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    "The Japanese Lover" by Isabel Allende

    Isabel Allende chats about her latest novel “The Japanese Lover”, set in an old folks home where one old lady – Alma – tells about her life as a Polish refugee in America during World War II and her secret love with a Japanese boy (published by Scribener)


    New literary magazine "Freeman's"

    Sinead Gleeson reviews the new bi-annual literary magazine/anthology of new writing “Freeman’s”, established by editor John Freeman (former editor-in-chief of Granta)


    "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)


    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)


    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.


    “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)


    "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)


    "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)

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