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Ivan O’Brien reminds us of the importance of Irish publishers.

Book notes

Tony Canavan with the latest from the world of books.

Book focus

Fionnuala Cloke, Gráinne O’Toole and Melatu Uche Okorie reveal the story behind This Hostel Life..


Tony Canavan throws light on Robert Lynd and a forgotten tradition.

Constance Short celebrates the life and work of Dorothy Macardle, revolutionary and writer.

Gráinne Clear tells us about an exciting new venture from Little Island.

Christmas books
Our guide to books to give as gifts this Christmas.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan remembers Maeve Binchy’s Circle of Friends.

Bookshop focus

Tony Canavan pays a visit to Stokes Books in George’s St. Arcade.


Joanne O’SullivanPromising Young Women, by Caroline O’Donoghue.

Tony CanavanSoldiers of Liberty: a study of Fenianism 1858–1908, by Eva Ó Cathaoir.

Eamonn P. KellyMyth and Materiality, by John Waddell.


Paula O’HareCountry, by Michael Hughes.

John GibneyStacking the Coffins, Stacking the Coffins.

Lavinia GreacenConan Doyle for the Defence, by Margalit Fox.

Sine QuinnA Ladder to the Sky, by John Boyne.

David O’DonoghueIt’s Written in Concrete, by Seamus Kelly.

Emma DunneMatchstick Man: the story of a relationship, by Julia Kelly.

Aubrey MaloneJuggling with Turnips, by Karl MacDermott.

Sinéad FitzgibbonThe Consolation of Maps, Thomas Bourke.


Fred Johnston with his pick of recently published poetry.

Leabhair idir lámha

Cathal Pórtéir dips into recent books as Gaeilge.


Sue Leonard with her selection of recent début authors.

Crime spree

Paula O’Hare investigates recent crime books.

First flush

Tony Flynn lists all the new books that have come in since our last issue.

My favourite

Andrea Carter writes about her love for The Wind in the Willows.


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Contributors in this issue


Andrea Carter’s latest novel is Murder at Greysbridge (Constable), the latest in the popular ‘Ben O’Keeffe’ series.

Gráinne Clear is Publishing Manager and Art Director at Little Island Books.

Fionnuala Cloke is co-founder of the Skein Press.

Emma Dunne is a freelance editor, proofreader and reader.

Sinéad Fitzgibbon is a UK-based Irish author, critic and short-story writer.

John Gibney is DFAT100 Project Co-ordinator with the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy project.

Lavinia Greacen is the biographer of the novelist, J.G. Farrell.

Fred Johnston’s latest collection of poetry is Rogue States (Salmon Poetry).

Eamonn P. Kelly is the former Keeper of Irish Antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland.

Sue Leonard is a freelance journalist, writer and ghostwriter, who also writes the ‘Beginner’s Pluck’ book column for The Irish Examiner.

Aubrey Malone’s latest book is Writing Under the Influence: alcohol and the works of 13 American authors (McFarland & Co).

Ivan O’Brien, managing director of the O’Brien Press, is President of Publishing Ireland.

David O’Donoghue’s first novel, Midnight General, will be published later this year.

Paula O’Hare is a public sector lawyer and fan of detective novels.

Melatu Uche Okorie is author of This Hostel Life.

Joanne O’Sullivan has an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature from the University of York.

Gráinne O’Toole is co-founder of the Skein Press.

Cathal Pórtéir is a writer and broadcaster who has published several books and CDs on Irish folklore, social history and literature in Irish.

Sine Quinn is an independent editor, CBI Book Doctor and co-ordinator of the Bookmarks Programme at TCD.

Constance Short is a visual artist, writer, singer and political activist.

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