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(...)