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Tarsila Krüse on the evolving role of illustrators in Ireland.

Book notes

Tony Canavan with news from the book world and Caoimhe Fox with updates on book rights.


Caoimhe Fox interviews John O’Brien, Dalkey Archive Press.

Laurence Fenton discusses why F. Scott Fitzgerald was reluctant to acknowledge his Irishness.

Anthony Cannon discovers a home from home for Irish writers in London.

Book Focus

David Blake Knox reveals the family story behind his book Hitler’s Irish Slaves.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan  sinks his teeth into Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Tony Canavan on his surprise literary find in a French railway station.

Bookshop focus

Una MacConville —Tales for Tadpoles

Illustrated books—a feature

Tony Canavan interviews Emma Byrne, design manager at O’Brien Press.

Fatti and John Burke talk about their Irelandopedia series.

Illustrators honoured—we take a look at Futa Fata’s Bliain na nAmhrán.


Anne O’LearyUnderstanding Contemporary Irish Fiction and Drama by Margaret Hallissy.

Eleanor FitzsimonsBefore the Wax Hardened by Adrian Kenny.

Kevin KielySelected Essays of Seán O’Faolain by Brad Kent.


Sinéad FitzgibbonThe Dead House by Billy O’Callaghan.

John HynesCork Rock: from Rory Gallagher to the Sultans of Ping by Mark McAvoy.

Fiona MurphyWomen and the Great Hunger edited by Christine Kinealy, Jason King and Ciarán Reilly.

Aubrey MaloneThe Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice by Ronan Ryan.

James LawlessOn Balance by Sinéad Morrissey.

Clare Hayes-BradyDark Chapter by Winnie M. Li.

Mary BurnhamHopdance by Stewart Parker.

Bartholomew BegleyIreland and the Imperial World: citizenship, opportunism and subversion edited by Timothy G. McMahon, Michael de Nie and Paul Townend.

Jennifer MartinDarkmouth: hero rising by Shane Hegarty.

Liz MaguirePostcard Stories by Jan Carson.


Sue Leonard takes her pick of recently published début authors.

Crime Spree

Paula O’Hare rounds up the unusual suspects on the crime beat.

Leabhair idir lámha

Cathal Póirtéir brings us his selection of recently published books as Gaeilge.

First flush

Tony Canavan’s listing of all the books sent into us over the last two months.

My favourite

Jim McCarthy on why his favourite book is Langrishe, Go Down.


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Contributors in this issue


Bartholomew Begley is IRC Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, University College Cork.

Fattiand John Burkeare the team behind the Irelandopedia series of illustrated books.

Mary Burnham works in the Dún Laoghaire branch of Dubray Books and writes a book blog on the Dubray website.

Anthony Cannon is an Irish writer based in London. His most recent novel is Boom Town (Grand Union Publishing)

Laurence Fenton is a writer and editor living in Cork, author of Frederick Douglass in Ireland: ‘The Black O’Connell’ (Collins Press).

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

Eleanor Fitzsimons is a researcher, writer and author of Wilde’s Women (Duckworth Overlook).

Caoimhe Fox works in Marketing and Development at Books Ireland and Wordwell.

Clare Hayes-Brady is a lecturer in American Literature at University College Dublin.

John Hynes is a singer-songwriter who released his debut single, Caroline, I’m Yours, in 2017.

Kevin Kiely is a poet, novelist, playwright and critic.

David Blake Knox is a television producer and CEO of Blueprint Pictures, an independent production company.

TarsilaKrüse is the founding member of the Blind Elephant Illustration Collective, and a member of Illustrators Ireland.

James Lawless is a novelist, poet and author. His latest novel is American Doll.

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

Jim McCarthy is a winner of the Hennessy Literary Award and his short stories have been widely published in Ireland and the UK.

UnaMacConville is publishing manager of Books Ireland.

Liz Maguire is an avid bibliophile, to which the numerous bookshelves in her miniature Washington DC apartment are testament.

Aubrey Malone’s latest book is Wedding Belles: funny quotes about marriage (YouCaxton Publications).

Jennifer Martin is a Ph.D graduate who specialises in Irish literature and genealogical studies.

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.

Anne O’Leary is a non-fiction writer who specialises in book and theatre reviews.

CathalPóirtéir is a writer and broadcaster who has published several books and CDs.

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