Articles

Caroline Grace-Cassidy

Caroline Grace-Cassidy is looking glamorous when we meet in a Dublin café on a Monday afternoon.  She’s arrived fresh from TV3 where she was appearing on The Elaine Show – the show hosted by Elaine Crowley,…

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Bernard MacLaverty

In a dream life, Bernard MacLaverty would be a pianist. He can’t play the piano; he can’t read music either, but he’s a passionate listener, and has been so since wisps of opera drifted up the…

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Carmel Harrington

Just before I met Carmel Harrington in a gloriously sunny Enniscorthy, she had a text from her editor in Hodder. It said they loved the first draft of her recently commissioned novel. “It’s such a relief,”…

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Debut Roundup for Books Ireland. September and October, 2017

Sally Rooney. Conversations Between Friends. Faber and Faber.  I’d heard hype about Sally Rooney long before I saw her debut, so it came with a weight of expectation. Often such advance praise does a writer a…

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Karen M. McManus

Karen started writing books at 7, but by 18, as the plots got complicated, she couldn’t finish anything, and gave up. She worked in Washington DC, for a political consulting firm. After three years, married, she…

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Min Kym

Min left Korea for London aged 3. Soon, she had lessons in the violin, and by seven she was a prodigy.  She won her first international competition aged 11. “I felt comfortable performing the violin; it…

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K.J. Howe

A Canadian, Kimberley’s family moved around the world while she was growing up – to Africa, the Middle East, Puerto Rico and Europe. “I started reading at two, but didn’t write until my late twenties. When…

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Elizabeth Day

Three years ago, Elizabeth Day was writing a novel based on her experience of growing up, as an English girl, in 1990’s Northern Ireland. She’d got 40,000 words in, but it wasn’t working out. “It was…

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Sarah Carroll

Although Sarah loved reading as a child, she didn’t think of writing until she was in her thirties. “I’m very scientific. English was my most feared subject in school.” She worked in geophysics for a year,…

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Sarah Franklin

Before attending university, Sarah spent a year in Austria working as an au pair. Gaining her degree at 23, she worked in London for a high-school exchange programme, but at 29, she switched to publishing. “I…

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Min Jin Lee

It’s a gloriously sunny May day when I meet Min Jin Lee, and her radiant smile reflects the weather. She’s gorgeous – full of warmth and good humour – and she raves about Dublin, considering it…

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Arundhati Roy

THERE are writers who plan their novels down to a tee; who believe they are God, deciding exactly how their characters will act; there are those whose plans are looser — and who declare constant surprise…

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