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    Review: "Tender" by Belinda McKeon

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “Tender”, the second novel by Belinda McKeon. It is set in Ireland in the late 1990’s and centres on the friendship between a student Catherine and her friend James and what happens when friendship turns into something more for one of them (published by Picador)


    "All That I Leave Behind" by Alison Walsh

    Alison Walsh talks about her novel “All That I Leave Behind” , the story of the long-term emotional and psychological effects of a mother’s act of abandoning her four children and focusing on each of their five points-of-view (published by Hachette Books Ireland)


    "Tanglewood" by Dermot Bolger

    Dermot Bolger talks about his latest novel “Tanglewood”, set in Blackrock, Dublin in 2007 it charts the relationships of two marriages during the boom and bust of Celtic Tiger Ireland (published by New Island), he also talks about the poem he was commissioned to write to celebrate 300 years of the Mansion House



    Review: "God Help The Child" by Toni Morrison

    Yvonne Nolan reviews “God Help The Child” by Toni Morrison, which address issues of racism within the black community and the impact of childhood trauma (published by Chatto & Windus)


    IMPAC shortlist - "TransAtlantic" by Colum McCann

    Kay Sheehy with the sixth review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “TransAtlantic” by Colum McCann, a fictional family of inter-generational women set against the backdrop of three historic Irish journeys (Atlantic crossing by Alcock and Brown in 1919,1845 anti slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass lectures in Cork and in 1998 George Mitchell helps broker the Good Friday Agreement) (published by Random House)


    "One Life" by Kate Grenville

    Kate Grenville talks about her latest book “One Life”, the story of her mother Nancy’s life (published by Canongate)


    Publishers and new technology

    Evelyn O’Rourke spoke to Sarah Hodgson, editor of publisher Harper Collins about how they have adapted to new technology and the e-book side of their crime/thriller publishing business - Killer Reads; she also spoke to Irish writer Sheena Lambert about how she is taking the e-book direction in getting her work published

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