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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Billy O’Callaghan on why winning a book award didn’t matter. 

Book notes

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

Una MacConville reports on a self-publishing conference.


Jane Mitchell on A Dangerous Crossing, the story of a young Kurdish boy fleeing the Syrian civil war. 

Joseph Horgan talks to the people behind the Doire and New Binary Presses.

Alissa MacMillan finds out how writing groups help authors.

Carolann Copland on the inaugural CAP awards for independent authors.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan can’t help but laugh at Spike Milligan’s Puckoon.

Book focus

Ronan Moore tells how a conversation with his brother led to Irishology.

Annabel Abbs on writing The Joyce girl.


Tony Canavan—Paisanos: the forgotten Irish who changed the face of Latin America, by Tim Fanning.

Rory Brennan—Contentious Terrains: boglands, Ireland, postcolonial Gothic, by Derek Gladwin.

Eleanor Fitzsimons—The Lesser Bohemians, by Eimear McBride.


Cathal Póirtéir—Leabhar na hAthghabhála, edited by Louis de Paor.

Síne Quinn—Time After Time, by Judi Curtin.

Marjorie Quarton—1847: a chronicle of genius, generosity and savagery, by Turtle Bunbury.

Liz Maguire—A Glassful of Letters, by Evelyn Conlon.

Sinéad Fitzgibbon—Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith in Grub Street, by Norma Clarke.

John Gibney—Dublin Since 1922, by Tim Carey.

Joseph Horgan—The Blocks, by Karl Parkinson.

Hugh Oram—Marconi: the man who networked the world, by Marc Raboy.

Hiram Morgan—The Man Who Saved FC Barcelona: the remarkable life of Patrick O’Connell, by Sue O’Connell.

Tom Kennedy—Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland, edited by Mike Young.


Sue Leonard puts the spotlight on newly published authors.

Crime Spree

Paula O’Hare with the latest haul of crime novels.

First Flush

Tony Canavan assesses the new releases sent in since the last issue.

‘My Favourite …’

Annemarie Neary on why she loves the London Library.

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