Books

Along the Lines by Dermot Healy

When I was putting together the anthology Silver Threads of Hope, I asked Dermot Healy for a story, and he kindly contributed this one. As it happened, it was the shortest story in the collection (759 words), but one that has so much of that sense of place and...

Review: Dept of Speculation by Jenny Offill

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (Granta) There is a scene in Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation where the writer protagonist bumps into a man she used to know. “I think I must have missed your second book?”, he says. The writer explains that there isn’t one....

Interview: Yiyun Li

Poison and intrigue in past and present China - When Yiyun Li left China, at the age of 24, she couldn’t speak English. Now, nearly two decades later, she is recognised as one of its most perceptive contemporary writers There is no prerequisite for becoming a writer,...

Interview: Gary Shteyngart

When I finally get through to Gary Shteyngart’s London hotel room, after a Fawlty Towers style mix-up, he’s in bed. Not because he overslept but because he prefers to spend most of his time there writing, and jokes that he only leaves bed to go on book tours. “It’s...

Interview: Colin Barrett

In a Dublin cafe, a few minutes into an interview with Colin Barrett, he does that thing all storytellers do without realising: he imparts an innocuous piece of information but reveals something else very telling. The 31-year-old is explaining his roots: he’s a Mayo...

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