There’s some Irish in me and some on my bookshelves, too, but this March, with Reading Ireland hosted by Cathy at 746 Books and memories of reading Irish short stories with Mel at The Reading Life, I went for a library browse to add to the volumes I’d pulled from my shelves.
The first plucked were Kate O’Brien’s […]
The dedication to Padma Viswanathan’s second novel: For the lost, and for the living.
Random House of Canada, 2014
Therein, the reader haa a clue, for The Ever After of Ashwin Rao is equally preoccupied with losing and living.
The novel opens in 2004, on the precipice of the trial which was to address the 1985 fatal bombing […]
If only the word ‘waltz’ appeared like a stain on the sheets — this would be the perfect cover image.
For now, Gina Moynihan stands back and looks at the bed that she and Seán Vallely shared, and it’s a messy sight. Messy, but still fresh: you can see the indents and folds in the fabrics.
A quick glance at my bookshelves and you would think that Jane Urquhart is one of my favourite authors.
I have all of her novels save one — a couple of hardcovers purchased new — but I have a habit of leaving them unfinished.
Nonetheless, the themes she pursues in her fiction are just the […]