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Authors and critics choose the books that have moved and impressed them this year Colm Tóibín Hilary Fannin’s ‘The Weight of Love’ is a complex(...)

Novelist Eimear Ryan. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

You wait years and years for a book deal, and then two come along at once. Eimear Ryan has been writing in one form or another for over 13 years. Ther(...)

Kjersti A Skomsvold writes with empathetic clarity on the sensibility of the artist

Billed as a portrait of the artist as a young mother, Kjersti A Skomsvold’s The Child delivers a concise, compelling account of the journey from singl(...)

Nell Frizzell: Gives an extraordinary amount of detail about everyday events

 “Fertility is such a difficult feminist issue because our biology hasn’t caught up with our politics.” In her bracing debut, The Panic Years, jo(...)

The court heard that after Bernard Joyce was cautioned by gardaí, he made no comment other than indicating that he “liked onions”. File photograph: Frank Miller

A man found with almost €1 million gardaí believed was destined for the Kinahan cartel in a bag of onions inside his campervan will be returned to jai(...)

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In Phoenicia and other parts of the ancient world, ancestors of what is today the letter H featured not just one but several bars across the middle, m(...)

Doireann Ní Ghríofa:  Stands apart with her lyrical prose and the stoic, almost noble sensibility that runs through her autofiction.

“I could donate my days to finding her, I tell myself, I could do that, and I will.” The urge to give – of her time, her body, her intellect – is the (...)

Normal People: Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures/RTÉ

With all that’s going on in the world, it’s hard to begrudge people a bit of harmless nostalgia. Sure enough, it’s Throwback Thursday on Liveline (RTÉ(...)

Brendan and Breda Butler safely indoors in their home in Malahide, Co Dublin: they will take refuge in reading. Photograph: Tom Honan

Brendan Butler (77) and Breda (72) were surviving day three of “the Cocoon” on Monday despite a feeling of being “hemmed in” in their north Co Dublin (...)

Sinéad Gleeson:  “Buy vouchers for theatres and make a pact with yourself to see more plays when we’re out the other side of this pandemic.” Photograph:  Bríd O’Donovan

Current favourite book Elaine Feeney’s As You Were is published soon and tells the story of a woman who has cancer but keeps it from her family,(...)

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