Richard Roper sets up a compelling mystery from the beginning of his debut novel

Here’s a challenge: try to get through Richard Roper’s debut novel Something to Live For without humming Blue Moon. The charming, touching story about(...)

Oyinkan Braithwaite: offbeat and irreverent humour

For anyone languishing in the family home in those dead days between Christmas and new year – turkey demolished, Christmas specials watched, Scrabble (...)

Bursting shelves in The Last Book Shop on Camden Street: Book sales in Ireland are up by 7 per cent this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Store manager of the Winding Stair Maire Griffin flits around book-laden tables, clambering over a dog lead, to add another text to the growing pile i(...)

AJ Pearce's novel ‘Dear Mrs Bird’ is cheerful and hopeful about people sticking together through difficult times. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I was once at a literary festival where a panel of serious male authors discussed how they mentally and physically prepared themselves for writing the(...)

A retelling of King Lear set in a corrupt, contemporary India. A young Finnish girl’s bleakly funny immigrant childhood. A Trinity graduate’s languid (...)

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(...)