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Daniel Mallory: ‘Without Gone Girl I’d never have written this book’

Last year, Daniel Mallory had one of those weeks that all first-time novelists fantasise about. Through an agent he had submitted his manuscript to several publishers and was about to take a short...

Bruised, bloody but unbowed: the songs of Shane MacGowan will outlast us all

“I believe in miracles,” Shane MacGowan said recently in response to a question about his religious beliefs from the Irish radio show host, Miriam O’Callaghan. “I’ve seen miracles happen in my life. It’s...

Saoirse Ronan: teen talent that grew into true stardom

Film stars frequently rise to their place in the showbusiness firmament trailing a glittering series of lead roles and fiery celebrity feuds behind them. Others, like Saoirse Ronan, appear there suddenly, twinkling down...

Brit awards nominations 2018: Dua Lipa beats Ed Sheeran with five

Dua Lipa, the breakthrough pop star who scored a huge summer hit with New Rules, has earned the most nominations at the 2018 Brit awards – even beating Ed Sheeran, despite his spectacular...

Liam Neeson says harassment allegations are now 'a witch-hunt'

Liam Neeson has described the wave of sexual misconduct allegations that have swept the entertainment industry as “a bit of a witch-hunt” and appeared to dismiss breast groping as “childhood stuff” in an...

Elif Shafak: ‘Nations don’t always learn from history’

When BBC Radio 4 asked to feature my novel The Bastard of Istanbul in its Reading Europe season this month, I found myself reflecting on the cultural and political journey that my motherland, Turkey,...

Frankenstein at 200 – why hasn't Mary Shelley been given the respect she deserves?

I became fascinated by Mary Shelley and her most famous novel because of her husband. Back in 2011, I found myself trying to make sense of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poetry. It was a...

David Letterman meets Barack Obama – has the talk show legend lost his edge?

In May 2015, David Letterman bowed out after 33 years of being America’s most irascible late-night television host. It was a grand affair. A who’s who of American pop culture were there: Steve...

Lobster review – young love needs more time in a heartfelt two-hander

Two women, known only as K and J, are introduced to each other at a party. But they already have history. As the pair stare at each other, frozen in time, is it...

‘A tipping point’: women writers pledge to boycott gender biased books after very male...

Irish women poets are rising up en masse against their repeated exclusion from literary history, signing a pledge of refusal to participate in anthologies, conferences and festivals in which the gender balance is...

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North Atlantic right whales on the brink of extinction, officials say

Officials with the US federal government say it is time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new...