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Here are the shortlisted entries for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017. TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year The(...)

Colum McCann: I feel like I have a dozen jobs but they all are pulled magnetically towards the one that truly matters. All these jobs and pastimes funnel, eventually, towards the thing that keeps me going: the act and art of storytelling. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Last month, I went to a talk at the Dublin Book Festival: Writing for Young Adults and Children – Eoin Colfer, John Connolly and Marie-Louise Fitzpat(...)

Gabriel Byrne as Quirke: the pathologist returns in Even the Dead, the seventh novel in the series by Benjamin Black (aka John Banville). Photograph: Steffan Hill/BBC

The series of mystery novels by Benjamin Black (aka John Banville) set in 1950s Dublin grow increasingly impressive, even as his protagonist, the path(...)

Steve Lenox, President Irish Network USA (left), Sally Mulready Irish Elderly Advice Network and Council of State member and Billy Lawless, cChairman of Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform  at the Global Irish Civic Forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Loneliness and isolation are among the biggest challenges facing new Irish emigrants abroad, which can often lead to depression and sometimes suici(...)

Author Liz Nugent. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Liz Nugent has spent most of her working life in broadcasting and has written for TV and Radio. Her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, published this(...)

Read hot: summer reading at Bull Wall, Dollymount. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

1 Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (Vintage, £11.99) We tend to think children will resemble(...)

Behind bars: Harlan Coben. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Since publishing his debut, Play Dead, in 1990, Harlan Coben has alternated between writing standalone thrillers and novels in the Myron Bolitar serie(...)

Sinead Crowley: “the last book that made me text everyone I knew and demand they buy it was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Sinead Crowley, RTÉ’s arts and media correspondent, is the author of Can Anybody Help Me? (Quercus, £12.99). A self-confessed internet addict, she (...)