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    1. November 23, 2014

      Howie the Rookie, The Pit, Barbican, London – review

      The 1990s in theatre meant more than “in-yer-face” plays. At the same time as British drama was growing graphic and...

    2. October 10, 2014

      How to collect rare books

      Investment is a dirty word among the dealers and auctioneers of the antiquarian book trade. “The return that comes from a...

    1. March 16, 2014

      riverrun, National Theatre (Shed), London – review

      Those yet to make it past the 100-letter word in Finnegans Wake’s third paragraph – it marks a rumble of thunder and puns in...

    2. January 24, 2014

      A feast for the eyes

      I was walking in thin drizzle through Village Saint Paul, a small and ancient cluster of antiques shops in the Marais in...

    3. August 13, 2013

      Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK – review

      As a teenager, Eduardo Paolozzi confronted the reality of death with shocking immediacy. Born in Edinburgh in 1924, he was...

    4. July 1, 2013

      Let Croatia lead the Balkans into the EU

      James Joyce wrote that “history is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake”. Twenty years ago, Croatians lived that...

    5. February 8, 2013

      The Diary: William Dalrymple

      To Jaipur, where I help direct the annual literature festival. Eight years ago I gave a reading in Diggi Palace, a beautiful...

    6. December 7, 2012

      John Joe Nevin, the hero of Mullingar

      The Hero of Mullingar arrives at the Newbury Hotel, up by the railway station, at one end of what James Joyce described as...

    7. April 26, 2012

      Great moment is far from Close

      At a certain point in their careers most stars go nuts over a certain part, long-fostering a project as it batters upwind of...

    8. October 28, 2011

      Why Attenborough and Fry are poles apart

      The return of David Attenborough – not that he ever goes away for long – is a cause for celebration. He has an exemplary...

    9. August 19, 2011

      House of Holes

      From the beginning of his career, the US novelist Nicholson Baker made it obvious that he was gripped by the detritus of...

    10. March 22, 2011

      The difficult balance of intellectual property

      Intellectual property law must strike a difficult balance. There is public benefit from the widest possible access to and...

    11. March 21, 2011

      Five Bells

      Five Bells, by Gail Jones, Harvill Secker, RRP£16.99, 224 pages Every other novel published today claims to be about “memory...

    12. March 18, 2011

      An indefinite future for the definite article

      The season for hyperactive gardening is off to a good start in the UK with clear, sunny intervals and some magical days...

    13. March 11, 2011

      Home is where the art is

      I grew up in the small, dull Dutch town of Leiden. As a child I vaguely knew that Rembrandt had grown up within a mile of my...

    14. February 26, 2011

      Small talk: Joseph O’Connor

      Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin in 1963 and worked as a journalist before devoting himself to novel-writing. His debut,...

    15. January 21, 2011

      Small talk: Neil Jordan

      Novelist and film director Neil Jordan was born in Ireland in 1950. A graduate of University College Dublin, he went on to...

    16. July 19, 2010

      Newman’s Unquiet Grave

      Newman’s Unquiet Grave, by John Cornwell, Continuum, RRP£18.99, 272 pages The beatification of Victorian churchman John...

    17. March 20, 2010

      Small Talk: Milton Hatoum

      Milton Hatoum, 57, grew up in Manaus, Brazil, and has written four novels set in the Amazon region. He studied architecture...

    18. December 23, 2009

      The joy of excess

      The Infinity of Lists: From Homer to James Joyce By Umberto Eco Quercus £35, 408 pages FT Bookshop price: £28 You know how...

    19. August 8, 2009

      Small Talk: Adam Thirlwell

      Adam Thirlwell, 30, was named as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists even before his 2003 debut novel Politics hit...

    20. May 23, 2009

      Feast on Joyce’s fiction rather than his family

      From Ms Lorna Brazell. Sir, The estate of James Joyce regretted not having had the opportunity to comment on the article...

    21. April 4, 2009

      Irresistible charm of snotgreen sea

      From Mr Paul Kelly. Sir, Margaret McCartney (“In praise of wild swimming”, March 21) is not the first to promote the...

    22. April 1, 2009

      From the fat cats to long tails: when all is not normal

      Like many people, I found James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses , tough going. So I am full of admiration for George Zipf, who...

    23. February 28, 2009

      The Russian Linesman

      Hayward Gallery, London SE1 As art becomes more about concepts and less about making, is there a difference between artist...

    24. February 7, 2009

      The past is a foreign country

      What does it mean to be contemporary? Surely that’s obvious: it means to be up-to-date, the opposite of stuffy or...

    25. December 13, 2008

      Challenged by the long read

      James Joyce said that as Finnegans Wake had taken him 17 years to write, the reader should not begrudge devoting the same...

    26. November 1, 2008

      Ring bound

      Dear Book Doctor, My boyfriend of five years won't commit to marrying me. I am 35. Should I give him an ultimatum? HA,...

    27. July 12, 2008

      Visual arts - Jackie Wullschlager

      Paths to Fame: Turner Watercolours Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery, Grasmere The first full display of the Courtauld...

    28. April 26, 2008

      Small talk - David Lodge

      David Lodge has followed his twin pursuits as a literary critic and comic novelist for more than half a century. Now 73, he...

    29. April 23, 2008

      All about our mothers

      James Joyce described his short story collection Dubliners as having been deliberately written in a style of "scrupulous...

    30. April 22, 2008

      All about our mothers

      Small Change Donmar Warehouse, London James Joyce described his short story collection Dubliners as having been deliberately...

    31. March 1, 2008

      A sea change we must all fear

      "The time has come," the Walrus said,/ "To talk of many things:/ Of shoes - and ships - and sealing wax -/ Of cabbages -...

    32. March 1, 2008

      A sea change we must all fear

      “The time has come,” the Walrus said,/ “To talk of many things:/ Of shoes – and ships – and sealing wax –/ Of cabbages – and...

    33. January 12, 2008

      Small Talk - Jeffrey Eugenides

      Jeffrey Eugenides, 47, was born in Detroit, Michigan. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published in 1993, and...

    34. December 15, 2007

      Rose-tinted life

      I can exclusively reveal the title of Umberto's Eco's next novel. It will be called The Last Night of Napoleon. Or...

    35. December 15, 2007

      The mod squad

      Ezra Pound: Poet, A Portrait of the Man and His WorkVolume 1 – The Young Genius, 1885-1920 By A. David Moody Oxford...

    36. December 14, 2007

      Lunch with the FT: Umberto Eco

      I can exclusively reveal the title of Umberto Eco’s next novel. It will be called The Last Night of Napoleon. Or Copericu’s...

    37. November 24, 2007

      Mind your language

      Books Are authors such as Flaubert, Joyce and Pushkin best read in their native tongue? A fascinating new book considers...

    38. October 12, 2007

      Orinoco flows with primordial force

      Haunted by incessant warnings of global catastrophe, we could be tempted to regard the world’s big rivers solely as sites...

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