Books

Thursday 14th April

"Twisted River" by Siobhan MacDonald

Siobhan MacDonald reads an extract from her forthcoming debut novel “Twisted River” (published by Canelo Books)

Tuesday 12th April

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - 2016 shortlist

Kay Sheehy reviews the novels on the shortlist for the 2016 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award -

'Academy Street' by Mary Costello

'Our Lady of the Nile' by Scolastique Mukasonga

'The End of Days' by Jenny Erpenbeck

'Outlaws' by Javier Cercas’

'Diary of the Fall' by Michel Laub

'A Short History of Seven Killings' by Marlon James

'Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?' by David Eggers

'Dept. of Speculation' by Jenny Offill

'Family Life' by Akhil Sharma

'Lila' by Marilynne Robertson

Monday 11th April

Review: “When I Was Old” by Georges Simenon

Anthony Thuillier reviews “When I Was Old” by Georges Simenon, a collection of autobiographical notebooks by the creator of Detective Inspector Maigret (published by Penguin)

Thursday 7th April

"Mexican Hooker #1" by Carmen Aguirre

Chilean writer Carmen Aguirre talks about her memoir “Mexican Hooker #1”, the harrowing and honest story of her life as a victim of child rape, an actress, playwright and author (published by Portobello Books)

Review: “Kill 'Em & Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown” by James McBride

Róisín Dwyer reviews a new biography of the godfather of soul James Brown – “Kill 'Em & Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown” by James McBride (published by Wiedenfeld and Nicolson)

Wednesday 6th April

Review: "Maestra" by L.S. Hilton

Declan Burke and Arlene Hunt review “Maestra” by L.S. Hilton, an erotic thriller about a young art worker travelling across Europe searching for the truth about a fraud at her London auction house, combined with lots of murder and graphic sex (published by Zaffre)

Tuesday 5th April

"Colours Other Than Blue" by Anthony Glavin

Anthony Glavin talks about his latest novel "Colours Other Than Blue", the story of a woman writing her diaries which helps her come to terms with the difficult relationship with her mother (published by Ward River Press)

Monday 4th April

Review: "Hot Milk" by Deborah Levy

Sinead Gleeson reviews “Hot Milk” by Deborah Levy, the story of a woman who goes to a Spanish clinic to find out what is wrong with her legs, taking her daughter/carer with her (published by Hamish Hamilton)

Friday 1st April

Review: "The Drowned Detective" by Neil Jordan

Eithne Shorthall reviews “The Drowned Detective” by Neil Jordan, set in an unnamed eastern European city where an Englishman who has moved there with his wife sets up a private detective agency and is hired to find a missing child (published by Bloomsbury)

Wednesday 30th March

"Bishop's Delight" by Patrick McGinley

Patrick McGinley chats about his novel “Bishop’s Delight”, a crime thriller about a disappearance of the Taoiseach and the attempts by a political journalist to find out what has happened to his friend (published by New Island Books)

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