Writer John Boyne pictured in his Rathfarnham home in February. File photograph: Alan Betson

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Imbolo Mbue: the  author’s  debut novel has been acquired for a seven-figure sum. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

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Life’s work: the first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, from 1623. Photograph:  Graeme Robertson/Getty

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Off the shelves: After a difficult decade for global publishing, Irish publishers had a relatively good year in 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

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