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A Sixpenny Song

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Not every death is a tragedy. Not every silver lining is intact.

Annie’s father is dead. 514 more words

Contemporary Fiction

Books #83 & 90 - After the Wedding/One Summer

I made a booboo with these books – I read them the wrong way around. One Summer takes place two years before After the Wedding, on the same small island of Roone, off the west coast of Ireland, and with largely the same cast of characters. 455 more words


All Folk’d Up in Belfast

Folk’d Up
Laurence Donaghy
Blackstaff Press; £7.99
Review: Val Nolan

Folk’d, the first part of Laurence Donaghy’s Belfast-set fantasy trilogy, offered readers a contemporary, Joseph Campbell style Hero’s Journey sprinkled with amusing pop-cultural references and an irreverent tone. 956 more words


The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry

A just-married Irishwoman slips out of the church in Galway after signing the register. Tearing the veil from her head, she hands her wedding band to a girl in the street, and rushes on, toward the river, into a grey curtain of rain. 1,699 more words

Ciarán Hinds

The Sweet Science of Bruising.................A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

……….In the early 19th Century, an English journalist and sportswriter, Pierce Egan, published a series of articles about bare-knuckle boxing. He called the sport “The Sweet Science of Bruising” but it’s a description which is perfect for Eimear MacBride’s much-lauded, prize-winning novel “A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing”. 1,021 more words

Book Reviews

Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin

“In a satanic bargain, Melmoth exchanges his soul for immortality. The story of his tortured wanderings through the centuries is pieced together through those who have been implored by Melmoth to take over his pact with the devil. 375 more words