When Books Ireland founding publisher, Jeremy Addis, announced publication was to cease in late 2013, the Wordwell team couldn’t bear to see this wonderful publication disappear and took over its production in early 2014. The ‘new’ Books Ireland is now available in both print and digital formats and is enjoying a new lease of life with a full-colour format, a layout revamp, a move to bi-monthly publication and a recently launched mobile app. It celebrated its 40th anniversary in March 2016.

Books Ireland is committted to the publication of responsible critique of literary output in Ireland and offers a unique insight into the latest trends and developments in the Irish book world. Each issue contains a series of reviews, from indepth two-page features to shorter synopsis of all recent titles in our First Flush listing. The Book Notes section provides the latest news on festivals, literary awards and our talented contributors leave no page unturned in their quest to review as many new Irish titles as possible within 60 pages.

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Clare O’Dea, who lives in Switzerland, explains the challenges of being an Irish writer abroad.

Book notes

Tony Canavan with the latest news from the world of books.


Roisín O’Donnell looks at the new wave of magical realism among Irish writers.

Celtic Connections: Caoimhe Fox finds out about Scottish publishers and Irish authors.

Caoimhe Fox reports on what’s happening around the globe for St Patrick’s Day.

Tony Canavan and Una MacConville find out about the recent collaboration between Irish Academic Press and UCD Press.

Una MacConville tells the story of PEN and its importance today.

Ciara Regan and Tony Daly talk about their Irish book with a global impact.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan looks at the largely forgotten Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier.

Book focus

Amanda Bell tells the story behind a book borrowed from Marsh’s Library for over 100 years.


Hugh McFaddenThe Letters of Samuel Beckett, Vol. IV, 1966–1989, edited by Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Dan Gunn, George Craig and Lois More Overbeck.

Christine O’NeillTime Pieces: a Dublin memoir, by John Banville.

Kevin KielyThe Twelve Apostles, by Tim Pat Coogan.


Anne O’LearyThrough the Barricades, by Denise Deegan.

Andrew DoyleTitanic: culture and calamity, by John Wilson Foster.

Tony CanavanThe Crying of the Wind, by Ithell Colquhoun.

Anne CunninghamHumans of Dublin, by Peter Varga.

Caroline HurleyThe Making of Molly, by Anna Carey.

John KirkaldyThe Poetry of Vision, by Peter Shortt.

Aubrey MaloneA Man with One of those Faces, by Caimh McDonnell.

Matthew FarrellyAn Apology for Roses, by John Broderick.

Joe HorganMadhouse System, by Graham Allen.


Sue Leonard picks out the best of new books from début writers.

Crime Spree

Paula O’Hare finds out what’s cooking in the Irish crime scene.

‘My Favourite …’

Michèle Callan writes about her favourite time of day for working on a book with her father-in-law.

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Books Ireland March/April 2017

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