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Ireland’s underbelly sliced open

Traumatised souls. Murderous housewives. Wise-cracking hitmen. Bloody revenge. It’s all there in this excellent collection of short stories from Irish crime writers.     Review: Trouble Is Our Business Edited by Declan Burke New Island, €19.95 Hardback   Búla bos … Continue reading

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Around the Blocks of 2016

Does it happen to you that you can’t remember the books you read in the last year? Okay, you might know the more recent ones, but, whether it is advancing age or what, I’m having to scan various shelves and … Continue reading

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The Blocks

    I first came across Karl Parkinson listening to Arena one night, around a year or so ago. As far as I can remember, he read the Prologue from his then forthcoming book The Blocks and another chapter, which … Continue reading

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Death at Whitewater Church

The bracing weather imbues the physical landscape of the Inishowen Peninsula with an “eerie, otherwordly quality”. That’s what Andrea Carter’s narrator tells us at the start of Death At Whitewater Church. But really, it’s the mental landscape of the reader that Carter … Continue reading

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The Thing about Donal Ryan

It’s great when you meet someone you admire and they don’t let you down. Not only did Donal Ryan not let people down when he spoke at the http://www.writerscentre.ie/ last Saturday, but he came across as such a normal, nice person, unburdened … Continue reading

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Finding Solace in 2013

I envy people who fly through books, devouring them in digestion-inducing feasts. Some clock up a small library in a year. I’m a slow reader, I am. Part of the problem with this is that novels need to be read … Continue reading

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Spinning a yarn

I saw this slim fella on the bottom shelf of the new release section in Dubray Books on Grafton Street last December. At the time I was browsing for a book for my wife for Christmas. I remember reading the … Continue reading

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