Flann O'Brien

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The week in audio: The Exploding Library; Famous Firsts; Ry-Union; Bed of Lies
Flann O’Brien takes centre stage, while the latest round of celebrity ‘interviews’ are in need of a tough producer

Miranda Sawyer

27, Nov, 2021 @5:00 PM

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From Kafka to Gogol via Pynchon: top 10 absurd quests in fiction
From seeking how to stop being an ass to finding out where a month has gone missing, these stories are as weird as life

Joanna Kavenna

14, Aug, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Top 10 genre-twisting novels | Alan Trotter
From Cervantes’ warping of chivalric romance to Flann O’Brien’s narrative games, novelist Alan Trotter picks his favourite convention-smashing tales

Alan Trotter

13, Feb, 2019 @11:48 AM

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Top 10 Irish science fiction authors
It might not be the first country you associate with the genre, but from Jonathan Swift to Flann O’Brien and beyond, the future’s always been there

Jack Fennell

19, Dec, 2018 @11:00 AM

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'Women are better writers than men': novelist John Boyne sets the record straight
Male authors are always pronouncing their own brilliance – or boasting about not reading books by women. So, after a lifetime spent writing and attending literary festivals, John Boyne would like to get something off his chest …

John Boyne

12, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM

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On my radar: Brendan Gleeson’s cultural highlights
The star of Hampstead and Alone in Berlin on his Flann O’Brien obsession, the most thrilling piece of theatre he’s ever seen, and discovering Caravaggio

Interview by Kathryn Bromwich

02, Jul, 2017 @9:00 AM

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My hero: Flann O’Brien by John Banville
The author of the comic masterpiece At Swim-Two-Birds would have laughed at the notion of being anybody’s hero

John Banville

01, Apr, 2016 @9:00 AM

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Did the 100 best English language novels make enough room for the Irish?
Nine Irish authors made it into Robert McCrum’s selection of the best fiction of all time. But were they the right ones, and were there enough of them?

Claire Armitstead

21, Aug, 2015 @11:05 AM

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The 10 best books about cycling
From Beckett to HG Wells, Jon Day saddles up for the best biking in literature

Jon Day

10, Jul, 2015 @8:37 AM

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Two books about Irish journalism that tell the story of modern Ireland
An anthology of ‘hugely readable’ articles and a perceptive newspaper history

Roy Greenslade

18, Mar, 2015 @8:35 AM

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The 100 best novels: No 64 – At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien (1939)
Labyrinthine and multilayered, Flann O’Brien’s humorous debut is both a reflection on, and an exemplar of, the Irish novel, writes Robert McCrum

Robert McCrum

08, Dec, 2014 @5:45 AM

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Why I love … cycling
In the latest in our series about outdoor exercise, Peter Kimpton explains how bike and body can feel inextricably entwined

Peter Kimpton

19, Jun, 2014 @9:00 AM

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