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May 27, 2021

From social change to gender change - all bases are covered in this wide-ranging conversation with one of Ireland's most sparkling writers.

Lisa McInerney's The Glorious Heresies trilogy is a memorable take on a seamy slice of life. The latest and third novel is its riotous conclusion, The Rules of Revelation.

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May 13, 2021

A new collection of essays which reflect on the perils and compulsions of authorship, the vagaries of success and failure - and what counts as either.

Twenty-one contributors tell it like it really was. All of them came of age when equality legislation was being enacted in Ireland – often due to their activism.


Apr 28, 2021

At the age of 20, three months after meeting James Joyce, Nora Barnacle left everything she knew behind to share the adventure of a lifetime with him.

She was a maid in a Dublin hotel when they met, and he was a clever and ambitious young man who wanted to be a writer.

In 1904, they shipped out for mainland Europe, at...

Apr 15, 2021

“One of the brilliant things about books is that you can buy a book by the very best writers and if it still costs a tenner – it doesn’t cost any more than bad writing,” says Rónán Hession.

He's author of the 2021 One Dublin One Book choice Leonard and Hungry Paul. It's a quirky, thoughtful novel which makes...

Mar 25, 2021

John Banville, who has killed off his own Benjamin Black pen name, is disturbed by explicit depictions of violence in popular culture.

He warns that people are constantly bombarded with graphic images. “There has to be more violence, more shock, more terror,” says the Booker Prize-winner, wondering where it will all...