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

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

Sarah Moss, author and new creative writing assistant professor at UCD. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell for The Irish Times

Sarah Moss, acclaimed author of Ghost Wall, talks about leaving Brexit behind to move to Ireland and teach in UCD

The latest book news and a sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

Jonathan Coe: the judges called his 13th novel, Middle England, a scathingly comic portrayal of the social and family divisions that bedevil Brexit Britain, “the perfect novel for now”. Photograph: Getty Images

Jonathan Coe’s Middle England wins novel award as debut authors win three categories

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, a Holocaust love story based on a true story

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is Ireland’s bestselling book for a second year

Caragh Maxwell: a second-year student at Sligo IT, her essay was the most popular article in Irish Times Books this year

A student’s moving essay on her body pipped Irish writers’ views on Brexit for first place

Diana Athill’s prose is luscious, her themes contemporary and the narrative will entertain the reader until the end. File photograph: Eamonn McCabe

Brief reviews of Don’t Look at Me Like That, The Manager’s Tale, Above Average at Games, Stories of the Sahara, Through Her Eyes a(...)

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Eithne Shortall: Three Little Truths also tackles weighty subjects

Book reviews: Three Little Truths by Eithne Shortall; Wittgenstein’s Nephew by Thomas Bernhard; Farewell Happy Fieldsby Norah Houl(...)

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages and round-up of Irish book news and events

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages and round-up of Irish book news and events

Irish writers and critics on their favourite fiction and nonfiction of the past 12 months

 Caitriona Lally, award-winning author of Eggshells. Photograph: Alan Betson

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 Edna O’Brien  at her home in London in 2006. Photograph: Frank Miller

Country Girls author receives £40,000 David Cohen prize which is seen as Nobel precursor

 Joseph O’Connor: Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. Photograph: Eric Cabanis / AFP/ Getty Images

Author last week won Irish Novel Award for his biographical fiction about Bram Stoker

Actor Christopher Eccleston has written a deeply personal book about his life and career. File photograph: BBC Pictures

Brief reviews of I Love the Bones of You, The Sea Cloak and Other Stories and Resist! How to be an Activist in the Age of Defiance

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Joseph O’Connor: winner of Novel of the Year for Shadowplay. Photograph: Gerry Stanford

Joseph O’Connor, Sinéad Gleeson, Joe Duffy and Freya McClements among winners

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Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018, has been longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. Photograph: EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Anna Burns, Sally Rooney, David Park, Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke vie for €100,000 prize

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Rick O’Shea

A sneak preview of this Saturday’s books pages and details of our Eason book offer

At the An Post Irish Book Awards  shortlist announcement were nominated authors Richie Sadlier, Sinead Moriarty, Joseph O’Connor, Catherine Ryan Howard, Andrea Corr, Sophie White, Peter Donnelly and Caelainn Hogan. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Kevin Barry and Edna O’Brien up for Novel of the Year and Aisling authors shortlisted again

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Sarah Crossan: Here is the Beehive, about an affair which ends in tragedy and then takes a twist, is to be published next August. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

Ciaran Carson

Sinéad Morrissey, John Banville and fellow writers salute a great man and a great poet

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A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

Mark O’Connell has been awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2019 at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Fennell Photography

To Be A Machine author won Wellcome Prize last year for exploration of transhumanism

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Danielle McLaughlin: “I’m a new writer, but not a young writer. It’s never too late for anybody to start writing and human beings don’t stop having stories to tell, just because we’ve got older.” Photograph: Claire O’Rorke

Win caps rich year for Cork author after $165,000 Windham-Campbell Prize in March

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 Lyra McKee: “sought truth as a journalist not simply by asking difficult questions, but perhaps more crucially by listening rigorously – and open-heartedly – to the answers.” Photograph:  Jess Lowe/ AFP / Getty Images

Lyra McKee: Lost, Found, Remembered will be published next April

Catherine O’Flynn: “it’s often themes and atmospheres I’m keen to get across. I quite like books that don’t have much of a plot.”

Martin Doyle interviews award-winning Birmingham Irish novelist Catherine O’Flynn

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Frank Ormsby: “The collaboration of three universities and both arts councils is a bold venture and I am honoured and thrilled to be part of it.”

Enniskillen poet was long-time editor of Honest Ulsterman and anthologist of Northern poetry

The books that have been shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. Photograph: The Booker Prize/PA Wire

Winner of £50,000 prize won last year by Anna Burns to be revealed next month

Aerial view of the Hodson Bay Hotel on Lough Ree.

A trip down the world’s tallest inflatable water slide is a heart-racing introduction

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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 sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

“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

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

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