A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

A sneak preview of this Saturday’s book pages

A sneak preview of this Saturday’s book pages

 Kevin Barry: winner of the Rooney Prize;  the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize;  the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for  City of Bohane; and  the Goldsmiths Prize for Beatlebone. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

Former winners Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie longlisted for prize won last year by Anna Burns

Colm Tóibín: “I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them. I just get bored with the prose. I don’t find any rhythm in it. It’s blank, it’s nothing; it’s like watching TV.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Literary author’s dismissal of genre fiction provokes backlash

Emily Dickinson

Browser review: Julie Dobrow, After Emily; How We Disappeared; Listening to Animals

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How culture bridges borders, from the Troubles to Brexit, from the Housemartins in 1986 to Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott in 2019

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Wrong milkman: Pat Laffan as lecherous  milkman Pat Mustard in Father Ted, not to be confused with the lecherous Milkman in Milkman by Anna Burns

We wrongly described Milkman by Anna Burns as being “about a young woman’s affair with a married man in Troubles-era Belfast”. Her(...)

Emily Ruskovich: “The secrets the book keeps aren’t from readers, they are things I wanted to be honest about not knowing or understanding fully myself.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Emily Ruskovich, International Dublin Literary Award winner, on her Idaho novel, redemption, forgiveness and her deep belief in th(...)

Seán Hewitt

Norma MacMaster (81) is Paul Torday Memorial Prize runner-up

Author Mick Herron is working on the seventh novel of the Slough House series which is ‘less M15, more 9 to 5’. Photograph: Mikael Buck

Mick Herron has been dubbed the le Carré of his generation for his Slough House series

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Emily Ruskovich: “It is difficult to know how to respond to the magnitude of this kindness that has been so suddenly bestowed upon me.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘The recognition is life-changing. The money will give me time. As a writer, that’s so precious’

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Tayari Jones: “For most of my life, American wasn’t a word I felt was addressed to me without adding black.” Photograph: Nina Subin

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones wins £30,000 prize

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 David Park: his books include Swallowing the Sun and  The Truth Commissioner. Photograph: Alan Betson

Travelling in a Strange Land by David Park wins award at Listowel Writers’ Week

 Joseph O’Connor: “Bram Stoker is the first Irish author I ever heard of, the first Irish author I loved.”  Photograph: Eric  Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images

Author’s new novel Shadowplay is a complicated love affair featuring Dracula creator Bram Stoker, the first Irish writer he fell f(...)

 Sarah Crossan:  won the Carnegie Medal in 2016 for her verse novel, One. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Carnegie Medal winner discusses her books and her identity as an Irish person in Britain

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 Jan Carson: has written a thoroughly captivating and well-paced novel that should hopefully earn her the international recognition she deserves. Photograph: Alan Betson

Novel set in working-class Protestant Belfast explores seductiveness of lust and violence

Kelly McCaughrain: her Flying Tips for Flightless Birds has won the  CBI Book of the Year, Eilís Dillon and Children’s Choice awards

Flying Tips for Flightless Birds wins CBI Book of the Year, Eilís Dillon and Children’s Choice awards

Jokha Alharthi, winner of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty Images

Omani becomes first Arabic author to win award and shares £50,000 prize with translator Marilyn Booth

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Norma MacMaster: shortlisted for the inaugural Paul Torday Memorial Prize, an award for a first novel by a writer over 60

Church of Ireland minister Norma MacMaster, Sheila Llewellyn and Niall Bourke in running for prizes

Anna Mackmin

Claire Adam, Michael Donkor and Anna Mackmin in running for £10,000 award

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“A classically Irish novel in disguise, a dysfunctional family trying to deal with their traumas. It’s almost a John McGahern novel disguised as a near-future science-fiction novel set in Nevada.”

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Journalist and author Lyra McKee. Photograph: Jess Lowe / AFP /Getty Images

She made her name as a journalist covering the Troubles’ legacy and was set to win fame as an author

Lyra McKee: “a talented journalist and writer who was on the cusp of an incredible career”. Photograph: PA

‘The people who took Lyra’s life are part of the past and will never be allowed to determine our future’

 John Boyne: “I chose to write Sam and Jessica’s story as a deliberately imperfect one in order for me to highlight the mistakes people make and how important empathy is.” Photograph: Alan Betson

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The  judging panel: broadcaster and author James Naughtie; musical comedian and improviser Pippa Evans; Everyman’s Library publisher David Campbell; comedian Sindhu Vee;   and vice president of the Hay Festival and director of National Trust Wales, Justin Albert

Nina Stibbe makes the shortlist for the third time with Reasons to be Cheerful

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Rosemary Jenkinson: shortlisted for the EU Prize for Literature for Catholic Boy, published by Doire Press

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The 10 books shortlisted for the  2019 International Dublin Literary Award

Sally Rooney and Bernard MacLaverty shortlisted for the €100,000 prize

Brexit Day: Eimear McBride, David Park, Sinéad Morrissey, Nick Laird and a host of Irish writers share their views

Will Eaves and Alex Pheby share prize as founder rejects single winner convention

Colin Walsh, Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year 2019

Mike McCormack joins Hall of Fame as Hennessy ends sponsorship after 48 years

Paula Meehan with her partner, fellow poet Theo Dorgan. Photograph: Kenneth O Halloran

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Kevin Breathnach: “His essays demonstrate not only an impressive depth of learning, but an even more necessary depth of feeling,” says Sally Rooney

Listen to the author of ‘Tunnel Vision’ and the man behind the Hennessy Literary Awards

Sarah Davis-Goff: has written an Irish feminist post-apocalyptic novel called Last Ones Left Alive

In advance of St Patrick’s Day, we celebrate leading lights of our creative industries

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 Danielle McLaughlin: “I’m a new writer, but not a young writer, and so it’s fortunate for me that the Windham-Campbell awards recognise the work of writers of all ages!”

Danielle McLaughlin gives her reaction to her huge success and reveals her next project

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk after winning the Man Booker International Prize 2018. Photograph: Matt Crossick/PA

Women make up eight of 13 longlisted authors, with all but two of the books published by independent houses

On International Women’s Day, writers and critics pick the best works by women since 2000

Norma McMaster: wrote  her debut, Silence Under a Stone,  in her 80s

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A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

Nicole Flattery: The White Review short story prize winner signed a six-figure  deal for her first two books

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Michael Longley, Elaine Feeney and eight other Irish poets choose their favourite romantic verse

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages and a round-up of the latest literary news

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

Bart van Es who won the  Costa Book of the Year Award for The Cut Out Girl. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Normal People by Sally Rooney had been favourite to win £30,000 prize

Emilie Pine, winner of the Irish Book of the Year 2018 for Notes to Self, at the An Post Irish Book Awards last November with her Newcomer of the Year Award. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Public voted overall winner from list of individual awards announced in November

Catherine Ryan Howard: Edgar Award nominee

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages and details of a great Eason offer

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

 Napoleon I (1769 - 1821), or Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France, wearing a bicorne hat and holding a small telescope circa 1810. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Harold Evans on concise and meaningful word, and a new insight into Cathal Brugha

Poet Aideen Henry.

A new poem by Aideen Henry

If you buy The Irish Times in Eason’s this weekend you can also buy a copy of Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce for just €4.99, a saving of €6.

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 Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Importance of Being Aisling, three of the bestselling books of the year in Ireland

Aisling novels by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen are biggest Irish success story

If you buy The Irish Times in Eason this weekend, you can save €5 and buy The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen for just €4.99

Buy The Wife Between Us for €4.99 with The Irish Times in Eason this weekend

Crime author Anthony J Quinn on finding refuge in books growing up near the Border

Breandán Mac Suibhne: “It is impossible not to be moved by the humanity with which he writes of his ancestors and their neighbours, or to be provoked by his unconventional epic.” Photograph: Richard Wayman

‘The End of Outrage’ is about aftermath of Famine in historian’s Donegal community

The best reads of 2018 from Ireland and beyond

From Anna Burns’s Milkman to Diarmaid Ferriter's On the Edge, it’s been a strong year

Irish Novel of the Year winner Sally Rooney and Man Booker Prize winner Anna Burns at the An Post Irish Book Awards. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

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Sally Rooney, author of Normal People. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

70-year-old shortlisted for First Novel Award. Judges include RTÉ’s Rick O’Shea

A collage of the 141 longlisted titles

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid leads nominations for world’s most valuable literary prize

John Boyne, Cecelia Ahern and Matt Cooper, three of the authors shorltisted for the 2018 An Post Irish Book Awards. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Emilie Pine, John Boyne, Dervla McTiernan and Liz Nugent shortlisted in two categories

Save €5 on ‘The Innocent Wife’ by Amy Lloyd when you buy Saturday’s Irish Times’ in Eason

Michael Connelly  will open Dublin’s Murder One crime writingh festival with a special preview event on October 28th  in City Hall with Declan Burke moderating. Sadly it is sold out, but you can read his interview with Declan Hughes in The Irish Times this Saturday. Photograph: Beowulf Sheehan

A round-up of Irish book news and events

Anna Burns, winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her novel Milkman. Photograph: EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

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 Nick Laird. Photograph:  Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

Ailbhe Darcy and Nick Laird on 10-strong list picked by Sinéad Morrissey-led panel

 Anna Burns holds her book ‘Milkman’ during a photocall at the Royal Festival Hall in London for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

‘Milkman’ author has been praised for her ‘dazzingly inventive’ writing approach

Anna Burns, whose winning novel is set at the height of the Troubles. Photograph: Eleni Stefano

First Irish writer to win prestigious £50,000 award since Anne Enright in 2007

The  Man Booker Prize 2018 shortlist.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Richard Powers is favourite to win elite prize tonight but Belfast’s Anna Burns is top seller

John Boyne and Markus Zusack in Sydney

‘The Book Thief’ author Markus Zusak talks to John Boyne about his new novel

 John Boyne in his Rathfarnham home. Photograph: Alan Betson

£2,000 prize for ‘compelling storytelling with brilliant characterisation and a distinct voice’

The dusters to dustjackets transformation of part-time Trinity College Dublin cleaner Caitriona Lally to winner of this year’s €10,000 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for emerging Irish writers became one of this week’s most popular stories. Photograph: Alan Betson

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 Caitriona Lally,  winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2018 for emerging Irish writers at Trinity College Dublin today. Photograph: Paul Sharp / SHARPPIX

Author awarded €10,000 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2018 for debut novel ‘Eggshells’

Clockwise from top left: Mike McCormack, Sara Baume, Colin Barrett, Paul McVeigh, Lisa McInerney, Conor O’Callaghan,  Alan McMonagle,   Sally Rooney. Photographs: John Minihan

Literature Ireland’s First Lines portraits, by John Minihan, celebrate the latest wave of Irish authors

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Anna Burns, author of Milkman. Photograph: Eleni Stefanou  Anna Burns, author of Milkman. Photograph: Eleni Stefanou

Fellow longlisted Irish authors Sally Rooney and Donal Ryan fail to make the cut

Sally Rooney, author of Normal People. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Three Irish writers hope to make tomorrow’s shortlist for prestigious £50,000 award

Anna Burns, perhaps the least well-known of the three Irish authors on the longlist, despite her debut, No Bones, being shortlisted for the Orange Prize back in 2002

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Caoilinn Hughes: debut novel Orchid & the Wasp, has been well received

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Wendy Erksine: explores the meanings of home in her debut short story collection Sweet Home, out soon from Stinging Fly Press. PHOTOGRAPH: KHARA PRINGLE

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

Sally Rooney: “I’m looking forward to the challenge of working in a new form, and of thinking about these characters and their lives in new ways.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

If you buy The Irish Times on Saturday in Eason’s, you can purchase The Choice by Edith Eger for €4.99, a saving of €6

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

A worker on a skyscraper in Xiamen,  China: the “Capability Triad” is  a sweet spot of economic progress where skill development, the improved production of goods and organisational change overlap.  Photograph: Reuters

Insightful and expansive study of economic growth is a little heavy on academic language

The judges for the 2018 Man Booker Prize (from left)  Val McDermid, Leanne Shapton, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Leo Robson and Jacqueline Rose. Photograph: Man Booker Prize/PA

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Avedis Hadjian seeks out people in the villages and towns of Western Armenia, chatting to anyone who will talk to him.

Avedis Hadjian presents a genocide-scarred culture where Armenians deny their identity

Photograph: iStock/Getty

John Banville, Kathleen MacMahon, John Boyne, Joseph O’Connor and more on what they’ll be reading

Irish Times Africa Day writing competition winners Oluwasegun Seriki and Lara El-Kadi receive their prizes at The Irish Times today. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Read the work of winners Lara El-Kadi, Natasha Sutton and Oluwasegun Seriki

A  mural in Derry of Annette McGavigan, who was killed age 14 in 1971. Photograph: courtesy of McGavigan family

Duffy and co-writer Freya McClements appeal for families’ help to make book complete

 Hubert Butler in 1987: “This new essay prize is founded to recognize Butler’s achievement in intellectual history, and to encourage the kind of economical but substantial essay-writing which he perfected.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Prize commemorates great Irish writer and humanitarian and promotes essay-writing

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