New Short Book Reviews – April 2017

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Bless me gods of all literature, it has been 2 months since my last post  of reviews and in that time I have read… Lisa McInerney – The Blood Miracles If you remember how much I liked her debut The Glorious Heresies then it may not come as an enormous surprise to find that the continuing story of Ryan and those that surround him in Cork is just as compelling. Fast, elegantly written in a world of drugs, amorality and dance music but an expansion on the first book that’s far more than a sequel – you end up so […]

April ROSBC Books Of The Month

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I’m glad so many of you guessed one of these and pretty much no-one guessed the other! Our two reads for April are very, very different but both *very* worthwhile. CIarán McMenamin’s Skintown is a debut novels set in the 90s in Enniskillen where a couple of young lads get caught in a huge drug deal on the rave scene between provisionals of both stripes just after the IRA ceasefire. I read the first page of this and was immediately hooked. It’s rattlingly written, hugely immersive, funny too. Adored it. Our second choice is the non-fiction Raqqua Diaries written by […]

Tracy Chevalier, Alan Cumming And More…

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It’s been one of those days… Two announcements to make – one ROSBC and one not, but a brilliant, brilliant couple of nights to be had. Firstly, our next Book Club event is May 9th with Tracy Chevalier in Dubray Books, Grafton Street. I’ll be interviewing her and she’ll be signing. We may even have drinks afterwards 🙂 The FB event is here – mark yourself as “going” to get any updates. The second one is a monster. I’m genuinely thrilled to announce that I’ll be interviewing Alan Cumming at this year’s Listowel Writers’ Festival on the June Bank Holiday […]

#ReadWomen – International Women’s Day 2017

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A thought after something was mentioned in the ROSBC (you can join my book club HERE) and as a result of it a one-stop shop of brilliant books written by women that I’ve read in the last 3 years or so that you might not have stumbled on from every possible genre. All have full reviews if you click on the title. Shirley Jackson – We Have Always Lived In The Castle Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale Naomi Klein – This Changes Everything Susan Cain – Quiet – The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking Emily St. […]