• Books Ireland November/December 2017

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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Margaret Bonass Madden on the importance of honest reviewing.

Book notes

Tony Canavan with news from the world of books.


John Kirkaldy recently spent a day at Oscar Wilde’s grave in Paris.

Bríd O’Sullivan looks back on ten years of Poetry Aloud.

Christmas books—a guide

Some ideas for the perfect gift for the book-lover in your life.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan on the film version of James Joyce’s take on Christmas, The Dead.

Bookshop focus

Liam Donnelly celebrates 250 years of the Hodges Figgis bookshop.

Book focus

John Gibney assesses the newly published Atlas of the Irish Revolution.

Laurence Fenton looks deeper into F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Irishness.


Hugh McFadden—Joyce in Court: James Joyce and the law, by Adrian Hardiman.

Lavinia Greacen—Masquerade: treason, the Holocaust and an Irish imposter, by Mark M. Hull and Vera Moynes.

Kevin Kiely—Balkan Essays, by Hubert Butler.


Eimear Goggin—In Sight of Yellow Mountain: a year in the Irish countryside, by Philip Judge.

Síne Quinn—The Ludlow Ladies Society, by Ann O’Loughlin.

Marjorie Quarton—To Raise the Fallen: a selection of the war letters, prayers and spiritual writings of Fr Willie Doyle SJ, edited by Patrick Kenny.

Tony Canavan—Come Day—Go Day, by John O’Connor.

Aubrey Malone—Policing Hong Kong: an Irish history, by Patricia O’Sullivan.

Peter Pearson—Castle Hyde: the changing fortunes of an Irish country house, by Terence Dooley.

Carina McNally—The Cottingley Secret, by Hazel Gaynor.

Anne Cunningham—King Goshawk and the Birds, by Eimar O’Duffy.

(P) Anne O’Leary—‘Slight Return’: Paul Muldoon’s poetics of place, by Anne Karhio.

Leabhair idir lámha

Cathal Póirtéir with his selection of recently published books as Gaeilge.


Sue Leonard takes her pick of the latest books by début authors.

Crime spree

Paula O’Hare casts a critical eye over newly published crime fiction.

First flush

Tony Canavan’s listing of all the books published in or about Ireland in the last two months.

My favourite

Anthony Cannon muses on his favourite place to write in London.

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Books Ireland November/December 2017

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