“The book was funny. It was very funny. There weren’t jokes, but it just made me laugh,” writes our 11-year-old reviewer.
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.
Trevor White’s new biography of Alfred Byrne tells the story of “the most popular Dublin-born politician of the twentieth century”, in all his complexity, writes historian Donal Fallon.
Roddy Doyle’s latest novel has the pitch-perfect dialogue and quiet moments of genius that mark his other works. However, it stumbles, and ultimately collapses, writes Sean Farrell.
In White Ink, Reviewed
Many of the themes Elske Rahill tackled in her debut novel Between Dog and Wolf – relationships, fertility, sexuality, motherhood – are once again present in her new short-story collection In White Ink, writes Jan Carson.
Conversations with Friends, Reviewed
Sally Rooney’s novel is an utterly authentic tale of twenty-somethings struggling to negotiate the terms of their adulthood.
How to Kill a City, Reviewed
In this book, which offers lessons for Dublin, Peter Moskowitz looks at the growing inequality of American cities – and how planning and housing policies have pushed aside the poorest.
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.
Once We Sang Like Other Men, Reviewed
This book of short stories is the work of a seasoned writer, but also one who seems to doubt the value of his craft, our reviewer writes.
Orange Horses, Reviewed
With the third of their Recovered Voices series, Tramp Press has brought us back a true literary treasure, writes Elske Rahill.
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.
Dublin: the Heart of the City, Reviewed
Documenting life of the north inner city docklands in text and photographs, this is a fine historical document, with a few nice literary touches, writes Karl Parkinson.
To Win Some Book Awards, Publishers Have to Pay
The publisher of a book that wins a Costa Book Award category must pay £4,000, and if it wins book of the year too, that’s a further £5,000.
Selected as the Irish entry for the 88th Academy Awards, Paddy Breathnach’s film explores familial relationships, sexuality and machismo in Havana, Cuba.
The Hierophants by Oisín Fagan, Reviewed
Winner of the Penny Dreadful Novella Prize in 2016, and published by Dreadful Press, this novella unfolds at a frenetic pace and is teeming with ideas.
The Springs of Affection by Maeve Brennan, Reviewed
Like someone scratching steadily at a dull, tarnished surface, Brennan reveals, without ceremony, bright glints of what lies beneath. Suddenly the reader is confronted with the terror of isolation that comes with being human.
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.
Dublin Strolls by Gregory and Audrey Bracken, Reviewed
We are fortunate that Dublin is such a walkable city so far as capitals go, writes Emma Gilleece. What better way to enjoy it than with this handy-sized book of architectural strolls?
Dublin Seven by Frankie Gaffney, Reviewed
Gaffney’s uncompromisingly accurate depiction of Dublin’s underbelly in the noughties adds greatly to the story, but there is no nostalgia here, only an attempt to capture its dirty, dark charisma.
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin, Reviewed
Berlin’s stories have a power and rhythm of their own, a companionable force that takes the reader jovially by the hand and tightens to a painful grip.
Freedom's Child by Jax Miller, Reviewed
One weekend after author Jax Miller finished writing it, Harper Collins reportedly paid a six-figure sum for Freedom’s Child. Did the publisher get its money’s worth?