James Joyce

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The 20-page rule: how much time should you give a devastatingly boring book?
Novelist Mark Billingham advises readers to angrily launch a book across the room after 20 non-gripping pages – but almost 40% of people will keep going right to the end

12, Oct, 2021 @1:36 PM

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Top 10 books about platonic friendships | Nikita Lalwani
From Doris Lessing to Dickens and John Irving, these tales show how passionate, intense and vital ‘just’ friendships can be

Nikita Lalwani

07, Jul, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Humour and humility to boot | Brief letters
Brief letters: Obituaries | Gareth Southgate | Letter writers’ ages | Jacob Rees-Mogg | Ulysses


18, Jun, 2021 @4:36 PM

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Irish battleship to fly Munster flag as part of Bloomsday celebrations
Annual celebration of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses will see dream of ‘citizen’ character played out for real

Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent

15, Jun, 2021 @4:09 PM

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Poem of the week: My Mother says No on Bloomsday by Mary O’Donnell
A daughter wonders whether her elderly mother’s reluctance to submit to her care might not be turning away from life, but affirming it

Carol Rumens

14, Jun, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Top 10 novels told in a single day | James Clammer
From James Joyce and Virginia Woolf to Nicholson Baker, the ‘circadian novel’ can pack lifetimes of experience into 24 hours

James Clammer

09, Jun, 2021 @12:30 PM

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‘Without books, we would not have made it’: Valeria Luiselli on the power of fiction
The Mexican author won the Dublin literary award last week for Lost Children Archive. She reflects on how reading and writing have helped her through the pandemic

Valeria Luiselli

29, May, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Will bad leadership on Covid go unpunished?
Letters: Don’t blame the UK’s Covid death toll on our rule-averse culture, writes Robert Webb. Philip Clayton fears the government’s blunders will be rewarded, while Adrian Paterson traces literary references to an earlier pandemic


02, Feb, 2021 @6:06 PM

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Shivering Dublin bay swimmers slighted for their 'fancy fleeces'
Choppy waters as clash of ‘newbie dryrobe types’ with ‘hardy’ bathers swells into debate on tribes and snobbery

Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent

25, Nov, 2020 @5:31 PM

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Controversial plans to develop James Joyce house into hostel approved
Plans to convert the Dublin home in Joyce’s 1914 story The Dead provoked a swift backlash from writers including Sally Rooney and Colm Tóibín

Sian Cain

19, Oct, 2020 @2:15 PM

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In brief: The Seduction; Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls; James and Nora – review
A brave memoir on love and addiction

Hannah Beckerman

21, Jun, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Bloomsday to Zoomsday: James Joyce celebration goes online
Locked down fans of Ulysses from Brazil to Canada and Ireland are finding ways to continue the annual events commemorating the novel

Alison Flood

15, Jun, 2020 @7:00 PM

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