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'The Little Red Chairs' by Edna O'Brien

Fiction – hardcover; Faber & Faber; 320 pages; 2015. Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien is the Irish writer’s first novel in 10 years. 775 more words


Edna O'Brien, The Little Red Chairs

This is my first book by this celebrated Irish author who has lived most of her life in London, but from whom I have heard she is a keen critique of Irish society, especially the claustrophobic aspects related to Catholicism and small town life, probably not unlike what we could have said about life in my native Québec some decades ago… 493 more words

Read For Fun


Edna O’Brien is one those authors whose voice you can hear reading to you as your eyes scan the page.  The Little Red Chairs opens in familiar O’Brien territory; rural, remote and coastal Ireland. 301 more words

Book Reviews

Carried away and now counting the cost

It is not a good idea at 5am on a Sunday morning to begin browsing the Net Galley catalogue of titles available for review. Of course that only became apparent a few weeks later when the request approvals began coming through and I realised a) how many I had requested b) how much reading I would need to do between now and mid November. 755 more words


Completely Dissimilar: Edna O'Brien's The Love Object: Selected Stories, & Dodie Smith's The New Moon With the Old

I used to love writing “Mirabile Does Middlebrow” posts.

They were fun and no pressure, short columns in which I bunched together  five or six books. 1,311 more words

The 15 Best Fiction Books of 2015 So Far

Nothing is sacred in contemporary fiction! That’s the lesson taught by the best books (so far) of 2015. From high-comedic novels that challenge race, class, and gender lines to short stories that lunge at the borders of literary form, from re-imaginations of literary classics set among immigrant communities to reinventions of autobiography — in a few short months, the fiction of 2015 has thrived on iconoclasm. 1,215 more words