Colm Tóibín portrays author Thomas Mann in The Magician: ‘Superb characterisation’ | Books | Entertainment

Mann had made his name by his mid-twenties with Buddenbrooks, a kind of German Forsyte Saga, and plenty more literary successes followed. He was 29 when he married in 1905, although his wife Katia almost certainly realised his inclinations were homosexual. Still, she bore him six children, and she managed his life so that he could indulge his More...

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By dailyreport On Saturday, September 25th, 2021

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr: A timeless tale | Books | Entertainment

It's a subject he's eminently qualified to write about as his previous novel, the heartstring-tugging Second World War saga All The Light We Cannot See (2014), has brightened countless readers' lives and is More...

By dailyreport On Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Father’s Salmon Fishing In The Yemen novel inspired Paul Torday to become a writer | Books | Entertainment

Paul Torday’s debut novel Salmon Fishing In The Yemen was published in 2007 (Image: Colin McPherson/Getty) Late-blooming author Paul Torday was always amused when, following the success of his bestselling More...

By dailyreport On Monday, September 20th, 2021

From children’s author to Queen of the Road… Writer on becoming a lorry driver | Books | Entertainment

Children’s author Gillian Philip behind the wheel at MLG Transport, in Forres, Moray (Image: Michal Wachucik/Abermedia) The death of my husband Ian last year following a long and distressing illness, coupled More...

By dailyreport On Saturday, September 18th, 2021

Bob Mortimer is a reluctant comedy hero | Books | Entertainment

Bob's exuberantly surreal true stories of his younger days give the impression of a popular chap enjoying mischief and mayhem with a gang of loyal friends but, as he explains in his fascinating and often poignant More...

By dailyreport On Friday, September 17th, 2021

Undercover on the trail of the real Villanelles | Books | Entertainment

DRAMA: Jodie Comer as TV assassin Villanelle (Image: ) The phone in my hand buzzed like an angry wasp. I was sitting in an unmarked police car in a north London side street, across from a bustling café. More...

By dailyreport On Thursday, September 16th, 2021

30 years of understanding the famous from Lauren Bacall to Ronnie Corbett | Books | Entertainment

Lauren Bacall insisted on reminiscing about long departed husband Humphrey Bogart (Image: Silver Screen Collection/Getty) Stardom is a fragile and possibly preposterous state of being. “Not a profession,” More...

By dailyreport On Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

James Dyson reveals how he gambled his house on revolutionary vacuum cleaner design | Books | Entertainment

James Dyson with one of his handheld vacuums (Image: Franziska Krug/Getty ) The country was mired in a deep and ugly recession in early 1992 when I began looking for money to start manufacturing what would More...

By dailyreport On Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Ian Rankin: How the frustrations of being a special needs parent fuel his writing | Books | Entertainment

Crime author Ian Rankin (Image: PA Images) Though he tends to stay out of politics, Ian, 61, joined broadcaster Jo Whiley, whose sister Frances has a learning disability, in raising fears that vulnerable More...

By dailyreport On Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Sally Rooney’s return… This time, dreaming of a better world | Books | Entertainment

Alice is a feted novelist whose success drove her to a nervous breakdown so she has abandoned Dublin for a quiet seaside town. Two worlds collide when she embarks upon a tentative and often fraught relationship More...


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