New book forthcoming from Picador

New book forthcoming from Picador

I’m delighted and honoured to say that I have some news: my debut book will be published in early 2019 by Picador Books (the literary fiction imprint of Pan MacMillan). Some info, including a link to more details.  Picador will be publishing an essay...
Essay for Granta: ‘Second Mother’

Essay for Granta: ‘Second Mother’

They say it started with blackouts. Falling like a felled tree in unforested places. Several times, outside the strip of shops she lives near. The locals all know her, so whenever it happens, they run to my brother’s house and hammer at his door. ‘She’s had a fall.’...
Review: The White Book by Han Kang

Review: The White Book by Han Kang

“Now I will give you white things, What is white, though may yet be sullied; Only white things will I give.” These lines, one of the rare eruptions of poetry in Han Kang’s studied and astonishing novel, set out the author’s intentions: she wishes to speak to us...
Essay in Gorse Issue 8

Essay in Gorse Issue 8

The latest issue of Gorse (No. 8, April 2017) is themed around the body. I’ve contributed an essay. ‘Your Chroma’ about the colour red and the body, art, fairytales, surgery, Frida Kahlo, saints, William Gass and er, the video for Robert...
Review: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Review: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

  The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Melville House / Graywolf Press) In the same week I reread Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, I downloaded a Granta podcast with American writer and activist Rebecca Solnit. Solnit writes about place, politics and gender among other...
Announcing The Glass Shore…

Announcing The Glass Shore…

Happy International Women’s Day – and congratulations to Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney (both Long Gaze Back contributors) who have been nominated for the Bailey’s Prize. Over the weekend I chaired a Long Gaze Back Panel event, with Lisa McInerney,...
The Book Show returns

The Book Show returns

I’m glad to be back on air with The Book Show on RTE Radio One after a short haitus. Our first show aired last Saturday, January 16th, 2016 and featured an in-depth interview with Man Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes. Recorded at his north London home, Barnes...

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