gallery and Tapestry Studio The Infirmary Street Baths, built in 1885, were the first public swimming baths to open in the Scottish capital, w(...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

Ernest Hemingway: “Always stop while you are going good.” Photograph: Lloyd Arnold/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Over the past year, Helen Gordon and I have been putting together Being a Writer, a collection of musings, tips and essays from some of our favourite (...)

“What do such large, loose, baggy monsters, with their queer elements of the accidental and the arbitrary, artistically mean?” With his Russian conte(...)

Morvern Callar: Alan Warner’s debut novel tells the story of the eponymous narrator, who wakes up to find her boyfriend dead in the kitchen in the run-up to Christmas. A film adaptation starring Samantha Morton followed in 2002.
10 of the best: Scottish fiction
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  • September 17, 2014, 18:21

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark (1961) Muriel Spark’s best-known novel was first published in the New Yorker magazine. Centred on t(...)

Donald Clarke with Music on Clinton Street: ‘It’s an underrated novel that engages with many obsessions found in McCabe’s later work.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

We gave five treasure hunters €100 each and sent them off to bag bargains. At the end of the series, James O’Halloran of Adam’s Auctioneers will va(...)

The ultimate stereotype of yuppie greed and consumerism, Patrick Bateman was played by Christian Bale in the 2000 film adaptation of American Psycho
A series of unsaintly Patricks
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  • March 18, 2014, 15:33

Patrick Bateman The antihero narrator of American Psycho , Patrick Bateman couldn’t be further from a saint. Of wealthy New York stock, young Pat(...)

Mary Beckett’s reputation as one of contemporary Ireland’s finest writers rests on two collections of short stories, A Belfast Woman and A Literary Wo(...)