Writer Jean Hanff Korelitz and her husband, the Irish poet Paul Muldoon, are planning to bring their adaptation of James Joyce's The Dead to Dublin next year. The New York-based couple are "talking to an important cultural Irish institution", Korelitz says.
When I was growing up, John Updike never meant to me what he was supposed to mean. A male American kid who wanted to write, I should have been reading The New Yorker but still subscribed to Sports Illustrated instead, even when I reached university.
A Bora tribe member - whose family benefited from the work of Irish revolutionary Roger Casement - has travelled to Ireland to be part of an exhibition of Amazon painters.
Antonia Fraser and Harold Pinter first met in January, 1975. After a dinner to celebrate the first night of a revival of The Birthday Party, she accepted a lift home. "I just must say hello to Harold Pinter," she told her lift-giver, "and say it was a wonderful play, wonderful actors, you're wonderful, blah blah blah". Having done so she told Pinter: "Now I must be off." He said: "Must you go?" She said: "No, it's not absolutely essential," and they spent the next 33 years together.
In the last decades of his long life, Anthony Cronin modestly wore the mantle of grand old man of Irish letters, a sage-like presence of unassuming authority and wisdom. Yet before old age conferred on him such gravitas, he had also been a controversial figure, largely because of his close ties to Charles J Haughey, who deferred to him on almost all cultural matters.
Not everyone gets to jet off to the sun during the summer holidays, and if you are stuck at home, or somewhere not particularly warm, then pick up Catherine Alliott's latest, Wish You Were Here (Michael Joseph, €12.65). Restaurant reviewer Flora and her doctor husband James have scored a freebie holiday in the villa of famous opera singer Camille. Unfortunately the couple are joined by their large extended family, Flora's first love and the Diva herself (Camille). Alliott's description of the South of France is wonderful and you can almost feel the heat on your face as you turn the pages.
Author JK Rowling has been "fully vindicated and her reputation restored" following a newspaper's apology for alleging she wrote a "sob story" containing false claims about her time as a single mother, the High Court has heard.
George Best had gone on the missing list for Calum. As the soccer icon once said himself of his infamous missing routine - Miss UK, Miss Sweden. Miss World. George, so the story goes, flew his son - then just 13 - to London over from America, where Calum was born in California on February 6, 1981, to help him celebrate his 50th birthday. The birthday party was not at George's home but rather at his second home, Stringfellows, 'the gentleman's' strip club in London. Calum was at the party but his dad wasn't. He was too drunk to attend and left Calum to be minded by the club's proprietor instead.
You may never have heard of Celetse Ng but this book, her debut novel, has beaten Hilary Mantel, Stephen King and all the other big names to take the Amazon.com Book of the Year title for 2014. It's already been a New York Times bestseller and may well now repeat the success on this side of the Atlantic.
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