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    Crime fiction

    Declan Burke with a review of the latest in crime writing -

    "The Black-Eyed Blonde" by Benjamin Black, published by Mantle

    "The Kept Girl" by Kim Cooper, published by Esotouric Ink

    "In The Rosary Garden" by Nicola White, published by Cargo Publishing

    "The Day Of The Dead" by Maurizio de Giovanni, published by Europa Editions

    "Irene" by Pierre Lamaitre, published by MacLehose

    "The Madness of July" by James Naughtie, published by Head of Zeus


    IMPAC shortlist

    Kay Sheehy on today's announcement of the 10 books that made the shortlist for this year's International IMPAC Literary Award - 'The Spinning Heart' by Donal Ryan, 'The Light of Amsterdam' by David Park, 'A Death In The Family' by Karl Ove Knausgaard, 'The Detour' by Gerbrand Bakker, 'The Garden of Evening Mists' by Tan Twan Eng, 'Questions of Travel' by Michelle de Kretser,  'The Sound of Things Falling' by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, 'Traveller of the Century' by Andres Newman, 'Three Strong Women' by Marie NDiaye and 'Absolution' by Patrick Flanery

    More information at


    Author interview

    Eleanor Catton, whose second novel "The Luminaries" won the Man Booker Prize last year.  It is published by Granta 


    Author interview

    Emma Hannigan talks about her latest novel "The Summer Guest", published by Hachette Ireland.  Her memoir "Talk To The Headscarf" chronicles her long-running battle with cancer

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    Book review

    Eibhear Walsh reviews "Arctic Summer", the latest novel from South African writer Damon Galgut, published by Atlantic Books


    Book Review

    Sinead Gleeson reviews "Kinder Than Solitude" by Chinese writer Yiyun Li - moving back and forth in time between America today and China in the 1990s, it is the story of three people whose lives are changed by a murder one of them may have committed

    For more information on the author see


    Gutter Bookshop

    Once a month, the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar hosts an extremely lively book club as part of a 'Get Active initiative for the active retired' .

    Evelyn O’Rourke went along to eavesdrop on the discussion.


    David Gilbert

    “& Sons” is the latest novel from New York writer David Gilbert. Himself a child of the elite upper East Side of Manhattan, Gilbert tells the story of AN Dyer, a famous author and his adult children,  The book is reviewed by Edel Coffey.

    David Gilbert’s novel “& sons” is published in hardback by Fourth Estate

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