• Books Ireland September/October 2018

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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Eileen Battersby argues for the importance of books in translation.


Cathal Coyle discovers the delights of the Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Tony Canavan marks the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein by looking at the Irish angle.

Arnold Horner charts the mapping of County Laois over the centuries.

John Kirkaldy discusses the Irish influence on Australian literature.

Polly Young profiles a rising star on the Irish scene, Colin O’Sullivan.

Book focus

Joanne O’Brien explains why it’s important to highlight the peacemakers in Defending Hope.

Bookshop focus

Tony Canavan spends a pleasant morning in Sandymount’s Books on the Green.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan that you should be careful what you wish for in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.


Hugh McFaddenThe Collected Letters of Flann O’Brien, edited by Maebh Long.

Kevin KielyA History of Irish Working-Class Writing, edited by Michael Pierse.

Rory BrennanRadicalism and Reputation: the career of Bronterre O’Brien, by Michael J. Turner.


Lisa Redmond—,em>Brendan O’Regan: Irish innovator, visionary & peacemaker, by Brian O’Connell and Cain O’Carroll.

Liz MaguireThe Surface Breaks, by Louise O’Neill.

Joseph HorganRainbow People, by Nicholas Mosley.

Anne O’LearyThe Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee, by Paul D. Gibson.

Eoghan SmithThe Coming of the Celts, AD 1860: Celtic nationalism in Ireland and Wales, by Caoimhín de Barra.

Christina Hunt MahonyNew to the Parish: stories of love, war and adventure from Ireland’s immigrants, by Sorcha Pollak.

Patricia ByrneH. Montgomery Hyde: Ulster Unionist MP, gay law reform campaigner and prodigious author, by Jeffrey Dudgeon.

Isabelle CartwrightShift, by Mia Gallagher.

Tony FlynnTuesdays Are Just As Bad, by Cethan Leahy.


Sue Leonard tells us what she likes about books from recent début authors.

Leabhair idir lámha

Cathal Póirtéir picks his favourites from recent books as Gaeilge.

Crime spree

Paula O’Hare raids the publishing scene for the latest crime fiction.


Fred Johnston picks out his choice of newly published poetry books.

First flush

Tony Flynn catalogues all the new books that have come in since our last issue.

My favourite

Brendan Joseph O’Dea tells us why Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu evokes memories of Ireland. 

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Books Ireland September/October 2018

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