Irish author Anna Burns on stage at the Guildhall in London as  the Duchess of Cornwall (left) presents her with the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her novel ‘Milkman’. Photograph: Frank Augstein/PA Wire

The Man Booker Prize, as almost no one called it, has lost its Man, eighteen years after it technically lost its Booker. The Man Group, a hedge fund (...)

The Man Booker Prize, as almost no one called it, has lost its Man, eighteen years after it technically lost its Booker. The Man Group, a hedge fund (...)

Man Booker Prize: the Belfast writer Anna Burns won the 2018 award. Photograph: Frank Augstein/Pool/Getty

The Man Booker Prize is searching for a new sponsor after the hedge-fund giant Man Group announced it is ending its 18-year union with the prestigious(...)

All Quiet on the Western Front: from the film of the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty

For some years after the end of the first World War, the memoirs of generals and statesmen dominated publication about it – none more prominently than(...)

Soldiers in a trench outside a dugout at Verdun in November 1916. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

On a train journey across north-eastern France during the first week of August 1926, Joseph Probst, a German Catholic peace activist from the Baden re(...)

‘Irish women’s book clubs have their own particular flavour, often of grapes.’ File photograph: Getty Images

One night recently I was awoken from deep slumber by the sound of intense discussion and some raucous laughter outside. While half contemplating ris(...)

Jennifer Johnston’s How Many Miles to Babylon? – Nomad Theatre stage version including  Fergal McElherron and Sam Peter Corry – represented important attempts to re-examine the first World War and its legacy. Photograph: Colm Henry

War is ambivalent; for the powers that decide to wage it, it is as ancient as man, even older than Homer and is caused by expansionist greed and do(...)

John Boyne: “Life is short; I feel no compunction to finish a novel that is boring me. I’ll read something else.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

John Boyne’s latest novel is Stay Where You Are And Then Leave. His new novel for adults – his first set in contemporary Ireland – will be publishe(...)

 Joseph O’Connor:  his story of a rock band’s rise from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl has  been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. Photograph: Eric Luke

Joseph O’Connor’s story of a rock band’s rise from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl and John Niven’s tale of a debauched Irish novelist ha(...)

The stage version of Birdsong. Photograph: Jack Ladenburg

Not long ago, in a grand room studded with military portraits in the National Army Museum in London, a man did his best to account for the firs(...)

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