I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

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The Gift

Howard Jacobson on what he got from his Mancunian Jewish upbringing

A Tonic for Our Times

Margaret Atwood’s astute, sparkling takes on social and literary matters

A Stay of Time

A tale of quest full of gritty realism, related in Sara Baume’s electric prose

High Bred Yet Hybrid

A novelistic recreation of the life of the co-author of ‘The Irish RM’

Where Art Happens

Novelist and critic: the book review as potential art form in itself

Back to the Future

A magical realist lens on the life of the loyalist village of ‘Ballylack’

Only Connect

Timothy Morton and Dermot Healy on the end of hierarchies in nature

Thinking with Theatre

The development of Yeats’s theatre from words to choreography

Understanding the Bards

A fourteenth-century bardic poet and patronage in medieval Ireland

The Mystery of Moll

Linguistic paradoxes and the evasion of identity in ‘Moll Flanders’