Author Niamh Campbell: The quality of her  writing in This Happy is top notch.

“Life does not have a narrative. This is only a way of choosing to see and usually for sinister purposes. To explain oneself and give substance to the(...)

Naoise Dolan: The observations are keen, heartfelt and delivered in a brutally nonchalant style

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Sarah-Davis Goff’s Last Ones Left Alive is an inventive, vividly realised feminist dystopia.

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Comedian Alison Spittle.

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Lucy Sweeney Byrne is a skilful writer. Her memorable descriptions flow in long, elegant sentences.

Paris Syndrome, the title of Lucy Sweeney Byrne’s debut collection, is an apparently real psychological condition brought on by dismay when the City o(...)

Nicole Flattery: her style is bold and bracing and has no bones about it

“At seventy, after suffering several disappointments, the first being my mother, the second being me, my father died.” The opening line of Nicole Flat(...)

Sarah Davis-Goff. Photo by Bríd Donovan

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