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Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh on publishing contemporary teenage fiction as Gaeilge.

Book notes

Tony Canavan with the latest from the world of books.

Right news

Caoimhe Fox reports on recent rights sales from Ireland.

Eileen’s eye

We welcome new columnist, Eileen Battersby, who considers the Irishness of Iris Murdoch.

Short-story winners

Entries from the winners of the 2018 Dalkey Creates short-story competition and An tOireachtas short-story competition.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan on The War of the Buttons, Irish film, French novel.

Bookshop focus

Tony Flynn pays a visit to Hampton Books, Donnybrook.


Tony MurrayComing Home: art & the Great Hunger, by Niamh O’Sullivan.

Rory BrennanThe Ginger Man Letters: correspondence by J.P. Donleavy, Gainor Crist and A.K. Donoghue, edited by Bill Dunn.

Kevin KielyNorthern Ireland’s ’68: civil rights, global revolt and the origins of the Troubles, by Simon Prince.


Patrick MulroeSoldiering Against Subversion: the Irish Defence Forces and internal security during the Troubles, 1969–1998, by Dan Harvey.

Cathal CoyleThe Obsession, by Seán Cavanagh.

Tony FlynnDark Wood Dark Water, by Tina Callaghan.

Eleanor FitzsimonsBold, Brilliant and Bad: Irish women from history, by Marian Broderick.

Laurence FentonFrederick Douglass and Ireland: in his own words, Vol. I, by Christine Kinealy.

Bartholomew BegleyIdleness: a philosophical essay, by Brian O’Connor.

Hugh McFaddenThe Theatre of Thomas Kilroy: no absolutes, by José Lanters.

Anne CunninghamLeo: Leo Varadkar, a very modern taoiseach, by Philip Ryan and Niall O’Connor.

Colleen FitzpatrickBringing Death to Life: an uplifting exploration of living, dying, the soul journey and the afterlife, by Patricia Scanlan et al.

Tom KennedyHumanology: a scientist’s guide to our amazing existence, by Luke O’Neill.


Fred Johnston muses on the latest from the Irish poetry scene.

Leabhair idir lámha

Cathal Póirtéir brings us his choice from recent books as Gaeilge.


Sue Leonard casts an eye on recently published début authors.

Crime spree

Paula O’Hare brings to book the latest in crime publishing.

First flush

Tony Flynn lists and comments on all the new books sent into us.

My favourite

Sarah Maria Griffin reveals her romance with the National Library in Dublin city and the dlr LexIcon in Dún Laoghaire

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Contributors in this issue

Eileen Battersby is a literary reviewer, critic and author of Teethmarks on My Tongue (Head of Zeus, 2018).

Bartholomew Begley is Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy, Department of Theology, Philosophy & Music, Dublin City University.

Rory Brennan is a former director of Poetry Ireland and lecturer in Communications in Dublin City University.

Cathal Coyle is a school librarian and writer based in Dungannon, County Tyrone. His third book is The Little Book of Irish Landmarks (History Press Ireland).

Anne Cunningham is a regular book-reviewer for the Sunday Independent and Irish Independent and writes a column for the Meath Chronicle.

Sarah Maria Griffin’s first novel, Spare and Found Parts, was published by Titan Books in spring 2018 and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards that year. Her second, Other Words For Smoke, arrives in April 2019.

Laurence Fenton is a writer and editor living in Cork. His most recent book is ‘I Was Transformed’: Frederick Douglass—an American slave in Victorian Britain (Amberley Publishing).

Colleen Fitzpatrick has a doctorate in the philosophy of art and culture from NUI Galway, where she tutors in philosophy.

Eleanor Fitzsimons is a researcher, writer and journalist specialising in historical and current feminist issues.

Tony Flynn has just completed the M.Phil. in Children’s Literature, TrinityCollege Dublin, and is working with Books Ireland as an editorial assistant.

Caoimhe Fox works in Marketing and Development with Books Ireland andWordwell.

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

Tom Kennedy is founding editor of Science Spin magazine, founder of the Source Photographic Archives and member of the Irish Science and Technology Journalists’ Association.

Kevin Kiely is a poet, novelist, playwright and critic, and a Fulbright scholar in creative writing, with a Ph.D in modernist literature and poetry.

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, including Empire of Shadows (2012).

Patrick Mulroe is author of Bombs, Bullets and the Border—policing Ireland’s frontier: Irish Security Policy 1969–1978 (Irish Academic Press).

Tony Murray teaches at London Metropolitan University.

Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh is Publishing Officer in the Irish-language publishing house Cois Life.

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

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

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