Hilary Mantel For his 1959 life of the present queen’s grandmother, biographer James Pope-Hennessy compiled indiscreet and sharp-eyed interview notes, now edited by Hugo Vickers into The Quest for Queen Mary (Zuleika): very funny and astute, it provides a loathly feast for royal-watchers. Death and Nightingales by Eugene McCabe (Vintage), published in 1992 and now reissued, is set in rural Ireland in the 1880s: poetic and compelling, with a heart-stopping plot twist, it seems to me a perfect novel. Jonathan Sacks One of the most bracing reads of 2018 was Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (Allen Lane). Confronting the ever-growing constraints on free speech in universities, the authors show how a generation of students is being encouraged to develop mindsets that will do them psychological as well as intellectual harm. Brilliantly written, forcefully argued and … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightThe best books of 2018
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Irish book publisher Poolbeg Press – which publishes such bestselling authors as Marian Keyes, Maeve Binchy, Patricia Scanlan, Cathy Kelly and Sheila O’Flanagan – accumulated profits of €718,892 in 2017, up from €695,352 the year before. Please Subscribe or Log in to continue reading Please Subscribe or Log in to continue reading Subscribe Login Independent journalism every day With digital access you can read The Business Post whenever, wherever, and however you want. Unlimited access to all sections of The Business Post on desktop, tablet and mobile. Breaking news, comment and analysis from the best Business Post writers seven days a week. Live blogs of major news events Videos and podcasts from some of the industry's most respected journalists such as Tom Lyons, Susan Mitchell and Ian Guider Access to The Business Post's extensive archive … [Read more...] about Profit & Loss inside the world of private Irish businesses
While it’s widely accepted that kids and writing don’t mix, Andrea Mara and other juggling authors discover their offspring can offer inspiration.When Cyril Connolly famously said the pram in the hall was the enemy of good art, a link between parenting and creativity was born - one that has been discussed many times over since.John Banville sparked controversy a few years ago when he said in a newspaper interview that it’s impossible to be a good father and a writer — it prompted irritated responses from the numerous authors who are doing exactly that. But whatever way you look at it, it’s unlikely you can write a Booker Prize-winning novel with a toddler pulling out of your leg, and you can’t go to a writer’s retreat with three kids in tow (I know, I’ve checked).Indeed as I watch child-free authors go to launches and literary festivals, I wonder sometimes what that might be like — to travel at will, without the need for … [Read more...] about Writing with kids – easy as ABC?
We have teamed up with Eason, Northern Ireland’s leading retailer of books, stationery, magazines and much more to give you the chance to win a fabulous bundle of their top summer reads. And all you have to do is send us in your own composition, an original short story on the theme of ‘summer’. Our judges are looking for an engaging read, which is no longer than 500 words. Your story could be about remembrance of summers past, an unforgettable summer in a character’s life or anything else summer-related that you feel inspired to write about. The winning entry will be published in Johnston Press titles across Northern Ireland, as well as on our websites. With so many fabulous titles to choose from, Eason has handpicked a selection of their top recommended novels, life guides and autobiographies and you could win the lot! The winning writer will receive a bundle of top titles including:*The Year that Changed Everything, Cathy Kelly*Fall From Grace, Danielle … [Read more...] about Enter short story competition and win Eason top summer reads
2017 was a tough year, as we said goodbye to some of our best known and well-loved figures - from Sir Bruce Forsyth and Keith Chegwin to John Hurt and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. And the losses continued into 2018 with famous names from Stephen Hawking to Ken Dodd, and Jim Bowen to Cyrille Regis sadly passing away. Fans shared their memories and fellow stars paid tribute as they remembered those we have lost. Here's a look at all of the celebrities we've lost in 2018 so far who have inspired generations. JUNE Anthony Bourdain Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain died on June 8, aged 61. CNN, who he worked for, confirmed the news in a statement and revealed the cause of death as suicide. Bourdain had been in France working on an episode of his award-winning series Parts Unknown. His close friend, French chef Eric Ripert is reported to have found Bourdain unresponsive in his Strasbourg hotel room. Bourdain first shot to fame with the release of his book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The … [Read more...] about Famous faces who have died in 2018