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Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith congratulates Jeremy Corbyn on his re-election as leader. Now the people who brought us Smith, pallid flatterer of Corbyn’s worldview,  demand to be reckoned with. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Today, lots of people will end a romance, or stop fighting a terminal illness, or let an argumentative colleague have the last word, or fold a bad ha(...)

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump jeers the media in front a crowd of supporters in July  in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Photograph:  John Moore/Getty Images

Richard Ford My old mentor and friend Shelby Foote used to say that a person couldn’t understand the US without understanding the American civil wa(...)

Garrison Keillor, writer and presenter of  A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion signed off the air for good on Saturday evening, after 42 seasons, as millions of listeners, many in their(...)

We should not be surprised to discover that, after all these years, Pedro Almodóvar remains very much himself. There is a scene in the middle-ranking (...)

Edna O’Brien with director John McColgan, who presented her with a framed portrait before the tribute performance for her at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin last night. Photographs: Dave Meehan

A happy gathering of the great and the good of contemporary Irish culture assembled at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin last night to pay tribute to the (...)

Jackie Collins was  known for her vibrant novels about the extravagance and glamour of life in Hollywood. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Jackie Collins, the best-selling British-born author known for her vibrant novels about the extravagance and glamour of life in Hollywood, died on Sat(...)

Writer Edna O’Brien, in Sligo for  a   celebratory Nobel dinner   for   Yeats2015,  to  mark     the  150th anniversary of  the poet’s  birth. Photograph: James Connolly

For her last significant birthday the writer Edna O’Brien generated headlines stating “still hot at 80”, which arguably made her the ideal person to(...)

‘Reading is a choice. Not only in the obvious sense of taking up a book, or taking up one book and not another, but when reading the book at hand. It’s assessing the facts of the case (even the fictional ones) and seeing some as more relevant to a satisfying reading than others.’

George O’Brien is Professor Emeritus of English at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is author of three memoirs, The Village of Longing, Dan(...)

 Tiger Woods reacts after missing a putt on day one of The Open Championship at St Andrews. He shot an opening 76. Photograph: Danny Lawso/PA .

The cruelty of golf knows no bounds. It makes the rarefied few who break into the top tier splendidly wealthy and feted in return for wearing staggeri(...)

Edna O’Brien was reported to be “a bit stunned” to hear Drewsborough, near Tuamgraney village in east Clare,  had gone for auction, “as she had loved the place”.  Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

The Property section of this newspaper recently reported that Edna O’Brien’s childhood home, in Co Clare, was withdrawn from auction after failing to (...)

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