Eoin Mcnamee

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Eoin McNamee:  “Eoin McNamee’s Blue is the Night is the kind of novel you go looking for,” said judge Gerald Dawe. “It tells a story, it tells it well, and underneath the calm prose style the ground is shifting. It is a truly unforgettable read.”   Photograph: Eric Luke

Eoin McNamee’s Blue Is The Night won the €15,000 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2015 at the opening night of Listowel Writers’ Week. It (...)

David Peace, bestselling author of the Red Riding quartet, wrote: “Blue is the Night completes McNamee’s magnificent Blue Trilogy – establishing it as one of the very finest series of crime novels ever written – and yet, at the same time, this final novel both illuminates and transcends the previous two to stand alone alongside books as great as The Glass Key and Shutter Island as that rarest of things: a genuine, original masterpiece”

Blue is the Night by Eoin McNamee (Faber, £7.99) is the new Irish Times Book Club choice. The third and final novel of his acclaimed Blue Trilogy, fo(...)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric musician who wears a huge false head at all times. The movie has picked up nine Ifta nominations

Two very different films concerning troubled men have topped the nominations for this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta). Lenny Abr(...)

Poetic beauty: Eoin McNamee aims not to provide glib answers but to make us re-evaluate our relationship with the act of storytelling. Photograph: Sarah Lee

‘Every writer sets their own weather,” says Eoin McNamee. If that’s the case, his is a literary landscape of storm and calamity; of real-life m(...)

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Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

Poet Paul Muldoon: “Even at his most vituperative there was a vitality”

There was a strong, though mixed, reaction yesterday to the news of Ian Paisley’s death from the arts community.“Even at his most vituperative there w(...)

Sun worshipper: August Engelhardt, founder of the Cocovore community

‘There’s this true story about when Oliver North came to Ireland,” says Adrian McKinty. “It’s a crackpot idea, but he gets himself an Irish passport a(...)

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(...)

Alex Higgins is to be the subject of Eoin McNamee’s next novel, Hurricane, supported by a £15,000 grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

A musical about Lough Derg, a fiction based on the life of snooker star Alex “Hurricane” Higgins and a novel about a small-town weekly Northern(...)

Michael Connelly. Photograph: David Livingston/Getty Images

Once upon a time, crime writers in Ireland were few and far between. These days it’s not so much a case of “whodunnit”, or even “who’s doing it”, as “(...)

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