Wednesday 10th August

Review: “An Abbreviated Life” by Ariel Leve

Sarah Binchy reviews the memoir “An Abbreviated Life” by journalist Ariel Leve, her account of growing up with an absent father, an eccentric mother and no sense of a stable ...

Tuesday 9th August

Review: "You Will Know Me" by Megan Abbott

Arlene Hunt reviews “You Will Know Me” by Megan Abbott, a crime novel about an aspiring gymnast with her sights set on the Olympics until a violent death rocks the ...

Friday 5th August

Review: “Eleven Hours” by Pamela Erens

Yvonne Nolan reviews “Eleven Hours” by Pamela Erens, which takes place over the duration of the labour for the birth of a child and told from the point of view ...

Wednesday 3rd August

"Blood For Blood" by JM Smyth

JM Smyth talks about his second novel, the crime thriller “Blood For Blood”, about a man who swears to avenge the death of his twin brother when they were growing ...

Tuesday 2nd August

"The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Mary McGill looks at the classic novella “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the 2015 film version of which premieres on Netflix this week

Friday 29th July

Recommended paperbacks for the summer

Donal O’Donoghue with some recommended paperbacks for summer reading – “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen (published by Corsair), “Nothing On Earth” by Conor O’Callaghan (published by Doubleday Ireland), “The Last Days Of ...

Wednesday 27th July

Review: “The Unfortunate Englishman” by John Lawton

Declan Burke reviews “The Unfortunate Englishman” by John Lawton, featuring Joe Wilderness (a thief co-opted to work for MI6) who is trying to negotiate the swap of spies in Cold ...

Monday 25th July

Review: “I’m Not With The Band: A Writer’s Life Lost In Music” by Sylvia Patterson

Mary McGill reviews the book “I’m Not With The Band: A Writer’s Life Lost In Music”, a memoir by music journalist Sylvia Patterson spanning three decades from the 1980’s to ...

"Inextinguishable" by Lucy Caldwell

Lucy Caldwell reads an extract from her short story “Inextinguishable” (which features in her debut collection “Multitudes”) 

Friday 22nd July

Review: “Lying In Wait” by Liz Nugent

Declan Burke reviews “Lying In Wait” by Liz Nugent, a psychological thriller about the violent murder of a young woman and the repercussions on one Dublin family (published by Penguin Ireland)



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