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Debut Roundup. July and August 2016

The Last Days of Summer. Vanessa Ronan: Penguin Ireland.  When Jasper Curtis returns home to the small prairie town in Texas having spent ten years in the Huntsville State Penitentiary, his sister, Lizzie welcomes the brother…

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Henrietta McKervey

Mags Jensen’s memory isn’t all it was. And although she hasn’t, yet, got a diagnosis, both she and her doctor fear that her many lapses herald the onset of dementia. Her elder daughter, Anita, who, living…

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Joanna Walsh

Joanna Walsh rushes into the hotel for our interview, telling me she’s just come from the Irish Writer’s Centre. As well as publicising Vertigo, her latest collection of short stories, she’s in Dublin interviewing people for…

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Patrick Flanery

The author Patrick Flanery is American. He was raised in Omaha, Nebraska; but talking to him on the phone from his home in London, it is difficult to detect any American in his accent. Rather it…

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Emily Hourican

When Emily Hourican secured a book deal back in June 2015, she was on cloud nine. Her editor Ciara Doorley was wildly enthusiastic, and Emily worked on the structural edits over the summer. It had been…

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Helen Dunmore

When we think of England in the sixties, it’s the Beatles that spring to mind. We remember swinging London, and Carnaby Street; the mini skirt and a time of liberation; but when that decade began, things…

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Christine Hamill

After University Christine wrote poetry, but she never published any. She had various jobs; she worked in the Arts in Bristol; she managed an Art Gallery, worked on an Arts Magazine, and wrote a grammar for…

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Catherine Banner

Catherine Banner started her first novel when she was 14. And when, later, she attended a talk on writing, and showed her work to an agent, he found a publisher for it. Attending Cambridge, she wrote…

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Roisin O’Donnell

Brought up in England to Northern Irish parents, Roisín has always felt a sense of dislocation. A writer since she was small, she had completed three novels by the time she was 24. “I wrote the…

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Sam Blake

Sam Blake is the pen name of Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin. Vanessa always worked – right through school and university, and after college she worked in retail in London, and then in shopping centre marketing. “It was…

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Conor O’Callaghan

From a non cultural background, Conor wrote, secretively, in his teens. “When I published my first book of poetry at 24, it came as a shock to my brothers.” After dropping out of College Conor did…

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Adrian White

Robert Lanaghan is a writer. Or at least he was, but since his second book was published, he hasn’t actually done any writing. Life has got in the way. There was his passionate affair with Siobhan…

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