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Warrior Poet
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This is the second – yes, only the second – review for my 20 Books of Summer Challenge Excepting some engravings and that postage stamp portraying One Pound Jimmy, I had never seen an Aboriginal. They were all far away in dusty history, or in hot places…
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Is it a YA novel disguised as a cyber thriller? A treatise on love? A condemnation of our hyperconnected selves, our slavish devotion to technology? A philosophical evaluation of what it means to be human in the 21st century?
20 Books of Summer: Connect
20 Books of Summer: Connect
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The title hints at one of the themes of the novel, which is that there are two Istanbuls, the one above ground and the one below, and each is ‘transformed’ in sense through acts of creation and imagination. The prisoners transform their surroundings…
ISTANBUL ISTANBUL
ISTANBUL ISTANBUL
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There’s always a good reason to listen to decent music, so here’s another chance to look at my list of FIFTY GREAT IRISH SONGS (none by U2). Apologies if some of the You Tube links no longer work.  
50 Great Irish Songs
50 Great Irish Songs
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  “I am entering the frozen land, although to which country it belongs I cannot say.” David Park’s novel Travelling in a Strange Land is a brief story about fathers and sons, memory and regret, told from the point of view of a middle-aged man, Tom,…
Travelling in a Strange Land
Travelling in a Strange Land
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The Hennessy Literary Awards shortlist for 2018 has been announced. I’m humbled and grateful to be included in the list. I have been shortlisted for my short story, “The Light on the Water”, published last summer in the Irish Times.
Hennessy Literary Awards Shortlist
Hennessy Literary Awards Shortlist
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The true border ran between the two forces of law and order, the Garda Siochana and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the two police forces sliding darkly past each other like blips on a radar, separated by the whim of politicians, detectives…
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“I’m only twelve,” said Ralph, “and I’m useless at lying. I’m no good at it.” (p127) “He’d have stuck with his namesake and Piggy. At least he hoped he would. He wasn’t very brave. But he’d have tried.” (270)   Carlo Gébler’s The Innocent of Falkland Road…
The Innocent of Falkland Road
The Innocent of Falkland Road
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  “A house, a labyrinth of rubbish, a crazy old man and a message in a bottle: all the ingredients of a twisted crime story.” “The loveliest eyes are found in the heads of women who have suffered … Damage lies at their shining core. As I said, Drennan,…
The Hoarder
The Hoarder
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If you haven’t seen Blade Runner 2049, please do so as soon as you can. It’s a visual feast of a film. And be sure to see it in a cinema with a good sound system – the film has an astonishing sound design, one that pays homage to and builds on the…
Do Androids Dream of Electric Bleeps
Do Androids Dream of Electric Bleeps
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