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    "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

    Sinead Gleeson takes a fresh look at the novel “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin, which caused controversy when published in 1899 because of its frank portrayal of a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage (new edition published by Canongate)

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    Colin Barrett, award-winning author

    Colin Barrett reacts to announcement he is the winner of this year’s Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for his short story collection “Young Skins” (published by The Stinging Fly)

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    Philip Larkin biography

    James Booth on his biography of former colleague “Philip Larkin: Life, Art & Love”, which aims to re-assess Larkin's much-criticised personal life (published by Bloomsbury)

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    Amy Bloom, author

    Amy Bloom talks about her novel “Lucky Us”, the story of Iris and Eva who are half-sisters trying to bond when they move to Hollywood so one can be a star (published by Granta)

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    Classic Read - Nightwood by Djuna Barnes

    Everyone has the book that they consider a classic...from ‘Bleak House’ to ‘Catch 22’ and everything in between.   These are books that speak across the generations and deserve a place on every book shelf.

    In the first of an occasional series, we’ve asked Yvonne Nolan to nominate her choice for a classic read.....

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    Book Review: Acceptance by Jan VanderMeer

    Award-winning author Jeff VanderMeer is highly regarded in the field of fantasy writing and he has just published the third book in his latest trilogy, known as the Southern Reach trilogy. The book is called Acceptance and Jeff is here to discuss it with me now...

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    Book Review: The Dog

    Cork born writer Joseph O'Neill came to prominence with the 2008 novel 'Netherland' which was long-listed for the Man Booker prize. His follow-up novel, 'The Dog' has also made this year's longlist... Sinéad Gleeson has read it for us

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    Book: J by Howard Jacobson

    Howard Jacobson is a Man Booker prize-winning British author and journalist. He is best known for writing comic novels that often revolve around the dilemmas of British Jewish characters.

    His books include The Mighty Walzer (1999), winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; Kalooki Nights (2006), longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; and The Finkler Question (2010), winner of the Man Booker Prize.

    His most recent, J, is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.

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    Book Review: The Paying Guests

    The Paying Guests is the 6th novel from the British author Sarah Waters. Set in London in the 1920s it focuses on the change in society and women’s independence after the Great War. Edel Coffey has been reading it for us.

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