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    Review: "A God In Ruins" by Kate Atkinson

    Eithne Shortall reviews “A God In Ruins” by Kate Atkinson, a companion novel to her earlier “Life After Life” and the continuing story of the Todd family living in London in the early years of the 20th century (published by Doubleday)

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    Review: "The Water Knife" by Paolo Bacigalupi

    Rick O’Shea reviews “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi, a story set in the future in the southern US states where the effects of extreme climate change have made water the most precious of resources in a deeply divided society (published by Orbit)

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    Ben Okri, writer & poet

    British-Nigerian writer and poet Ben Okri talks about the things that inspire him   

    Festival website:  www.hayfestival.com

    Official website:  http://benokri.co.uk   

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    Review: "Killing Monica" by Candace Bushnell

    Anna Carey reviews “Killing Monica” by Candace Bushnell, the story of a writer trying to escape the shadow of the hugely-popular literary character that made her famous (published by Little Brown)

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    "The Night Stages" by Jane Urquhart

    Canadian author Jane Urquhart talks about her latest novel “The Night Stages”, set mainly in Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula during the 1940s and '50s, it’s the story of an English woman remembering her intense affair with a charismatic but troubled Irishman (published by One World)

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    Review: "Death and Mr Pickwick" by Stephen Jarvis

    Darragh Downes reviews “Death and Mr Pickwick” by Stephen Jarvis, how a Victorian illustrator Robert Seymour created the character Mr Pickwick in a series of illustrated sketches but his publisher handed over the writing of accompanying stories to a young man with the pename Boz – Charles Dickens (published by Jonathan Cape)

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    Latest in women's fiction

    Edel Coffey with a round-up of the latest in women's fiction –

    “The Long Hot Summer” by Kathleen McMahon (published by Sphere)

    “The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)” by Kate Winter (published by Little Brown)

    “The Secrets We Share” by Emma Hannigan (published by Hachette Books Ireland)

    “That Day In June” by Martina Reilly (published by Hachette Books Ireland)

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