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Northern Exposure: The International by Glenn Patterson (book 13 of #20booksofsummer)

Novels about the city of Belfast have a tendency to be set during the Troubles. It is too ingrained in the very fabric of life here to be otherwise. Glenn Patterson’s novel The International does something different. In January 1967, the inaugural meeting of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association too place in The International…

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No 535 Maeve Brennan Wit, Style and Tragedy: an Irish Writer in New York by Angela Bourke

Maeve Brennan, like her fellow New Yorker writer Mary Lavin, is one of those Irish writers that everyone should have heard of, but whose body of work hasn’t received the attention it deserves. In Wit, Style and Tragedy: an Irish Writer in New York, Angela Bourke aims to redress that balance and to return Maeve…

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No 540 Girl with Green Eyes (The Country Girls #2) by Edna O’Brien plus giveaway! #readingirelandmonth19

It’s week two of Reading Ireland Month and this week I will be highlighting classic Irish literature. Last week saw the launch of the programme for the 2019 Dublin One City One Book festival, which this year features The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien. The Country Girls Trilogy joins a long list of illustrious…

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No 547 Animals by Keith Ridgway

A few year ago I read, and loved, Hawthorn & Child by Keith Ridgway. A surreal esoteric detective novel, its weirdness was wonderful so I was highly anticipating this earlier novel, Animals. Ostensibly, Animals charts the mental and physical breakdown of an unnamed narrator, as he wanders around his city and becomes terrifyingly aware of…

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