James Joyce and Dublin: Our complicated relationship with Ireland's best-known author

It is, perhaps, the greatest short story in English literature. ‘The Dead’ – the evocative tale that concludes James Joyce’s Dubliners – continues to resonate powerfully with discerning readers and those who have watched John Huston’s remarkably faithful film adaptation. The setting – a “dark gaunt house on Ushers Island” south of the Liffey and close to the Guinness factory […]

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Your guide to 2020’s best non-fiction books

Whether you’re looking to learn, be inspired or just lose yourself in a true story, 2020’s non-fiction books have you covered. From fashion to race to food, 2020’s non-fiction books are wide-ranging, and sure to arm us with new knowledge. Reflecting the world around us, a number of next year’s most-anticipated titles feed into conversations about race, belonging and unconscious […]

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The 10 best books of 2019

EW book critics David Canfield and Leah Greenblatt break down their top 10 reads of 2019. 10. The Need by Helen Phillips Is it a hothouse domestic drama? Slow-burn science fiction? Straight-up metaphysical horror? All that, and more: Phillips’s spare allegory of a young mother who unearths a series of strange objects in an excavation pit offers a Twilight Zone premise with a […]

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Confessions of the man who failed to nail Savile

Confessions of the man who failed to nail Jimmy Savile: Louis Theroux reflects on his encounters with the former children’s TV presenter in a new memoir Louis Theroux discusses failing to nail Jimmy Savile in a gripping new memoir Father-of-three who studied at Oxford, career thrived as his marriage fell apart  He questioned former TV presenter Jimmy about being a paedophile […]

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Modest star who showed us all the way to Amarillo

Modest star who showed us all the way to Amarillo: Tony Christie reveals the challenges of his 50 YEARS in the music business Tony Christie recounts his upbringing and music career in an autobiography  The singer is best known for Comic Relief anthem (Is This The Way To) Amarillo Millions assume the song was sung by Peter Kay, who mimes in the […]

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The 29 books everyone will be raving about in 2020

From fiction to memoir, these are the books that’ll be everywhere in 2020.  2020 is already shaping up to be an incredible year for books with returning big hitters including Hilary Mantel, Eimear McBride, Elena Ferrante, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Anne Tyler and Marian Keyes all releasing much-anticipated books. There’s also incredible non-fiction from Deborah Orr, Layla Saad, Samantha Irby, Terri White and Lyra McKee […]

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Once Upon a Time in Ireland

THIS IS HAPPINESSBy Niall Williams “One of the unwritten tenets of the local poetics was that a story must never arrive at a point, or risk conclusion,” says Noel Crowe, known as Noe, in the Irish writer Niall Williams’s latest novel. “And because in Faha … time was the only thing people could afford, all stories were long, all storytellers […]

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Hot Stuff: Five new romances tackle the struggle to feel deserving of love

Many of us struggle with feeling like we’re not enough, or that some piece of us makes us undeserving of love. It’s a common obstacle for the protagonists of romance novels, one that’s employed to exquisite success in five new romances released this November. The reasons are myriad: past trauma, chronic illness, longstanding friendship, and so much more. Romances are […]

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On Loony Island, a Malignant Priest Strips Mental Patients of Free Will

THE REVISIONARIES By A. R. Moxon What if a truly malignant entity achieved total power? Not conventional human power, like wealth or political office, but total power: Think of the supernatural realm. The power to enslave everything that lives. To then minutely dictate the experiences and actions of those slaves to serve its whim and benefit. In short, the power […]

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