Rutger Bregman: ‘Most people, deep down, are pretty decent’. Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty

Dutch historian Rutger Bregman has a reputation for switching into attack mode during interviews. Okay, just two interviews but still enough to make T(...)

Anti-child propaganda: the film adaptation of William Golding's Lord of the Flies

The idea that children are savages and would murder one another without the civilising hand of their elders is a convenient story we have told each ot(...)

Lord of the Flies: the real-life story is a corrective to the feral vision of William Golding’s bestselling novel and its film

A real-life Lord of the Flies-style shipwreck has sparked a scramble for screen-adaptation rights among film and TV producers. The writer of an artic(...)

Andrew Giuliani hits from a bunker on the 13th hole during the first round of the South Georgia Classic Presented by First State Bank and Trust Company at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Georgia. Photo: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR

The scene was Trump National Golf Club in Northern Virginia on a summer’s day in 2017. The foursome consisted of the rules-averse golfer now known as (...)

Margaret Attwood and Bernardine Evaristo, joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize. Photographs: Getty Images

The literary world was taken by surprise tonight when the Booker Prize for 2019 was awarded to two books focusing on the experiences of women in socie(...)

Fatheads on the internet are already beginning to grumble about the imminent Oceans 8

Let’s remake every film with an all-female cast. No, hear me out. There are obviously some downsides to this plan. For starters, we have enough remake(...)

The team sent to Scotland in Eden

Imagine if we could just start again? That’s the big question posed by new back-to-basics reality show Eden (Mondays 9pm, Channel 4). The series aim(...)

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby film. F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is an option on the 2017 single text list for Leaving Cert

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has topped reading lists all over the world this summer. The story of the long-hidden second novel by the bestsellin(...)

 Conor Brady on writing The Guarding of Ireland – the Garda Síochána and the Irish State 1960 – 2014: “A big task to research everything that happened over half a century with very few papers available”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. A disturbingly subversive book for an adolescent schoolboy(...)

Despite having written several of the finest British novels of the past 20 years – including Arcadia (...)