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Confessional Sedaris mixes bittersweet anecdotes with bereft heartbreak

Confessional Sedaris mixes bittersweet anecdotes with bereft heartbreak

Boyne’s insider take on love and longing in the literary world

Boyne’s insider take on love and longing in the literary world

19 things I know about writing

19 things I know about writing

Ever dreamed of writing a novel only for it to stall halfway through, or remain unstarted after years of trying? Perhaps John Boyne, a master of the form, can help. Here he reveals 19 trade secrets that may help you finally fulfil your ambition

Gossip trumps politics in frothy Obama White House memoir

Gossip trumps politics in frothy Obama White House memoir

Harrowing but clear-eyed essays on family and the female self

Harrowing but clear-eyed essays on family and the female self

Lodato’s study of love and marriage lacks the necessary bite to make a mark

Lodato’s study of love and marriage lacks the necessary bite to make a mark

Tyler still capturing the quiet heroism of ordinary Americans

Tyler still capturing the quiet heroism of ordinary Americans

Hiding within Clock Dance’s unchallenging story of intergenerational camaraderie, there’s a far weightier question: that of finding purpose in life

Fun whodunnit that follows in the footsteps of Agatha Christie

Fun whodunnit that follows in the footsteps of Agatha Christie

The third novel by bestselling thriller writer Shari Lapena, An Unwanted Guest takes a classic Agatha Christie premise, a group of strangers in a hotel with a murderer in their midst, and shifts the action from Devon to New York state

A singular voice exploring  the secret lives of the affluent

A singular voice exploring the secret lives of the affluent

Joseph O’Neill is a gifted observer of self-delusion, and many of the stories in Good Trouble hinge on the elaborate ways in which his privileged protagonists explain their privilege to themselves

Straight-talking memoir takes the fear out of forty

Straight-talking memoir takes the fear out of forty

Short stories a posthumous treat for Dunmore’s many fans

Short stories a posthumous treat for Dunmore’s many fans

Shaffer produces an amiable but ultimately hopeless parody

Shaffer produces an amiable but ultimately hopeless parody

Can creative writing truly be taught?

Can creative writing truly be taught?

In this extract from The Wrong Country, his collection of essays, poet Gerald Dawe muses on the present and future role of creative writing in Irish cultural life

Stylish, elegant, beautifully written... and utterly lifeless

Stylish, elegant, beautifully written... and utterly lifeless

There’s something mysteriously lifeless about Michael Ondaatje’s novels. Like Laura Ashley curtains, they gratify a snobbish taste without taking any aesthetic risks

Small-town Irish romance with a gothic tinge

Small-town Irish romance with a gothic tinge

It’s only in the novel’s eventful second half that one comes to appreciate Rebecca O’Connor’s precision, her ability to condense a series of tragedies and life-altering moments into a deceptively simple narrative