Philip Pullman

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Philip Pullman: his next book, The Secret Commonwealth, is set seven years after the end of The Amber Spyglass, the concluding part of the His Dark Materials trilogy. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Seven years after readers last saw Lyra Silvertongue, sitting on a bench in Oxford’s Botanic Garden, Philip Pullman’s most beloved heroine is set to r(...)

Colin Walsh won last year’s Francis McManus short story prize but says that if you look at the economics of writing, it doesn’t really bode well.

Franz Kafka lived in obscurity and died of the starvation caused by his tuberculosis. William Blake is buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave. Patrick K(...)

Chris Connolly: won the Tom-Gallon Trust prize of £1,000 (€1,121) for his short story, The Speed of Light and How it Cannot Help Us

There can’t be a writer alive who doesn’t appreciate a monetary prize, no matter how famous or established they are. Everything helps. Literary prizes(...)

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(...)

The “endlessly grand” Ayn Rand circa 1957. Photograph: New York Times/Getty Images

Forget the non-news that Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in the next James Bond film. The skinny that’s got the cinema world abuzz concerns(...)

British author Philip Pullman: miscreant or mothereffing maverick? Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

A recent fulmination in the Daily Mail called up unexpected memories of Mrs Doyle quoting an imaginary bonkbuster on Father Ted. “Then there’s the bad(...)

A team at Harvard is close to creating a mammoth-elephant hybrid. Photograph: Getty Images
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WHAT’S HOT John Farrell’s new D7 venture The exciting Dublin restaurateur is opening a joint in Stoneybatter Woolly mammoth A team at Harvard is c(...)

 Philip Pullman:  The Book of Dust is an “equel” to His Dark Materials. Photograph: Mark Makela/Corbis/Getty Images)

For the many global fans of Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, the excellent and exciting news is that finally, more books are comi(...)

US author Jonathan Safran Foer signs a copy of his latest novel “Here I Am,” his first in over a decade. Photograph:  Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Early in our meeting Jonathan Safran Foer reminds me that our interview is taking place on Yom Kippur, the holiest day within the Jewish calendar. “It(...)

Sarah J Maas: “There is a lot less literary snobbery now”

It is just hours before her appearance at a sold-out author event, but Sarah J Maas is quick to inform me that she will not be reading from her latest(...)

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