Bernard MacLaverty's last novel was the critically acclaimed Midwinter Break, shortlisted for the Booker Prize - he talks to RTÉ Arena above.

Blank Pages (published by Jonathan Cape) is his new short story collection, showcasing MacLaverty's trademark attention to detail, ease of language and sympathetic exploration of lonely lives.

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