Since his precise, potent and subtle portraits of Northern Irish life first came to public attention in the 1970s, Tom Paulin has been an unmissable writer on the contemporary poetry ...

A young man decides to visit Nigeria after years of absence. Ahead lies the difficult journey back to the family house and all its memories; meetings with childhood friends and ...

John Carey, English professor at Oxford, controversial commentator, book critic and beekeeper, reflects on a life immersed in literature, from grammar school beginnings to the Oxford establishment.

Best-known for his ...

Hugo Williams is rightly cherished for his inimitable fusion of autobiography and irony, and a technical glide that allows his writing to 'slip back to the past as effortlessly as ...

Hugo Williams is rightly cherished for his inimitable fusion of autobiography and irony, and a technical glide that allows his writing to 'slip back to the past as effortlessly as ...

Donald Bailey is sixteen. He can't forget the trouble that happened when he was eight and the police were called. His mother can't forget either and even leaving ...

The younger of Benjamin Britten's two sisters, Elizabeth ('Beth') Britten first published this loving and revealing portrait of their shared childhood in 1986. She evokes the Lowestoft upbringing of ...

'The school where I first met Cora Ravenwing was called Okington School, and I was just beginning to have real ideas and opinions of my own when I first went ...

First published in 1935, Eleanor Farjeon's A Nursery in the Nineties is one of the most striking accounts of childhood ever written: a testament to a happy and creative ...

In the aftermath of the massacre of a clan, an epic story of self-sacrifice and revenge unfolds as a young orphan discovers the shattering truth behind his childhood. Sometimes referred ...

Donald Bailey is sixteen. He can't forget the trouble that happened when he was eight and the police were called. His mother can't forget either and even leaving ...

Tom Paulin's first collection since The Road to Inver (2004), Love's Bonfire sets poems about early life and marriage alongside minutely registered perceptions of post-settlement Ireland, scanning the ...

Seamus Heaney's new collection starts 'in an age of bare hands and cast iron' and ends 'as the automatic lock / clunks shut' in the eerie new conditions of a ...

‘An unknown place.’ This was what Michael Frayn’s children called the shadowy landscape of the past from which their family had emerged. In this book he sets out to ...

‘After I had run away from school, no one knew what to do with me ...’

Born in Shanghai in 1915, son of a wealthy rubber merchant, Denton Welch was dispatched ...

In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live the only immediate signs of the Second World War are the blackout at night and a single random bombsite. But the ...

In his highly acclaimed novel Never Let Me Go , Kazuo Ishiguro ( The Remains of the Day ) created a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. In it he posed ...

Everybody expects the report to say they are a delight. They are very bright. They are pure as light. But they are small dogs, Headmistress. I must report what I ...

‘An unknown place.’ This was what Michael Frayn’s children called the shadowy landscape of the past from which their family had emerged. In this book he sets out to ...

‘An unknown place.’ This was what Michael Frayn’s children called the shadowy landscape of the past from which their family had emerged. In this book he sets out to ...

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