Reading Ireland Month: Week 4 round-up #readingirelandmonth21

It’s hard to believe that the final full week of Reading Ireland Month is now done! I had a lot going on this week and lost a bit of impetus, so didn’t post quite as much as I wanted to. This week I reviewed:

I also posted about forthcoming non-fiction books by Irish writers that I’m looking forward to.

Your posts have been coming thick and fast this week and to date, with a mere three days of the month to go, there have been 94 posts relating to Reading Ireland Month, which is amazing! It would be great to make it to 100 by Wednesday!

  • Lizi at Just One More Page reviewed The Long March by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick which sounds just fascinating!
  • It was great to see a review of some Irish crime as Bitter Tea and Mystery read The Secret Place by Tana French
  • More crime, this time Carla at Carla Loves to Read reviewed After the Fire by Jane Casey.
  • Carla also reviewed an audio book of Sally Rooney’s Normal People
  • Naomi at Consumed by Ink reviewed Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary, alongside West by Carys Davies for this year’s Wales Readathon.
  • Rachel at Pace, Amore, Libre reviewed The Art of Falling, the new novel from Danielle McLaughlin.
  • The brilliant Reese Warner at Typings reviewed Fergus by Brian Moore, this month’s read for the Brian Moore at 100 readalong.
  • Annabel at Annabookbel reviewed two books for Reading Ireland Month – The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien and The Guts by Roddy Doyle – with one reading experience being more successful than the other!
  • Over on Instagram, My Cat Jeoffrey reviewed The Revolution Script by Brian Moore, which sounds fascinating.

In other Irish bookish news this week, Doireann Ní Ghríofa made yet another shortlist with her wonderful book A Ghost in the Throat which has been listed in this year’s Republic of Consciousness Prize, while Colum McCann’s Apierogon was once again shortlisted, this time for the International Dublin Literary Award.

I was delighted by the news this week that Mary Lavin is to become the first female Irish writer to have a public space named after her.

Mary Lavin

The quarter-acre square at Wilton Park in Dublin is part of a major redevelopment and Mary Lavin Place will link Lad Lane, where she lived for many years, to Wilton Park. A naming ceremony on Friday will coincide with the 25th anniversary of Lavin’s death in 1996 aged 83. I reviewed Happiness, a wonderful collection of her short stories for Reading Ireland Month a few years ago.

There are just a few more days left in Reading Ireland Month so next week I’ll be posting a round up of some other Irish books I’ve been reading this month and I’ll be heading across the world to take part in Kim’s Southern Cross Crime Month, with an Irish twist of course!

As always, thanks to everyone who has posted, commented, tweeted and retweeted this week. If you have posted and I’ve missed it, let me know in the comments and don’t forget to follow along at the hashtag #readingirelandmonth21 for the last few days of this year’s event!

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  1. To help you get to 100 comments! I hopped over to read Bitter Tea and Mystery’s review of the Tra French crime story as I’m a big fan – with a few reservations. i was pleased to see that I’m not the only one who would be happier if she would desist from including an element of the supernatural in her books. It’s totally unnecessary and, for me, it detracts from the pace and flow of the story. But, I’ll still keep reading her books as her characters are so brilliant, the settings equally so.

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  2. You’re so good at doing these wrap up posts, Cathy. I wanted to do something similar for Southern Cross Crime month but then the immigration department here has pushed for more paperwork for my partner’s spousal visa and we have been mired in admin. I’m also in the throes of looking for a new place to live (my landlord has put my flat up for sale) so it’s been a bit FULL ON. I was hoping to have reviewed Dervla McTieran’s The Ruin for your Reading Ireland Month but I’m fast running out of time. I’m about a third of the way through (it’s excellent by the way) but I might be able to get it written up at Easter when I’m looking forward to a few days off.


      • The past two weeks have been very fraught… but we are getting there SLOWLY. Our police checks from both the UK and Australia have arrived today, so that’s one less thing to worry about.

        Speaking of police (did you like that segue?), I can’t wait to see what you think of The Ruin. I’m very impressed by what I have read so far…

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  3. Happy news about Mary Lavin!

    You must have been so incredibly busy this month (and leading up to). As always, you have done an amazing job of Reading Ireland Month! It’s always so fun, even if I have trouble keeping up with it all. Now time for a good rest! 🙂


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