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Comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Stuffing turkeys, roasting the perfect potatoes and schlepping from one set of in-laws to another: is the thought of Christmas Day filling you with just a bit of dread already? Fear not. There are a raft of hotel getaways that will take all the stress out of the festivities for you, writes Jessie Collins

Close Encounters

Close Encounters

Dublin-based rock photographer Ruth Medjber has shot everyone from Grace Jones to Madonna. Ahead of her first live photography exhibition this month, she talks to Jessie Collins about how to capture a moment

Down All The Days

Down All The Days

As recently as 2014, Jo Spain was working for Sinn Féin in the Dáil. Now she’s an established crime author, and her latest work - the TV show Taken Down - is being billed as the new Love/Hate

BMW raises the bar for the GT class

BMW raises the bar for the GT class

There’s a new BMW 8 Series in town, eclipsing the 6 Series it replaces and challenging some very serious cars indeed, writes Shane O’Donoghue

Reinvent your idea of the wheel

Reinvent your idea of the wheel

Think carefully about the wheels you want on your car - size matters when it comes to fuel economy, ride and road noise

Škoda moves up a class with an impressive Scala hatchback

Škoda moves up a class with an impressive Scala hatchback

The Czech carmaker has jettisoned the lacklustre Rapid in favour of a rather more interesting animal, writes Dave Humphreys

Film: Trying to capture a fighter’s spirit

Film: Trying to capture a fighter’s spirit

Ross Whitaker’s knockout documentary portrait Katie follows the Bray boxer from her disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympics through to her decision to turn professional the following year

Be the most interesting person in the room

Be the most interesting person in the room

Toronto writer Anne T Donahue is host of the Nobody Cares podcast, a ribald look at music, fashion, feminism and more, and the author of a new collection of essays under the same name. In this essay from the book, she provides conversation starters for your next social setting

You spin me right round

You spin me right round

Music has become something that lives online and on your phone, but doesn’t have a physical form. A resurgence of love for vinyl albums pushes back against all that - and the Dún Laoghaire Vinyl Festival is the place to go

To try, buy or put by

To try, buy or put by

Austria: A vanished wine kingdom

Austria: A vanished wine kingdom

The Germans’ less efficient cousins have a storied wine history - even if most of it happened in other countries under the yoke of empire

A mawkish story is rescued by its own authenticity

A mawkish story is rescued by its own authenticity

Paris Echo is Sebastian Faulks’s third France-set novel, but he avoids an entirely romantic gaze of Parisian life, thanks in large part to this Moroccan narrator

McNamee’s gift for intense imagery sets a most atmospheric  mood

McNamee’s gift for intense imagery sets a most atmospheric mood

You don’t really read Eoin McNamee for his plots – though he is superbly good at them, and can nudge a gripping conspiracy thriller to life with just the right touches of jittery menace. You read him for his sentences

Rigorous and compelling study of Henry VIII’s chief henchman

Rigorous and compelling study of Henry VIII’s chief henchman

Diarmaid MacCulloch does not deny his subject’s ruthless side, but insists that it must be put in historical context

Raw power: Bringing Katie Taylor to the big screen

Raw power: Bringing Katie Taylor to the big screen

A new documentary about boxing superstar Katie Taylor is an intimate window into the world of the famously humble fighter. Filmmaker Ross Whitaker, a self-described introvert himself, may be the ideal director to capture her quiet ferocity