No 485 Fat Lad by Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson’s Fat Lad has long been described as one of the quintessential Belfast novels. The title comes from a mnemonic used in Northern Ireland to remember the names of the six counties – Fermanagh, Antrim, Tyrone, Londonderry, Armagh, Down – and yet the entire book is set in the capital city. Drew Linden, Belfast…

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No 487 The Last Girl by Jane Casey

The Last Girl is the third in Jane Casey’s popular and critically acclaimed Maeve Kerrigan series, with the most recent installment, The Cutting Place, just published. While the books can be read out of order, I would advise starting at the beginning, because one of the pleasures of this series is seeing the relationships between…

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