An interview with Martina Devlin, author of About Sisterland

  Irish author and journalist Martina Devlin was born in Omagh and her new novel About Sisterland imagines a 22nd century world run by women, following the decimation of the male species in a world-altering war. Men are the inferior sex in Sisterland controlled through the use of testosterone-regulating drugs, denied education, segregated from women and used…

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Brian Friel, 1929 – 2015

Brian Friel died yesterday aged 86. Often called the Irish Chekhov, it is fair to say that his death is a loss not just to Ireland but to the world. He may only have written about Ireland, but what he wrote was universal as he constantly explored the boundaries between the past and the present,…

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A Winner and a Finalist

So, we have a winner for October’s Reading Roulette and it is…..drum roll please……The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt. Voting was very close and I have a feeling that I might try and squeeze The Thirteenth Tale and The Hound of the Baskervilles into October’s reading plans as well!   Thanks to everyone who…

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