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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Mary Kenny asks why the Irish only recognise fiction and poetry when defining a writer.

Book notes

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

Short story competition results.


Jeremy Addis, 1931–2016

An obituary by Kevin Kiely.

A personal tribute by Michael O’Brien.

Gift guide

Christmas Gift Guide

Our Christmas book guide is tailored to find the right book for family and friends. Compiled by Tony Canavan and Caoimhe Fox.


Barry Montgomery examines Ruth Gilligan’s Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan and Jews in Irish literature.

Paul Bolger describes how the graphic novel Hound is going to the big screen.

Una MacConville discovers the Ox Mountain Book Bindery.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan looks at Orson Wells’s film of Trouble in the Glen.

Book focus

Mary Davies assesses the newly published Heritage Irish Plants—Plandaí Oidhreachta.


Hugh McFaddenImaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in Them, by Paula Meehan.

Kevin KielyThe Ordnance Survey and Modern Irish Literature, by Cóilín Parsons.

Anne O’LearyThe End of the Modern World, by Anthony Cronin.


Carina McNallyAn Island Community: the ebb and flow of the Great Blasket island, by Mícheál de Mórdha.

Fred JohnstonThe Future Always Makes Me So Thirsty: new poets from the North of Ireland, edited by Sinéad Morrissey and Stephen Connolly.

Aubrey MaloneI’ll Drop You a Line: a life with David Marcus, by Ita Daly.

John GibneyMore than Concrete Blocks: Dublin city’s twentieth-century buildings and their stories. Volume 1, 1900–40, edited by Ellen Rowley.

David O’DonoghueHeroes of Jadotville: the soldiers’ story, by Rose Doyle.

Anne CunninghamThe Years that Followed, by Catherine Dunne.

Carla King100 Irish Stories of the Great War: Ireland’s experience of the 1914–1918 conflict, by Steven Moore.

Jennifer MartinOscar Wilde’s Elegant Republic: transformation, dislocation and fantasy in fin-de-siècle Paris, by David Charles Rose.


Sue Leonard puts the spotlight on the best of newly published authors.

Crime Spree

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

First Flush

Tony Canavanassesses the new releases sent in since the last issue.

‘My Favourite …’

Declan Burke explains why he just cannot put down John Fowles’s The Magus.

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Books Ireland November/December 2016

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