Bert Wright: “Of all recent Irish novels, none addresses the dilemma of the Irish writer caught between the rock of tradition and the cold hard place that Ireland has become more urgently than Paul Murray’s The Mark and the Void”

After half a lifetime spent curating literary events, there is one audience question to which I remain violently allergic. It usually comes at the end(...)

Me time: Sarah Bannan writes each day from 4.30am to 6.30am. “At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or my daughter or my email, nor even social media.” Illustration: CSA/Getty

I write in a tiny crawl space in my one-bedroom cottage every morning from 4.30am to 6.30am. At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or(...)

Emily Dickinson: Miss Emily by Nuala Ní Chonchúir, above, (August, Sandstone) looks at the life of the famously reclusive poet through the eyes of 18-year-old Ada Concannon, her Irish maid. Photograph: Emilia Krysztofiak

Things We Have in Common, Tasha Kavanagh (May, Canongate) Yasmin Laksaris is the obese teenage narrator of the English author Tasha Kavanagh’s (...)

Colm Tóibín’s books of the year
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  • November 30, 2013, 06:00

Wexford Castles: Environment, Settlement and Society by Billy Colfer (Cork University Press) introduced and illustrated fascinating aspects of Wexf(...)

 Colum McCann, author of TransAtlantic. Photograph: Alan Betson

One of Britain’s most consistently original novelists, Jim Crace, emerged on the publication of his “final” novel, Harvest, last spring as an early fa(...)

Gavin Corbett, author of This Is the Way

Dublin-based writer Gavin Corbett and the poet John Montague were among the prize winners at this year’s Listowel Writers’ Week, which opened last ni(...)

Impac shortlisted: Kevin Barry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Last month, over a seven-day period, a flurry of lists appeared that, if nothing else, got people tutting, griping and generally talking about (...)