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Claire Savage writes about the rewards and responsibilities of self-publishing.

Book notes

Tony Canavan with the latest news from the world of books and books rights.


John Quinn pays tribute to poet Francis Ledwedge on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Edwin Higel reflects on 25 years of New Island.

Michael Pierse examines how the Irish working class have been represented in literature.

Bookshop Focus: Caroline Healy paints a word portrait of Louisburgh’s Books@One.

John Gray shines light on the largely forgotten working-class Belfast writer Thomas Carnduff,

Tim Fernée writes about the project to bring the eighteenth-century classic Melmoth the Wanderer into the 21st century.

Camilla Dinkel, facing retirement, is looking for someone to take over the Dingle Bookshop.

Behind the screen Tony Canavan on Liam O’Flaherty’s The Informer.

A summer crop of books: Our choice of the best books to pack for your holiday at home or abroad.


Livinia GreacenThe Long-winded Lady (notes from The New Yorker) by Maeve Brennan.

Cathal PóirtéirSeacht mBua an Éiri Amach/The Seven Virtues of the Rising by Pádraic Ó Conaire (Arlen House).

Hugh McFaddenVirgil and Joyce: nationalism and imperialism in the Aeneid and Ulysses by Randall J. Pogorzelski.


Louisa CarrollIrish Cultures of Travel: writing on the Continent, 1829–1914 by Raphaël Ingelbien.

John GibneyMichael Collins: Dublin 1916–22 by Joseph E.A. Connell Jnr.

Joseph Horgan—Austerity and Recovery in Ireland: Europe’s poster child and the great recession by William K. Roche, Philip J. O’Connell and Andrea Prothero (eds).

Matthew FarrellyA History of Running Away by Paula McGrath.

Tony Canavan—Something in the Blood: the untold story of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula by David J. Skal.

Fiona Murphy—Married Quarters by Shane Connaughton.

Patricia ByrneIrish-American Autobiography: the divided hearts of athletes, priests, pilgrims and more by James Silas Rogers.

Caroline HurleyThe Clubhouse Mystery by Erika McGann.

Hugh OramThe Catholics: the Church and its people in Britain and Ireland, from the Reformation to the present day by Roy Hattersley.

Leabhair Idir Lámha

Cathal Póirteir begins his new column with his selection of recent books in Irish.


Sue Leonard with the best of début fiction.

Crime Spree

Paula O’Hare checks out the crime scene.

‘My Favourite …’

Jane Casey tells us why her list of favourite books just keeps growing.


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Contributors in this issue


Patricia Byrne’s latest book, To Tell the Truth—the story of Ireland’s Achill Mission Colony, will be published by Merrion Press in 2018.

Jane Casey’s latest novel is Let the Dead Speak (HarperCollins).

Louisa Carroll is a graduate of UCD and was assistant director of Krapp’s Last Tape, which starred Michael Gambon.

Camilla Dinkel and her husband run the Dingle Bookshop, Co. Kerry.

Matthew Farrelly is a recent MA Graduate of University College Dublin and has previously worked with Village Magazine.

Tim Fernée is a BAFTAwinning animator who combines animation with text.

John Gibney is Education Officer at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum.

John Gray is the former Librarian of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.

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

Caroline Healy works in Books@One, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo.

Edwin Higel established New Island with Dermot Bolger 25 years ago.

Joseph Horgan is a poet, writer and journalist.

Caroline Hurley writes fiction for children and has appeared in Caterpillar Magazine.

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

Hugh McFadden is a critic, literary editor, journalist and author of four collections of poetry.

Fiona Murphy is based in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast.

Paula O’Hare is a public sector lawyer who likes detective novels.

Hugh Oram is a Dublin-based author, journalist and broadcaster specialising in historical and documentary topics.

Dr Michael Pierse is a Lecturer in Irish Literature in the School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast.

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

John Quinn is a writer and former radio broadcaster. His most recent book is A Little Book of Ledwidge (Veritas).

Claire Savage self-published Magical Masquerade in May of this year.

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