Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: The human need for connection is this heart-rending novel’s central theme. Photograph: Philippa Gedge

Gail Honeyman’s moving, inventive debut is about a young woman set apart from society because of trauma

No Filter, the debut young adult novel from Orlagh Collins, is not for the hardened cynics.

Orlagh Collins’ debut YA novel gives a snapshot of everything from bankruptcy to first love

Zinzi Clemmons: author of ‘What we lose’.

Private and public grief come together in an engaging new novel about loss

June Caldwell: her modernist style and tendency to switch forms never let the reader rest

It is fifty shades darker as submissive sex and rubber-clad gimps vie for attention

 Eithne Shortall: her  fiction is written with humour and levity

Love in Row 27 brings the First Dates formula to the skies

Ethel Rohan: An acclaimed short story writer, she has published two collections and received a nomination for this year’s Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Ethel Ronan’s debut sees an overweight father trying to make sense of his son’s suicide

Caroline Preston harks to a bygone era where the individual and family unit were sacrificed for a greater good

Debut novel looks at the different roles that one Irish family adopts during second World War

Sally Rooney: The debut novelist delivers a dynamic tale about the messy, overlapping relationships between four captivating characters. Photograph: Jonny Davies

‘Conversations with Friends review: Sally Rooney offers searing insights on affairs and relationships

Patty Yumi Cottrell’s Sorry to Disrupt the Peace is a beautifully sad and funny debut that disturbs the peace and makes no apologies for doing so. Photograph: Hanly Banks Callahan

A highly unorthodox detective story sees a bipolar woman investigate her brother’s suicide

Billy O’Callaghan: Some lovely details do shine through The Dead House, which harks to the author’s pedigree as a short-story writer. Photograph: Claire O’Rorke

Debut novel from acclaimed short-story writer Billy O’Callaghan lacks finesse

 Arja Kajermo: Cold climates and cold hearts are at the centre of The Iron Age. Photograph: Stefan Evans

Arja Kajermo uses fable and charming illustrations to bring a family’s struggles to life

Stewart Parker: his unfinished novel ‘Hopdance’ deals with his leg amputation while a student in Belfast.

Hopdance review: Stewart Parker’s posthumous memoir novel captures figments of a lost year

In Harvesting, both girls have their identities stripped from them, have no control over their bodies and are pumped with drugs before being sent out each evening. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Actor Lisa Harding’s debut novel is character-driven and highly dramatic

Daniel Magariel: creates characters who are simultaneously heroic and credible. Photograph: Justine Magariel

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel review: an emotional tale

Paula Cocozza: “From Mary’s belief that the animal is flirting – ‘He had winked at her!’ – to her vivid descriptions of his coat and muzzle, Cocozza’s blurring of the animal and human worlds is seamless.”

Paula Cocozza’s beguiling first novel charts the love affair between a lonely woman and a flirtatiously fantastic fox

Along for the ride: Enniskillen actor Ciarán McMenamin takes readers on a madcap trip into a drug-fuelled night

Actor Ciarán McMenamin’s debut captures the voice of disaffected youth in 1990s North

Sara Flannery Murphy: The Possessions pays homage to classic ghost stories

Sara Flannery Murphy’s intriguing debut merges the worlds of the living and the dead

Michèle Forbes is also an award-winning actor, and her insight into the world of performance is astute

Michèle Forbes’s story of a doomed romance in the vaudeville world lacks a magic spark

Here Comes the Sun: Nicole Dennis-Benn charts a shocking history of violence done to women  over generations. Photograph: Tony Cenicola/New York Times

Nicole Dennis-Benn’s first novel shines a light on tourism’s underbelly

Alan McMonagle: has a dark and very Irish sense of humour on the twin topics of home and parenthood. Photograph: John Minihan

Alan McMonagle’s enthralling debut follows an Irish teenager trying to imagine a better life

Author Elizabeth Bowen

In the final part of our series on influential books by women writers, we focus on Irish authors

An Afghan family fleeing the Taliban in the 1990s take refuge on an endless train journey

Historian and archivist Andrew Hughes: well placed to comment on 19th-century Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Review: The Coroner’s Daughter is a gory, frenetic but tongue-in-cheek murder tale set in 1816 Dublin

Alexandra Kleeman: “The author is great on the beauty industry, including a wonderful sequence where A literally paints B to life.”

Alexandra Kleeman’s disturbing dystopia takes on body image and the beauty myth

Themes of identity, sexuality and addiction loom large as Tea attempts to write through her demons.

American LGBT writer Michelle Tea takes a leap from memoir to something a tad more explosive

Ronan Ryan: dramatic twists in the story add momentum to what is an overly long book.

Ronan Ryan’s debut novel about the unlucky Diaz clan is compelling and compassionate

Emily Barr: “Her page-turning talents are put to good use in Flora’s adventure, as the reader accompanies a brave teenager on a journey to discover who she really is.”

Flaws aside, Emily Barr’s YA debut hums with an original plot and likable heroine

Adam O’Riordan: The Burning Ground is an impressive range of stories, and its author’s verbal polish shines out

From burnt-out businessmen to a sun-scorched surfing paradise, the city comes to life in Adam O’Riordan’s debut collection

April Ayers Lawson: Her “meticulous prose contrasts with the chaotic lives of her characters. Preoccupied with sexuality, ownership and identity, the scenarios  are often deeply uncomfortable.”

Spiritual and sexual awakenings take a Gothic twist in April Ayers Lawson’s debut collection

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Karl Geary: has written a luminous first novel  full of tension and tenderness. Photograph: Ollie Grove

A powerful debut about a doomed romance recalls the novels of Donal Ryan

 Virginia Reeves: “An exquisite opening chapter of terse dialogue and fraught moments sets up a classic American tale of a bygone era of hardship and hostility”

Virginia Reeves’s Man Booker-longlisted debut is eloquently written but on the dull side

Emmanuelle Pagano: the tenderness of love comes through in stories

Emmanuelle Pagano’s latest book brings readers on rollercoaster of love’s highs and lows

Danielle Dutton: Her second novel is a “vibrant rendition of a unique historical figure”. Photograph: Sarah Shatz

The protofeminist duchess is brilliantly realised in Danielle Dutton’s blackly funny novel

Brit Bennett: she has rich domesticity of Anne Tyler and the eloquent arguments of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A young American author’s brave debut tackles suicide, abortion and motherhood

Up all night with a page-turner?

From writers to politicians, the highs and lows of books they read

A classical pianist looks back on his life in Eric Beck Rubin’s short, meditative novel

Christine Sneed: The stories in “The Virginity of Famous Men” are “fast-paced and full of action”

Christine Sneed’s new collection uses sex to reveal sharp, funny insights into modern life

Kirsty Logan: storytelling is to the fore in the Scottish writer’s captivating second collection

New Fiction: Kirsy Logan’s imaginative collection highlights the importance of storytelling

Kathleen Glasgow: her aim was to write an uplifting personal story that would inspire hope in anyone affected by self-harm and she has achieved it.

Intimate, gritty novel offers a realistic account of self-harm – and a glimmer of hope

Helena Mulkerns: tries to show the humanity behind the wars in faraway lands

Helena Mulkerns’s engaging debut collection features stories set in conflict zones

Jess Kidd: The author “has a lovely, unforced style, but perhaps she still needs to find the right genre to showcase her talents”.

Jess Kidd’s debut novel is atmospheric but too cliched to really score as mystery or drama

Elizabeth J Church: In trying to span a whole life, the author has missed the details that captivate readers

Elizabeth Church’s debut novel on nuclear war and women’s liberation fails to take flight

Anuk Arudpragasam: his unadorned and measured prose in The Story of a Brief Marriage serves his story well

Anuk Arudpragasam explores what it means to be alive when war takes away our dignity

Sarah Maria Griffin: Her eloquent and evocative writing is put to good use in her fiction

It’s a pity Sarah Maria Griffin’s imaginative young adult debut never quite hits its stride

A love of storytelling: debut novelist Tony Tulathimutte

Tony Tulathimutte offers a comic portrait of privilege and friendship in noughties ’Frisco

Fantasy and reality fuse in an ambitious and linguistically powerful Irish debut

Oisín Fagan, author of Hostages

A near-future dystopia, an engaging short story debut mostly set in Meath

Imbolo Mbue: the  author’s  debut novel has been acquired for a seven-figure sum. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

A Cameroonian couple's American dreams are dashed amid the global financial crisis

The Comet Seekers: Helen Sedgwick was a physicist before turning her hand to writing. Her debut maps the big questions on an even larger plane

Helen Sedgwick’s engaging debut, set in rural Ireland, maps out a constellation of lives over centuries

An engaging mix of reportage, fiction and historical writing, the story of a fatal flight filled with stars

Four centuries of prophecies and punishment are depicted in this odd novel

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Anthony Marra: a writer for whom essential truths are found in detail. Photograph: Michael Hurcomb/Corbis/Getty

An American’s interlocking stories set in hardened Russia grip from the get-go

Shappi Khorsandi: There is plenty of interesting material explored in Nina’s world, from identity to bisexuality, female friendship to addiction

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi’s debut novel is a sharply observed coming-of-age tale

This atmospheric novel explores hippie living and maternal neglect in 1980s Australia

Karan Mahajan: shows the repercussions of terrorism from the point of view  of perpetrators and victims

Multiple viewpoints create a shrapnel-like effect in a novel about terrorism in India

Ruth Gilligan: has written a number of successful romance novels, among them ‘Forget’

Gilligan’s ‘literary fiction’ debut inventively connects up Ireland’s Jewish narratives

Jessie Burton: the process of creating is again to the fore in her  new novel. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Flashes of brilliant writing are weighed down by the plot in ‘Miniaturist’ author’s new novel

Emma Cline: thought-provoking fiction, intuitive and memorable writing

Provocative coming-of-age tale inspired by the Manson murders deserves all the hype

A still from the film adaptation of Life of Pi: “This magical tale of survival and personal growth through adversity sees Pi adrift with his unlikely crew for 227 days. The novel was rejected by multiple publishers before being taken on by Knopf Canada and going on to win the Booker Prize for Martel in 2002”

The plight of refugees is back at the top of news bulletins but it has been a constant theme in modern literature as these 10 semi(...)

Kit de Waal: skilfully conveys the world of 1980s working-class Britain. Photograph: Justine Stoddart.

A moving, understated novel shows sympathy for the mother of all neglectful mothers

EM Reapy:  novel showcases her skill with different perspectives

Impressive debut novel moves from humour to poignancy with ease

Claire Hennessy: the Dublin author understands her young adult audience and is careful never to preach.

The pressures felt by young women to fit a mould come through clearly in these stories

Roisín O’Donnell. Photograph:  Daithi Taylor

A modern, multiracial Ireland forms the backdrop of an ambitious debut collection

An Irish journalist tackles the subject of Down syndrome in her debut novel

Quick-witted and sharp-tongued, lovable and flawed, Claire is a super narrator that readers will easily connect with, a smarter Br(...)

“Anything a writer disowns is of interest,” Sam Leith wrote in his review of a biography of Martin Amis that ignored his opus, Invasion of the Space Invaders, “particularly if it’s a frivolous thing and particularly if, like Amis, you take seriousness seriously”

From what John Banville called his ‘absurdly pretentious’ debut novel to Martin Amis’s non-fiction guide to Space Invaders, a fasc(...)

Ciara Considine, right, on what she likes about Henrietta McKervey’s writing: “Her gift for prose, the sense of economy and containment in her work – something which always allows the reader to engage in a fuller, more meaningful way – and the knowing and warm humour that gently edges its way in, make for a very human writer who is intrigued by and observant of the ordinary world”

A Q&A with Henrietta McKervey, author of The Heart of Everything, and her editor Ciara Considine

Rapper, poet and playwright Kate Tempest’s debut novel is built on shaky foundations

Intellectually charged debut by a very gifted writer

Ted McDermott’s novel focuses on life’s contradictions and absurdities

Life’s work: the first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, from 1623. Photograph:  Graeme Robertson/Getty

Some admirers celebrate the playwright’s work on the 400th anniversary of his death

Rob Doyle with his editor at Bloomsbury, Alexa von Hirschberg, and his publisher at Lilliput Press, Antony Farrell, at the Irish Book Awards, and, left, Daniel Caffrey, his editor at Lilliput

‘We had some robust discussions about which stories to include, about their order, and I recall having to ask some rather frank qu(...)

Harriet O’Donovan Sheehy, who died yesterday, aged 92, unveils a  50 cent stamp marking the  centenary of the birth of her late husband, the renowned Irish writer Frank O’Connor,   at St Patrick’s Boys School, Gardiner’s Hill, Cork, in 2003. Photograph:  John Allen/John Sheehan Photography

Irish literary news and listings: Lisa McInerney and Adrian McKinty longlisted for top crime novel prize

Henrietta McKervey, whose second novel The Heart of Everything was published last month, did an MFA in UCD in 2012.  “I wrote two books while doing it, so the practical advice and focus on deadlines was obviously a big help,” she says. “Having to produce work to show other people every week is quite the motivator, though what’s ultimately more important is that those people are the right ones. From what I’ve heard about some programmes, workshop scenarios can be unpleasantly competitive, more MMA than MFA. That wasn’t my experience”

John Boyne, Joseph O’Connor, Gavin Corbett, Henrietta McKervey, Mary Morrissy, Paula McGrath, Paul Perry and Máire T Robinson have(...)

Thoughtful commercial fiction with a southside Dublin backdrop of drugs, partying and growing up

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction announces its 2016 shortlist as chosen by this year’s judging panel (from left): Tracey Thorn,  Naga Munchetty, Margaret Mountford (chair), Elif Shafak and Laurie Penny. The prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women

Listowel Writers’ Week shortlists; Limerick chosen for global HQ; ILFD programme; Stinging Fly event; Blackbird in Meath; Cúirt vo(...)

A seafaring jaunt buoyed with plenty of humour has an unusual take on history

Lester’s ‘Shtum’ explores the realities facing parents and their autistic child

Form plays a major part in Brian Bilston’s writing; poems appear as tweets, Scrabble clues, tree images, Excel spreadsheets and even Venn diagrams, as with his poem At the Intersection, which won the 2014 Great British Write Off.

‘He is to poetry what Banksy is to art’. Brian Bilston is bringing poetry to the masses, taking social media by storm with his top(...)

The Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein is one of the big draws of this year’s International Literature Festival Dublin, taking place in venues across the capital this May. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Literary listings: New director at Trinity; poetry in Galway; Brendan Kennelly at 80; poets on tour; Paula Meehan at NLI

An insider’s story of a devastating modern war told from the perspective of 45 objects

Patrick de Witt is one of the guest speakers at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin Shakespeare Society; Kevin Curran reading; All-Ireland Poetry Day; Trinity talk on Derry authors; hunger strike talk at UCD

In ‘Vertigo’, the writer highlights familiar worlds as they are about to fracture

Literary listings: Colum McCann on EFG shortlist; Irish bookshops make their mark; Sara Baume well received in US; The poets’ revo(...)

This debut novel is a razor-sharp, mordantly funny look at self-induced starvation

Mark Richards on Lisa McInerney: She’s a great combination of a lot of fun and also very dedicated. And with her work she both knows what she wants and is also open to suggestion. Writers can sometimes be either too closed or too suggestible. Oddly, that’s just as big a danger for an editor

‘All that was left was to have a leisurely pint with Mark once the business graft was done. We had a very nice lunch too; I apprec(...)

Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan, a consultant neurologist from Shankill, has been nominated for the Welcome Book Prize for her acclaimed account of psychosomatic illness, It’s All in Your Head (Chatto & Windus). The book charts O’Sullivan’s experience over 20 years of the conditions that exist in the space between psychological and physical illness

Moth art prize; Gutter book launches; Ballymaloe poetry shortlist; poetry at UCC; Banshee II; Franco-Irish Literary Festival; Imra(...)

Generations hand down the misery in Jan Carson’s surreal debut collection

The judging panel for the 2005 Impac Dublin Literary Awards, from left: Milan Richter, Nino Ricci, Jonathan Buckley, Rita Ann Higgins  and Agnés Desarthe. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Are literary awards just ‘posh bingo’ or something that writers really care about? How fair are they anyway, and could they actual(...)

 Emma Hannigan: won the Epic Novel Category of this year’s Romantic Novel Awards (RoNAs) for her book The Secrets We Share. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland’s literacy ranking; Bookmarks; Women and the Rising; John Murray’s new Irish debut; and a Northern Ireland women writers a(...)

You don’t need to be an astronaut to feel out of sorts with the world is the prevailing message of this lovely collection of stori(...)

 Michael Longley  at the Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival. On the Irish circuit, fees can vary significantly for both authors and event moderators, but most do pay. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Free speech, yes. Speak for free? No. As British literary festivals come under fire for not paying authors, Sarah Gilmartin finds (...)

Sean Kelly, Michael Cleary and Ciara Cummins at the launch of St Michael’s House Bring A Book, Buy A Book campaign, which runs until March 8th. The initiative encourages schools, organisations and offices to swap pre-read books with peers and friends for €2, with all proceeds going to St Michael’s House, one of Ireland’s largest providers of services for children and adults with intellectual disability

Literary listings: Sunday Times short story longlist; RONAs shortlist; Rising readings at UCC; Ann O’Loughlin book deal; Waterston(...)

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