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The Book Thief 2:11
The Book Thief

The current season always generates a few stranded orphans: films knocked up in the Oscar-nominee style that slip beneath the voters’ radar. (...)

Mia Farrow, as Daisy Buchanan, and Robert Redford, as Jay Gatsby,  in a scene from The Great Gatsby, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1925 but did not assume classic status till the 1940s.

Publishing is a cruel game, one that is relentlessly focused on the new. All publishers have a front list of titles, generally the books publis(...)

 Michael Fassbender. Photograph: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

As expected, three films dominated when Chris Hemsworth read out the Oscar nominations in Los Angeles at lunchtime. Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a (...)

‘I often take a much-talked-about book and recommend something similar but older. So for people buying Gone Girl [by Gillian Flynn], I might suggest Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca,’ says Bob Johnson of Dublin’s Gutter Bookshop. Above: Daphne Du Maurier

In 1934 Malcolm Cowley, literary editor of the New Republic magazine, had an idea. Having distributed copies of new books to his reviewers, he wond(...)

Choice voices: Hozier at an acoustic session. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

‘It’s no good making art for yourself. It lives when somebody sees it.” The artist Alice Maher is sitting in front of an open fire in the back room of(...)

HP chief executive Meg Whitman. photograph: justin sullivan/getty images

In a keynote address that emphasised her company’s innovation “DNA” – and which veered between discussions of 3D printing and the cloud to a video of (...)

Kate Atkinson’s books of the year
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  • November 30, 2013, 06:00

The books I have enjoyed reading most this year all seem to deal with the American dream (as most American novels do in one way or another) and the(...)

Jurassic Park 3D

Watch this space. And kindly accept substitutes. This was supposed to be a review of Jurassic Park 3D, a grandiose IMAX presentation of Spielberg’s 19(...)

Dial M for Murder 3D

The recent anointment, in the 10-yearly Sight & Sound poll, of Vertigo as the current “best film of all time” confirmed that Alfred Hitchcock’s re(...)

‘Tourism, for us, is an exciting business to be in’: Cillian Murphy, owner of Murphy Blacks and chairman of Loop Head Tourism. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“The good thing about local communities, such as that in Loop Head, is that they can do a polished job of their own tourism sub-brand. They don’t have(...)

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