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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Kevin Kiely reflects on the challenges faced in writing about a controversial figure.

Book notes

Tony Canavan with the latest news from the book world.


Terence Killeen on why James Joyce should be seen as a contemporary writer.

Frank Shovlin on working with the John McGahern papers.

Mary Branley gives us the inside story of Across an Open Field.

Short-story competition

Festival focus

A round-up of what’s happening and where in the Irish literary festival scene.

Giulia Rosetti has the low-down on Ireland’s literary festivals.

Book focus

Andrew Carpenter on how he discovered the Poems of Olivia Elder.

Bookshop focus

Una MacConville peeks inside Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan on the real book behind film versions of Gulliver’s Travels.


Cathal PóirtéirAn Choill by Liam Mac Cóil.

Rory BrennanJonathan Swift: the reluctant rebel by John Stubbs.

Tony CanavanThe Rule of the Land: walking Ireland’s border by Garrett Carr.


David O’DonoghueEcholand by Joe Joyce.

Hugh OramThe Little Book of Sandymount by Kurt Kullmann.

Joanne O’SullivanI’m an Old Commie! by Dan Lungu.

John Gibney—To Hell or Monto: the story of Dublin’s most notorious districts by Maurice Curtis.

Catherine Ann CullenSummer Rain by Noel Duffy.

Sinéad FitzgibbonTeethmarks on my Tongue by Eileen Battersby.

Con O’RourkePioneers, Showmen and the RFC: early aviation in Ireland 1909–1914 by Guy Warner.

Síne QuinnOnce We Sang Like Other Men by John MacKenna.


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

Crime Spree

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

‘My Favourite …’

Mia Gallagher explains what attracts her to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

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Books Ireland May/June 2017

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