Books

Review: Last Night on Earth by Kevin Maher

  Last Night on Earth by Kevin Maher (Little Brown) In his debut novel The Fields, Kevin Maher introduced us to Ireland of the 1970s, and 13-year-old Jim Finnegan. It’s a classic first novel, an Irish Bildungsroman as Jim - the baby in a family of older girls -...

Interview: Kim Gordon

  Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (Faber & Faber) One of the most surprising things about Kim Gordon, when she picks up the phone on the US West Coast, is how quiet she sounds. As the bass player in of the most musically interesting and decibel-bending bands of...

Interview: Sara Baume

The winner of the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award gave herself two years to write her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither. But she tells SINEAD GLEESON that she remains torn between fiction and visual art. “To some people it might look like I’ve just popped up...

Interview: BJ Novak

Steve Martin has done it, so has Madonna. Even John Lithgow and Whoopi Goldberg have had a go. Famous folk have frequently found a sideline in children’s books, and as much as BJ Novak is having fun with The Book With No Pictures, he recognises the eyeroll aspect of...

On the seasonal appeal of the Ghost Story…

If 100 people were surveyed Family Fortunes style about the best time of year to read ghost stories, the “top answer” stampede would be for October 31st. Me? I’d be trailing behind (with that trademark incorrect "X" on the screen) for suggesting Christmas, but to me...

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