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Ruth Ware

Ruth has always written stories. As a teenager, the stories became longer and longer – the size of full length books. But it was a while before she actually became a writer. After university she spent…

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Alison Walsh

WHEN Alison Walsh’s elder son saw the cover of her debut novel, he was a little alarmed. Underneath the title, All That I Leave Behind, was the sentence, What makes a mother abandon her children?’ Looking…

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Debut Roundup. July/August 2015

Pond. Claire-Louise Bennett, The Stinging Fly. It’s extremely hard to describe Claire-Louise’s debut. Even the author, who comes from England but lives in Galway, isn’t too sure whether Pond is a collection of short stories, a…

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Jax Miller

After a difficult early life, Jax dropped out of school, and hitchhiked around America. There were bouts of drug taking and homelessness. At 22, in rehab, her Born Again Christian  counsellor suggested she write a journal,…

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M.O. Walsh

M.O. Walsh has been writing since the 8th grade, when he discovered literature through Edgar Allan Poe. It’s all he’s ever wanted to do. Since finally leaving college at 27, he has been teaching creative writing;…

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Jane Urquhart

The Canadian novelist Jane Urquhart has spent so much time in Ireland, particularly Kerry, that she has based her latest book — The Night Stages — here. She spoke to Sue Leonard about her more than…

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Oisin Fagan

Oisín has been writing since he was 9. At 19 he dropped out of college for a year, to be a writer. “I wrote full time, and worked nights. Then I went back to complete my…

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Debut Roundup. May and June.

Weightless. Sarah Bannan. Bloomsbury. It’s the summer in a High School in small town Alabama, and a group of girls watch as the cheerleaders perform their practised routines. Wondering at their sheer perfection, their air of…

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Kelly Creighton

After college Kelly worked in a special school, then she worked with adults who had learning difficulties. Once her four children were born, she trained as an arts facilitator, and though she was interested in writing,…

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Lisa McInerney

John Murray, €17.99; Kindle, €12.51 JOSEPH O’Connor called The Glorious Heresies, Lisa McInerney’s debut novel, a punchy, edgy, sexy fizzing feast; Kevin Barry called its author “totally and unmistakably the real deal,” and Colin Barrett, Donal…

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Caitriona Lally

Interested in science, Caitriona started studying speech therapy at college, but she dropped out, took a year out, and studied English. “Then I went to Japan to teach for a year with my boyfriend, then we…

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David Shafer

David credits his father for his love of books. He studied journalism with the hope of becoming an inteprid investiagative reporter, but soon found it was a career he wasn’t suited for. “I wrote for a…

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