Tag Archives: Irish writers

Milkman — Anna Burns

Set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Milkman follows an unnamed 18-year-old who draws the unwanted attentions of a high-profile member of a paramilitary organization. Within their small community, gossip quickly spreads that they are having an affair, thus creating … Continue reading

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Grace Notes — Bernard MacLaverty

If I were to judge books solely on the quality of their prose, I would love Grace Notes.MacLaverty has a remarkable ear for rhythm and sound, appropriate in a novel about a composer, and reading this book was a genuine … Continue reading

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Amongst Women — John McGahern

Probably McGahern’s most famous novel, Amongst Women is a masterpiece of condensed, lyrical prose and there’s a part of me that’s disappointed it didn’t win at the Booker. I was reminded strongly of the 2013 prize, where a faux-Victorian novel … Continue reading

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Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha — Roddy Doyle

I started this post ready to jump straight into a discussion of the book but while doing a little bit of background research I stumbled upon a surprising (at least to me) fact. In the 44 years of the Booker … Continue reading

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The Testament of Mary — Colm Tóibín

As one walks through the San Polo sestiere of Venice heading south-west, it would be hard to miss a large brick church looming over the area. The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is sizeable but deceptively plain for … Continue reading

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