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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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    IMPAC shortlist - "Burial Rites" by Hannah Kent

    Kay Sheehy with the tenth (and final) review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent, based around the story of Agnes Magnusdottir who was the last woman to be executed in Iceland (published by Little Brown)

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    IMPAC shortlist - "Brief Loves That Live Forever" by Andrei Makine

    Kay Sheehy with the ninth review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “Brief Loves That Live Forever” by Andrei Makine. As the dreary Brezhnev era in the Soviet Union gives way to Perestroika and the fall of Communism an orphan recalls fleeting moments that have never left him where lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the collective spirit (published by MacLehose Press)

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    IMPAC shortlist - "Harvest" by Jim Crace

    Kay Sheehy with the eighth review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “Harvest” by Jim Crace, set in a medieval English village as subsistence farming is forced to give way to wool production and a generation of peasant farmers are displaced (published by Picador)

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    "My Buried Life" by Doreen Finn

    Doreen Finn talks about her debut novel “My Buried Life”, the story of an embittered poet who, after returning to her native Dublin following the death of her estranged mother, must confront her family’s long-held secrets (published by New Island)

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