Emma Donoghue, who once mockingly proclaimed herself “mostly known as the locked-up children writer”, returns after Room with this tale of religious hysteria set in a Catholic Irish backwater circa 1859.
McBride has devised a narrative so alarmingly akin to the warblings of the barely conscious mind that the book speaks more in the patterns and rhythms of thought than in words.
Launching this Friday 18th November in the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar, RIP Zine is the latest project from the team behind Junior magazine, photographers Ellius Grace, George Voronov and Nicholas Harpur proving – despite the name – that print is still alive. “The zine is very limited edition, read more…
Hypochondria, mothers and daughters, myth and Medusas: Deborah Levy’s beautiful novel, shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, is like a lucid dream.
As the collection builds, stories get told in wildly varied settings (and even genres), and Kleeman’s talents radiate.
The gulf between past and present becomes paper-thin in Madeleine Thien’s Man Booker shortlisted novel
Williams’ off-beat pieces feature a God who appears in everyday settings, from demolition derbies to the pharmacy, to mingle with humans in a world of random chaos and coincidence.
Readers anticipating more of the literary fireworks and postmodern magical realism that defined JSF’s first two books will be disappointed. Here I Am is a sharp departure in style.
Racial tension, religious turmoil, homophobia, AIDS: Tiffany McDaniel’s ambitious debut novel attempts to grapple with all the Big Themes.
If you like to emerge from a book feeling smart, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Instead, you might feel challenged, mortifyingly uninformed and determined to find out more
An indignant howl of rage at a system that teaches people not to think, not to engage.
Sarah Bakewell is a skilful storyteller, effortlessly placing examinations of existentialist books and lectures within their personal and historical contexts.
While it is Turner’s inspired construction of Ambrose that is the most memorable and successful element of the novel, the protagonist’s sheer lunacy makes this otherwise promising novel difficult to connect with.
Wegel shows how rituals of dating, sex and childbirth have always converged with gendered social and economic expectations, and how women and non-heterosexual men still generally perform the majority of emotional and cultural labour in seeking and maintaining romantic relationships.
Ausubel skilfully manipulates the three storylines (following Edgar, Fern and their three children) in a way that goads the reader, and leaves us craving a happy-ending family reunion. As page-turning devices go, it’s an effective one.
Rather than taming the shrew, Tyler goads the reader into a beastly foul temper.
Monterey Bay, Lindsay Hattan’s accomplished debut novel, defies easy categorisation.
Yanis Varoufakis, Greek ex-Finance Minister and economist, has brought us another big tale of economic mythology and tragedy.