Debut author Laura Steven won the Published Prize for The Exact Opposite of Okay at the inaugural Comedy Women in Print Prize in London last night. Kirsty Eyre won the Unpublished Prize for Cow Girl and Jilly Cooper received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Irish author Marian Keyes chaired the panel of judges.

Gill Books announced today that it would publish Richie Sadlier’s memoir, Recovering, about his struggles with alcohol and mental health this October.

This Saturday’s Irish Times books pages feature a brilliant new short story, Spelunking, by Caragh Maxwell, whose essay in The Irish Times about her relationship with her body went viral earlier this year. Peter J Conradi, Iris Murdoch’s official biographer, sheds light on her Irish roots and views ahead of the centenary of her birth next Monday. Jo Nesbo talks to Seamas O’Reilly about his new Harry Hole thriller, Knife

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