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Jim Power shares his insights into bookselling and the Irish economy, following his recently published report.

Book notes

Tony Canavan with his latest gleaning from the book world.

Caoimhe Fox has the latest news about Irish publishers’ book rights.


Secret city guides Pól Ó Conghaile and Lorenza Bacinorecount exploring off the beaten track in Belfast and Dublin.

A summer crop of books Here’s our selection for books to read while holidaying at home or abroad.

Thomas Bartlett, an editor of The Cambridge History of Ireland, gives us an insider’s view of this mammoth project.

Imbolc The winning entries from the Irish Writers Centre Imbolc Flash Fiction Competition.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan compares the novel and film versions of Bernard McLaverty’s Cal.

Bookshop focus

Tony Canavan celebrates ten years of Blackrock’s Raven Books.


Patrick MulroeAn Army of Tribes: British army cohesion, deviancy and murder in Northern Ireland, by Edward Burke.

Christine O’NeillThe Joyce Country: literary scholarship and Irish culture, by David Pierce.

Hugh OramThe Quest for the Irish Celt, by Mairéad Carew.


Jennifer MartinAlmost Love, by Louise O’Neill.

Mary BurnhamCocktail Bar, by Norah Hoult.

David O’DonoghueIn America: tales from Trump country, by Caitríona Perry.

Elizabeth McSkeaneThe Kilderry Files, by Maurice Manning.

Deirdre Ní ChuanacháinA Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, by Laurence Sterne, illustrated by Martin Rowson.

Marjorie QuartonLetters from Aleppo: chronicles of war and hope, by Ibrahim Alsabagh.

Laura FitzgeraldThe Rebels and Other Short Fiction, by Richard Power (James MacKillop ed.).

Hugh McFaddenWriting under the Influence: alcohol and the works of 13 American authors, by Aubrey Malone.


Fred Johnston takes another selection of the latest poetry books.

Leabhair idir lámha

Cathal Póirtéir makes his choice of recently published books as Gaeilge.


Sue Leonard with the best of the crop in recent début authors.

Crime spree

Paula O’Hare out what’s new in crime fiction.

First flush

Tony Canavan lists all the books sent in since our previous issue.

My favourite

Andrew Meehan has happy memories of a particular bookshop in Glasgow.


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Contributors in this issue


Lorenza Bacino, along with Kathy Curran, is author of Secret Belfast(Jonglez Publishing).

Thomas Bartlett is emeritus professor of history at the University of Aberdeen.

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

Laura Fitzgerald has worked with CJ Fallon, educational publishers in Dublin, since 2014.

Fred Johnston is a poet, novelist and short-story writer and founder of Galway’s annual Cúirt Festival of Literature.

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

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

Hugh McFadden is a critic, literary editor, journalist and author of four collections of poetry, including Empire of Shadows (2012).

Elizabeth McSkeane’s début novel, Canticle, was recently published by Turas Press.

Andrew Meehan’s fiction has been anthologised in Town and Country: the Faber book of new Irish stories and Winter Pages. One Star Awake is his first novel.

Patrick Mulroe is author of Bombs, Bullets and the Border: Policing Ireland’s frontier: Irish security policy 1969–1978 (Irish Academic Press).

Deirdre Ní Chuanacháin is an independent researcher whose most recent book is Utopianism in Eighteenth-Century Ireland (Cork University Press).

Pól Ó Conghaile is author of Secret Dublin: an unusual guide (Jonglez Publishing).

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

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

Christine O’Neill is a freelance researcher and translator who has written and edited several books on James Joyce.

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

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

Jim Power is one of Ireland’s leading economic analysts and contributes regularly to newspapers, radio and television.

Marjorie Quarton is an independent writer whose books include Breakfast the Night Before and Corporal Jack: a dog’s life in the First World War.

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A historical detective story based on the life and turbulent time of the 16th century poet and mystic, San Juan de la Cruz (Saint John of the Cross).

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Canticle by Liz McSkeane
ISBN: 978-0-9957916-3-3
Publisher: Turas Press



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