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'Publishers wanted me to turn my mother into a man' - Tiffany McDaniel -- There is a scene in Tiffany McDaniel's new novel Betty that stands out for its complex, nuanced portrayal of trauma. A mother, Alka, pins her nine-year-old daughter to a bed and re-enacts over the child's clothes the sensation of being raped by her father when she herself was a young girl. Reading the scene, we immediately identify with Betty, the book's narrator, as her damaged, depressed mother passes the legacy of abuse on to the next generation.

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Normal People star Paul Mescal to appear in Rolling Stones music video -- Normal People star Paul Mescal will appear in a music video for the Rolling Stones, the band has confirmed.

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Is keeping up getting more difficult for the Kardashians?

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From silly sharks to sublime film festivals - the week's new releases

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Music - 'I lost my home, the venues, everything... I lived on a boat on a canal. It was great'

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Comment - Premium - Kathleen MacMahon - Opinion - I can't put a date on the moment I lost my taste for tragedy

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Book News -- Booker Prize nominee Colum McCann focused on breaking down barriers - one word at a time

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Entertainment -- 'In the creative field... you need that affirmation'

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Mitchell puts an otherworldly spin on the carnival of Sixties rock 'n' roll

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Fresh perspectives on life and death across the century

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TV Reviews -- John Boland's week in TV: A Suitable Boy is no jewel in the crown of BBC drama

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TV News -- In Pictures: Normal People stars Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones arrive at this year's BAFTA Awards

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David Geraghty performs stunning home concert to kick off Bank Holiday weekend

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Derry Girls star Saoirse Monica Jackson reads extract from new spin-off book 'Erin's Diary' written by Lisa McGee

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Amber Heard gives statement on last day of 'painful' Johnny Depp libel case

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Ivan Yates thanks Newstalk as he hangs up his microphone

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Sophie Turner in profile

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Music Reviews - Premium - A Hero's Death review: Time to start believing the hype as Fontaines DC confirm themselves as the real deal - HYPE can do terrible things to young bands. Even before they released their debut album, Dogrel, last year, one might have worried that Fontaines DC would drown under the waves of expectation. And then the album emerged and it hoovered up the sort of critical plaudits that any band might dream of, let alone an Irish group who had only been together a couple of years. Their frenetic shows demonstrated that they were just as compelling outside the studio.

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Féile 95: When Britpop came to Cork -- Summer 1995 was a glorious time to be young and obsessed with music. Especially if you lived in Cork, to which the Féile festival was about to decamp after a spell in Thurles. It had already been a year of highlights. Björk had brought her Post Tour to City Hall four weeks previously (because of a curfew, she could not perform an encore but promised to return). And then many of us had taken the long journey north for the definitive Gen X edition of Slane: REM supported by Oasis and Belly.

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Speed demon: Unhinged Russell Crowe's road rage thriller is a wild ride -- In the 2002 movie Changing Lanes, two strangers (Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson) became embroiled in a petty and violent tit-for-tat war after a minor collision on the freeway. Things got pretty nasty, but that film is a Disney princess movie next to Unhinged, a funny, shlocky and gratuitously nasty thriller that offers an object lesson on the value of driver courtesy.

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Movies - Premium - Russell Crowe: A lone iconoclast in an age of deadly dull stars, there's fight left in the gladiator yet - Russell Crowe is at his most operatically unpleasant in his new film, Unhinged, which opened in cinemas yesterday. In a case of extreme road rage, he plays an unnamed, economically downtrodden man who takes sufficient exception to being cut up in traffic by a well-heeled woman (Caren Pistorius) that he embarks on a murderous rampage, trailing chaos and carnage in his wake.

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'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas would be difficult to publish today' - John Boyne reflects on how the literary landscape has changed in two decades -- Twenty years ago this week, my debut novel, The Thief of Time, arrived in bookshops. Since then, I've explored many diverse subjects in my books, from the Russian Revolution to the Holocaust to transgenderism, but it feels appropriate that I come full circle with my 12th novel, and 19th book, A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom, which begins in King Herod's Palestine and ends in a space station in 2080.

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A leap after Faith: George Michael and his war with Sony -- In August 1990, it seemed as though George Michael's boy band days were in the distant past. Wham! may have been a chart sensation, but as a solo star he had flown further than even his most devoted fans could have imagined.

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Theatre & Arts - Premium - Innovation and evolution: 10 playlets for lockdown theatre - Resourceful director Jim Culleton and the crew from Fishamble: the New Play Company have responded with imagination to the lockdown. Like other theatre makers around the world, they are squeezing the artform into a new, rather awkward, online shoe. But the result is an unmistakably theatrical show, albeit in this strange screen-bound form.

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Music News - Premium - Face the music: The end is nigh for pop and rock mags

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Drama kings: There's a reason why the best TV shows avoid happy endings

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A clifftop Ferrari crash, an affair and a mental unravelling - the bizarre troubles that plagued Ryan's Daughter

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How Michael Powell's masterpiece Peeping Tom destroyed his career

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Hot novels: 10 classic books that define summer

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'Two days after I delivered my last draft, the WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic' - Emma Donoghue's timely new novel is set in Ireland during Spanish Flu outbreak

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Trump niece delivers a ruthless portrait of family dysfunction writ large in embarrassing detail

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