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Marian Broderick on the dilemmas facing someone writing women’s biography.

Book notes

Tony Canavan with the latest from the world of books.

Right news

Caoimhe Fox reports on recent rights sales from Ireland.


Books Ireland pays tribute to the late Eileen Battersby, a friend and colleague who will be deeply missed.

Book focus

Fergal Tobin looks at a book celebrating the History of Irish Book Publishing.


Tony Flynn discovers a remarkable book of Celtic Wonder Tales.

Ruairí Ó hAodha discusses forgotten Irish novelist Annie Keary.

Liz Gillis remembers the late Shane Kenna.

Paula Nolan has the story behind an unusual cookbook, Saintly Feasts.

From page to stage

Tony Flynn reviews the Abbey’s stage adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It.

Bookshop focus

Tony Canavan drops in on Dundalk’s Roe River Books.


Anne O’Leary—Madam Politician: the women at the table of Irish political power, by Martina Fitzgerald.

Kevin Kiely—Writer to Writer: the republic of elsewhere, by Ciaran Carty.

David Cowan—The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance, edited by Eamonn Jordan and Eric Weitz.


John Quinn—The Stars Are Our Only Comfort, by Alice Leahy.

Tony Flynn—Dracul, by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker.

Mary Burnham—The Liberties, by Maurice Curtis.

Caroline Hurley—Game Changer, by Cora Staunton.

Hugh Oram—The River Liffey: history and heritage, by Christopher Moriarty.

John Kirkaldy—Being New York, Being Irish: reflections on twenty-five years of Irish America and New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House, edited by Terry Golway.

Marjorie Quarton—A Reluctant Memoir, by Robert Ballagh.

Síne Quinn—The Calm Within, by Mirabelle Okeke.


Fred Johnston casts a critical eye over recent poetry books.

Leabhair idir lámha

Cathal Póirtéir serves up some choice offerings in recent books as Gaeilge.


Sue Leonard selects her favourites among recent début authors.

Crime spree

Paula O’Hare trawls through the latest crime fiction.

First flush

Tony Flynn and Grace Safford list and comment on all the books received since our last issue.

My favourite

Kit de Waal on her new favourite place to write, and much else besides.

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Contributors in this issue

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

Marian Broderick is author of Bold, Brilliant and Bad: Irish women from history (the O’Brien Press).

David Cowan is an author and critic, writing on economics, culture and communication.

Kit de Waal will feature in the Cork World Book Fest, joining Anne Griffin to speak about ‘Novels of Love and Loss’ at Triskel Arts Centre 26 April at 8pm. Tickets:

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

Liz Gillis is the author of Women of the Irish Revolution, Revolution in Dublin and The Fall of Dublin.

Caroline Hurley has written articles and reviews for Arena, Village, Kerry Magazine and Dublin Review of Books.

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

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.

John Kirkaldy has contributed to three books on Irish history and works for the Open University as well as writing for newspapers, magazines and television.

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

Paula Nolan is Art Director and Photographer with Messenger Publications.

Ruairí Ó hAodha is a librarian and independent scholar in Galway and editor of the Journal of the Old Tuam Society.

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 but also writes longer cultural analysis pieces.

Hugh Oramis 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.

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.

John Quinn is a writer and former radio broadcaster. His most recent book is Gratias: a little book of gratitude (Veritas).

Síne Quinn is a writing coordinator for the Bookmarks Programme at TCD and a campaign coordinator for College Awareness Week.

Grace Safford is a student at Champlain College, working with Books Ireland as an editorial assistant.

Fergal Tobin was publishing director of Gill & Macmillan for more than twenty years.

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