Edna O Brien

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‘No one had wanted to give the book a chance.’ Eimear McBride at Malahide Castle. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Eimear McBride is sitting down. At first glance she appears calm, even serene. But a closer look suggests she may be feeling relieved. She agrees t(...)

Edna O’Brien. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe/Getty

Writer Edna O’ Brien (above), musician Christy Moore, and former rugby International Tony Ward are some of the well-known personalities who reveal (...)

One of the most memorable unhinged characters in contemporary Irish fiction is Francis Brady, the troubled child narrator of Pat McCabe’s The Butcher Boy
Mad men and women in fiction
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  • May 2, 2014, 01:27

Reviewed by Eileen Battersby in The Irish Times this Saturday, Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto (Viking, £14.99) is a near-perfect account of a p(...)

A London Metropolitan Police officer watches a  Connacht championship GAA  game between London and Sligo in Ruislip, Middlesex. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

On a number of occasions since Michael D Higgins’s inauguration, the President of Ireland has spoken about the key role that personal narrative(...)

Emma Donoghue’s Room was inspired by the case of Josef Fritzl, who was jailed for life for the rape and enslavement of his daughter in a cellar over 24 years and causing his son’s death. Photograph: Reuters

In the Forest by Edna O’Brien, 2002 Set in familiar O’Brien territory in the rural west of Ireland, In the Forest is based on the real-life trage(...)

If you were asked to name the book or books that defined Ireland for you, which would you choose? That’s the challenge UCD academics and bestsellin(...)

Majestic scenery, cute hoors and Gaelic Football; three of the most difficult things to avoid whilst galavanting through the Kingdom of Kerry. (...)

Victoria Mary Clarke, second from left, beside her partner, Shane MacGowan, followed by Gerry O’Boyle. Far right, Chris Gascoyne, who plays Peter Barlow

I am sitting in the Coronation Street Rovers Return pub on a Sunday afternoon, having a gin and tonic with Peter Barlow. This is a momentous occasion (...)

Edna O’Brien. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe/Getty

The most striking aspect of Edna O’Brien’s short stories, aside from the consistent mastery with which they are executed, is their diversity. This wri(...)

A salute to Seamus Heaney. Photograph: Belinda Lawley/Southbank Centre

In the darkness, on the bank of the Thames, Seamus Heaney’s voice, one so recently gone, filled the hall, “Between my finger and my thumb. The squat p(...)

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