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    Review: “The Last Days of Jack Sparks” by Jason Arnopp

    Rick O’Shea reviews “The Last Days of Jack Sparks” by Jason Arnopp, a thriller written from the notes the fictional pop culture journalist Jack Sparks left after his death and compiled by his brother trying to establish how his brother died (published by Orbit)

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    Special 1916 edition of The Stinging Fly

    Guest editor Sean O’Reilly and writer Evelyn Conlon explain the latest special edition of The Stinging Fly – “In The Wake Of The Rising” where 40 writers were asked to respond to the principles in the 1916 Proclamation

    Full details:  www.stingingfly.org   

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    "The Maker of Swans" by Paraic O'Donnell

    Paraic O’Donnell talks about his debut novel “The Maker of Swans”, the story of three characters living in a mysterious world coping with a drama that comes into their lives (published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson)

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    Review: "Avenue of Mysteries" by John Irving

    Yvonne Nolan reviews “Avenue of Mysteries” by John Irving , about an ageing creative writing professor reflecting on his childhood in Mexico, his mind-reading sister and a Jesuit orphanage (published by Simon & Schuster)

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    Review: “Paulina & Fran” by Rachel B Glaser

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “Paulina & Fran” by Rachel B Glaser, a debut novel about the friendship between two girls from New England who meet at art school (published by Granta)

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    "Citizens" by Kevin Curran

    Kevin Curran chats about his latest novel “Citizens”, the story of two Dublin men who live a century apart - 1916 and 2011 (published by Liberties Press)

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    "Paper Cuts" by Colin Bateman

    Colin Bateman talks about his latest novel “Paper Cuts”, the story of a journalist returning home to Bangor from London and taking over the running of the local newspaper The Bangor Express (published by Head of Zeus)

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    Review: “The Narrow Bed” by Sophie Hannah

    Arlene Hunt reviews “The Narrow Bed” by Sophie Hannah, about a comedienne who discovers her grandmother may have been murdered by the serial killer Billy No-Mates (published by Hodder & Staughton)

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