One of Ireland’s busiest writers, Sinéad Gleeson’s book about bodies is a fascinating collection of essays about a life hit by serious illness. She spoke to Sue Leonard.
‘She made them laugh’, would make a good epitaph for Charlotte Bingham, with her follow up to last year’s fictionised memoir about her time, in the 50s, working for MI5, writes Sue Leonard
Dermot Bolger felt strange portraying himself in his latest novel but, he tells Sue Leonard, it was a necessary bridge into his second novel about the extraordinary Sheila Fitzgerald
Arundhati Roy tells Sue Leonard why it took 20 years to write her second novel after her Booker Prize win with her first. She was talking to her characters all that time she explains
The LÉ Samuel Beckett dropped anchor in Bantry Bay yesterday to play an integral part in the West Cork Literary Festival.
Molly McCloskey’s novel, When Light is Like Water, is about an American woman who moves to Ireland and falls in love, and then divorces, as she did, says Sue Leonard
Julie Parsons has been a trailblazer in the crime genre, and her long-awaited seventh novel is thought provoking and clever, writes Sue Leonard
Elizabeth Strout tells Sue Leonard about how she has created a collection of short stories which build on the world inhabited in her last novel by Lucy Barton
Jon McGregor has made the Man Booker list twice and also won a €100k prize from the Impac, but he’s never been totally comfortable with such accolades, writes Sue Leonard.
Caribbean-born writer Sheena Kamal went on a journey from acting to stuntwoman before she decided to write. She talks to Sue Leonard.
William Wall is the only European winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize in America, which he garnered for his latest book ‘The Islands’. Sue Leonard catches up with him
Tackling a taboo subject in the shape of caring for an elderly relative was the inspiration for her cathartic novel, Kate Beaufoy tells Sue Leonard.
Ireland’s folkloric past provides a rich seam for an Australian novelist to follow on from the success of her last novel, writes Sue Leonard.
His success as a movie maker is legendary but Oscar winner Neil Jordan is also an accomplished novelist. He shares his thoughts on writing, movies and life with Sue Leonard.
Financial wizard Amor Towles has turned his hand to novel writing and it turns out he’s pretty good at that too, writes Sue Leonard.
After the stunning success of her first book, West Cork-based writer Sara Baume returns with a more personal, experimental novel. She talks to Sue Leonard
In his epic new tome that spans 70 years, John Boyne examines growing up gay in Ireland and the associated trials and tribulations. He talks to Sue Leonard
Though with not a trace of Irish blood in him novelist Jeffrey Archer likes to be known as a seanchaí, a description he first encountered when chatting with a tramp in Dublin. This time round, he chats with Sue Leonard.
The love between the two characters of ‘Doctor Zhivago’ was based on real life, but the truth was repressed both by biographers and by Boris Pasternak’s family. That has now changed, writes Sue Leonard.
After what seemed like a dream job in the ‘Sunday Tribune’, Deirdre Purcell left to pursue fiction writing. Sue Leonard sits down to chat with her follwoing the launch of her 14th novel.
Get to know author Lesley Allen in a flash with Sue Leonard's Q&A following the publication of her debut novel, The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir.
A prolific reader as a child Fiona Harrison tells Sue Leonard how she wrote stories about Roland Rat who would help Margaret Thatcher run the government.
Foreign Correspondent Andrew Harding has covered 25 wars, yet his first book is an uplifting and redemptive tale set in Mogadishu, writes Sue Leonard.
Ordinary people turned from good citizens to eager murderers in Nazi Germany. How could this happen? Sue Leonard discovers how, from the author of a new novel.
Sue Leonard talks to Michael Collins, who has drawn on his own experiences and those of earlier, tragic, generations of emigrant Irish to breathe life into his latest novel.
Despite seeing ‘Red Dirt’ rejected by 14 publishers, EM Reapy stuck with the writing and it’s finally paid off, as her debut novel garners the plaudits. She talks to Sue Leonard.
After being dropped by Cape, Mike McCormack, once described as Ireland’s most underrated writer, has returned with an original novel of ideas, writes Sue Leonard.
Ciara Geraghty may examine big themes in her books, but clearly cares most of all about the people in the foreground, as do her readers. Self-declared fan Sue Leonard met her for coffee.
The idea for Vanessa Ronan’s debut came from a news report about a man from a small town who, having committed a horrible crime and shown no remorse, was going back, writes Sue Leonard.
For someone who came late to writing, the fiction of Joanna Walsh has an accomplished tone and has all the signs of a maturity forged from life’s experiences, writes Sue Leonard.
He has an Irish name and an English accent but writer Patrick Flanery is an all-American boy, as Sue Leonard discovers.
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Fat Chance is Louise McSharry’s tale of her troubled upbringing and life-affirming acceptance, writes Sue Leonard
Six months after securing a book deal, Emily Hourican was diagnosed with mouth cancer. Now finished the treatment, she’s published a bestseller, writes Sue Leonard.
The decade is associated with sex and music, but the Russians and the threat of annihilation loomed large, as they do in Helen Dunmore’s new spy novel, ‘Exposure’, says Sue Leonard.
It came as a surprise to Amanda Prowse that books just don’t come into other people’s heads complete, because she really thought it was the same for everyone, she tells Sue Leonard.
US-based, Irish oncologist Austin Duffy has just released his debut novel, which despite being about cancer has lots of laugh-out-loud moments, writes Sue Leonard.
American writer John Irving may have spent a career juxtaposing novels with original screenplays, but now he has turned a film script into a novel, says Sue Leonard.
The journalists at the Irish Press group were as hard drinking as they were hardworking. Sue Leonard hears many tall tales and true from David Kenny, who was there before its demise in 1995.
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