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‘The Hole in the Ground’ writer-director Lee Cronin: “You really need the wind at your back.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lee Cronin, writer-director of Irish horror film The Hole in the Ground, has one eye on the forecast. His debut feature will be released in Irish and (...)

Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale. Photograph: Peter Beard

In 1972, photographer Peter Beard and socialite Lee Radziwill – the younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – had the idea of making a film about(...)

 Writer Tom Wolfe arrives at Time magazine’s 100 most influential people dinner in New York, US, April  2005. File photograph: Jeff Christensen/Reuters

Tom Wolfe, the essayist, journalist and author of bestselling books including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vani(...)

American author Henry James in the early 20th century. Photograph: William M Van der Weyde/George Eastman House/Getty Images

Although I often feel that I have been reading him since I was in the cradle, the somewhat embarrassing fact is that I came late to Henry James. It wa(...)

The sun sets over Worthy Farm in Somerset as music fans start to arrive for the Glastonbury Festival. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Can a Glastonbury away from Worthy Farm truly be Glastonbury? We may find out in 2019 after founder Michael Eavis this week revealed his team is plan(...)

The decision to overturn Brendan Dassey’s 2007 conviction marks the third time in 18 months that a TV series or a podcast has played a decisive role in a major murder case.  File photograph: Morry Gash/AP

First Serial, then The Jinx, and now Making a Murderer: we officially have a new genre on our hands, the long-form, deep-immersion, true-crime documen(...)

Actor Niamh O’Rourke portrays  Countess Constance Markievicz at an Easter Rising centenary commemoration in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

It’s Easter Monday, and the pinnacle of the centenary celebrations, although like a good little pedant, I’m saving marking the occasion properly until(...)

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch with Mary Badham as Scout and Phillip Alford as Jem in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

“When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. When it healed, and Jem’s fears of never being able to play footba(...)

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee, in a  courthouse in her hometown. File photograph: Donald Uhrbrock/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

This time last year news editors and literary journalists were intent on sourcing advance copies of the rejected first novel from which Harper Lee sha(...)

Author of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee, in her father’s law office while visiting her home town of Monroeville, Alabama. Photograph:  Donald Uhrbrock//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
Seven facts about Harper Lee
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  • February 19, 2016, 17:50

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird became one of the most beloved books in US literary history. Here are seven facts about Lee, who died at the age o(...)

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