I have always wanted to do this: to read, in tandem, the autobiography and biography of the same person. I managed it last weekend when I read, together, El Diego: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Footballer and Maradona: The Hand of God by Jimmy Burns. Read more

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I came to John McGahern after he had died in 2006, encouraged by English and Irish writer friends who admired his work very much. Read more

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If you are an admirer of the Impressionist painters (that motley group of visionary artists who broke all the rules and redefined the notion of painting in the second half of the 19th century), this is a huge year. Read more

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