Bernie McGill: writes with an assured style and eye for detail

The characters of Bernie McGill’s accomplished new novel The Watch House are glic, that old Irish word that belies exact translation. Sly, cunning, sh(...)

Kate Murray-Browne: her realistic and multifaceted fiction centres on precarious relationships and interior lives.

A story for our time: a scramble to find a house to fit a growing family, a mortgage scraped together, a property that divides a couple, a feeling of (...)

A performance poet who has appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, Carmen Marcus’s affinity for language and sound come through in her debut

“Tell me my story,” says 10-year-old Ellie Fleck to her fisherman father Peter. The pair live in a ramshackle old house on the Yorkshire coast, battli(...)

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

For aspiring writers out there, Gail Honeyman’s route to publication is the stuff of dreams. Motivated by turning 40, the Scottish author wrote her de(...)

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

A first love that involves “stupidly blue eyes”, a Romeo and Juliet storyline and a guitar serenade in the moonlight as a light snow falls. No Filter,(...)

Zinzi Clemmons: author of ‘What we lose’.

A self-professed “strange in-betweener”, Thandi is a black woman of mixed-raced parents who has grown up in a predominantly white, middle class suburb(...)

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

Robot boys that rehabilitate paedophiles, sex-change clinics, demoralising orgies, alpha submissives caged in a Leitrim farmhouse and ogled by rubber (...)

 Eithne Shortall: her  fiction is written with humour and levity

Try as we might to be open-minded, reviewers can be human too and find ourselves pre-judging a book by its cover. So it was with the loveheart graphic(...)

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

With its recent Netflix adaptation, Jay Asher’s young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why has returned to the bestseller lists over a decade after public(...)

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

From Wilfred Owen to Erich Maria Remarque to Evelyn Waugh, the dulce et decorum of going to war for one’s country has inspired many to take up the pen(...)