Books

Thursday 29th October

"The Little Red Chairs" by Edna O'Brien

Edna O’Brien talks about her latest novel “The Little Red Chairs”, the story of a wanted war criminal from the Balkans, masquerading as a faith healer, who settles in a small west coast Irish village where one woman falls under his spell (published by Faber & Faber)

Wednesday 28th October

Review: "Beatlebone" by Kevin Barry

Eithne Shortall reviews the novel “Beatlebone” by Kevin Barry, an imagining of what would have happened if, stuck for inspiration in the 1970s, John Lennon decided to travel to Dorinish Island off the coast of Mayo, the island he bought in 1967 (published by Canongate)

Tuesday 20th October

List of the Lost

Alan Corr of RTE Ten reviews Morrissey's new book List of the Lost which marks his first venture into the world of fiction. 

Set in 1970s America, it focuses on a relay track team in Seventies America that is killed off one member at a time after encountering the devil incarnate.

Thursday 1st October

“Under Major Domo Minor" by Patrick deWitt

Canadian author Patrick deWitt explains his latest novel “Under Major Domo Minor”, a gothic fairy tale about Lucien/ Lucy Minor, a liar who takes a job at the Castle of Baron von Aux where he meets wily thieves and the love of his life (published by Granta)

Wednesday 30th September

"The Story Of The Lost Child" by Elena Ferrante

Yvonne Nolan with a profile of mysterious Italian writer known only by the pen name Elena Ferrante whose latest novel is “The Story Of The Lost Child” (published by Europa Editions)

Official website:  http://elenaferrante.com/ 

"The Heart Goes Last" by Margaret Atwood

Canadian author Margaret Atwood explains why she chose to write about a dystopian future in “The Heart Goes Last”, where a couple down on their luck sign up for a social experiment offering stability in exchange for giving up their freedom every second month (published by Bloomsbury)

Tuesday 29th September

"The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers" edited by Sinead Gleeson

Sinead Gleeson talks about how she chose the Irish writers to include in a new anthology of short stories - “The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers” (published by New Island Books)

"The Night Stages" by Jane Urquhart

Canadian author Jane Urquhart reads an extract from her latest novel “The Night Stages” (published by One World)

Monday 28th September

Review: "The Blue Guitar" by John Banville

Sinead Gleeson reviews “The Blue Guitar” by John Banville, the story of an artist named Oliver who stops making art and instead attempts to be a writer (published by Viking)

"Injection" graphic novels by Declan Shalvey

Declan Shalvey, artist/illustrator chats about the first instalment in his planned series of graphic novels “Injection” (published by Image Comics)

Further details:  https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/injection-1 

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