Teenagers turn their hand to banking in Emma Quigley’s debut novel, which captures the complications of adolescence in dialogue that fizzes with energy.
A History of Working-Class Writing, Reviewed
When writers produce material that incorporates or is influenced by their own working-class background, it seems they still face an uphill battle to be recognised, writes Daniel Seery.
The New Urban Crisis, Reviewed
Richard Florida, author of 2002’s “The Rise of the Creative Class”, is back with a follow-up that looks at soaring housing prices in the world’s most successful cities, and offers some solutions.
How to Be Massive, Reviewed
Aoife Dooley’s new book is “an astutely observed, funny and at times touching comic of social history”, writes Sophia Vigne Welsh.
Sam Coll, on Building His Abode of Fancy
It’s taken eight years for Sam Coll’s verbose debut novel to be published.
Edge of Heaven, Reviewed
In this video, writer Dave Lordan reviews the sci-fi novel “Edge of Heaven” by R.B. Kelly, published in Dublin by Liberties Press.
Vertigo by Joanna Walsh, Reviewed
Are these short stories, or 14 episodes culminating in one vertiginous mindscape? Author Elske Rahill reviews the latest collection from Joanna Walsh.
The Changing Shape of Irish Pride: Fallen by Lia Mills, Reviewed
Chosen as this year’s One City, One Book selection for both Dublin and Belfast, this novel follows everywoman Katie and her everyman twin brother Liam through the Rising.
Black Rose Days by Martin Malone, Reviewed
This is more a portrait of a murder victim than a mystery in the conventional sense, which is likely to divide readers.
Children's Children by Jan Carson, Reviewed
In this short-story collection, Carson uses fantasy as a tool for getting at those truths that facts are too blunt for.
Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan, Reviewed
Sullivan’s latest young-adult novel doesn’t just tread dark waters, it dives right in. A multilayered mindscape, it pulls the reader deep into the character’s world, writes reviewer Elske Rahill.
The Uninvited by Dorothy Macardle, Reviewed
An unnerving page-turner about lost voices, there could be no more timely reissue of this fantastic novel, writes Elske Rahill.
Insect Literature by Lafcadio Hearn, Reviewed
This eclectic bundle of essays, translations, myths and folktales, is all tied together by one unlikely theme.
Muslims in Ireland: Past and Present, Reviewed
If you want to understand the complex identities, origins, and beliefs of Ireland’s Muslims, and their contributions to the country throughout history, start with this book.
Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Danielle McLaughlin, Reviewed
Fractured family relationships form the heart of this debut collection, eleven short stories shot through with moments of sadness, longing, and resignation.
Purity by Jonathan Franzen, Reviewed (with Podcast)
If there was a genetic difference between Europeans and Americans, we could certainly cry racist, as “Purity” contains all the signifiers of a master-race narrative.
We Don't Know What We're Doing by Thomas Morris, Reviewed
The characters in Thomas Morris’s debut collection of short stories may not know what they’re doing, but luckily for us, their author does.
The Blue Guitar by John Banville, Reviewed
What saves the reader from growing impatient, even irritable, at the narrator’s self-serving and not entirely reliable ramblings is the writing.
The Weightless World by Anthony Trevelyan, Reviewed
The real power of this book is in the juxtaposition of supreme scientific advancement with a shortfall of basic human necessities.
The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray, Reviewed
I sat down to read The Mark and the Void with evil glee, twirling my writerly moustache with one hand and my blue pencil with the other. I had the first paragraph worked out before I’d even read the book.
The Unfortunate Fursey, Reviewed
It is not just on a point of principle that an Irish reissue is important – The Unfortunate Fursey is an extremely readable, entertaining and pertinent novel.
Here's Me Here by Glenn Patterson, Reviewed
With so much history happening around him, Patterson will never be stuck for words, and that benefits all of us.
Eggshells by Caitriona Lally, Reviewed
Engaging and humorous, this debut novel brings Dublin’s streets to life through an unusual and poignant character.