Debut novel inspired by refugee crisis wins children’s book prize

The Boy At The Back Of The Class was described as a ‘future classic’.

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People are sharing their favourite poems for #WorldPoetryDay

Today marks World Poetry Day and everyone, from Unicef to Spotify, are getting involved online.

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Irish author’s mental health memoir shortlisted for prize

An Irish author has been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, an annual British award celebrating the best new books that illuminate how health, medicine and illness touches our lives.

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Cork author wins one of the world’s most lucrative literary awards

Author Danielle McLaughlin plans to immerse herself in writing after winning one of the world’s most lucrative literary awards.

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Cork poet clearing the path to creative output

Poet Mary Noonan whose second collection, Stone Girl, has just been published, says that working as a lecturer in UCC’s French Department, means that she has to clear her head of “academic stuff” in order to write creatively.

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Cork writer lands prestigious prize worth $165,000

Danielle McLaughlin became the third Irish writer in recent years to win the Windham-Campbell Prize.

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Shortlist for Irish novel prize announced

Five novels have been shortlisted for the 2019 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year at Listowel Writers’ Week, with a shared prize fund of €19,000, one of the biggest in Ireland.

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The Professional Worrier: How to manage anxiety and home and at work

Frances Gleeson talks to Stewart Geddes about his new book, The Professional Worrier, and finds out how to manage anxiety at home and at work

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A brush with Devine inspiration: Exclusive extract from Colm O'Regan's new book

In this exclusive extract from Colm O’Regan’s new book, ‘Ann Devine Ready for Her Close-Up’, mammy and daughter tiptoe through the social niceties of the community meeting and ponder the fate of the bats.

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Cecelia Ahern confirms sequel to 'PS I Love You'

Author Cecelia Ahern has confirmed she has written a sequel to her debut novel, 'PS I Love You'.

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‘The Harry Potter revolution was a huge boon to reading’

Vinny Browne is manager of Charlie Byrne’s in Galway, one of Ireland’s best-known independent bookshops.

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Corkman's novel about teenage mental health shortlisted for major book award

A book by Corkman Cethan Leahy about teenage mental health is one of ten titles shortlisted for a major Irish book award.

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Getting kids washed, getting kids dressed, getting kids fed, getting kids to sleep. And repeat

The title - ‘The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read’ - is catchy if nothing else, but Philippa Perry’s parenting book delivers on everything it promises, writes mum of two Suzanne Harrington.

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Novel idea gives readers a clear picture of island’s past

An island community off the south-west coast has come up with a novel way of raising money, while also educating visitors about its past.

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The feedback Emma Hannigan’s editor was never able to give

Ciara Doorley was Emma Hannigan’s editor for nine years. The author passed away before the publishing house was able to give feedback on her final novel, ‘The Gift of Friends’. Here, Ciara writes the letter she was never able to send.

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Children’s book about Syrian refugee wins Blue Peter award

Onjali Q Rauf’s The Boy At The Back Of The Class won best story in the 2019 Blue Peter Book Awards.

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Books are delightful as they are – don't fall in the trap of competitive reading

My happiest times in childhood were spent reading the books of E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis and Joan Aiken, writes Sally O'Reilly.

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‘It took me to a different world’: Sports stars reveal their favourite reads on World Book Day

To mark World Book Day, we asked Irish sports stars for their favourite reads.

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Dubray Books looking to expand its store network

Dubray Books is planning to expand its shop numbers and upgrade its online offering after a strong year.

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Read all about it: What to give your kids for World Book Day

Ahead of World Book Day, Ailin Quinlan rounds up the best reads for kids

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'Writing is not an easy job': Author Edna O'Brien hurt when first book banned in Ireland

Celebrated author Edna O’Brien has admitted that the banning of her first novel in Ireland on its publication in 1960 hurt her “because writing is not an easy job.”

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WE SELL BOOKS: 'People working in the shop have so many interests'

John Breen has been a bookseller with Waterstones in Cork for 25 years.

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Not quite Dublin's rare oul times in Douglas Kennedy's new novel

American author Douglas Kennedy doesn’t construct a flattering portrait of Dublin in his new novel, writes Alan O’Riordan

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Ros na Rún actor's book tells tales of a Navan brothel

Domhnall O’Donoghue tells Marjorie Brennan about the inspiration for his second novel, Colin and the Concubine

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WE SELL BOOKS: Joy of being in the Gutter

Bob Johnston, originally from Brighton, is the owner of the Gutter Bookshop, one of Ireland’s leading independent bookshops, which has two branches in Dublin, in Temple Bar and Dalkey, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Irish author's mental illness memoir on book prize list

A searing memoir of mental illness, depression and recovery by an Irish author has reached the long-list of this year’s Wellcome book Prize.

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We Sell Books: ‘Romance rules the world’

John Coffey runs Uneeda Bookshop at 71, Oliver Plunkett St in Cork. The shop sells second-hand books and also vinyl records, cassettes, CDs and DVDs, writes Majorie Brennan.

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Notes to Self by Emilie Pine named An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018

Notes to Self by Emilie Pine named An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018

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The Power of Small can change it all: Why it's important to let go of your new year's resolutions

Feeling bad about those new year’s resolutions? Psychologists Trish and Aisling Leonard-Curtin tell Geraldine Walsh why it’s important to let them go.

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Let’s hear it for the girls: New book celebrates Cork's Scoil Mhuire

A new book celebrates the pioneering educators who founded Cork’s Scoil Mhuire, writes Ellie O’Byrne, where past pupils include actress Fiona Shaw, knitwear designer Bébhinn Marten and TV presenter Clodagh McKenna.

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Time up for books?

A Japanese “organising consultant” and author of the inexplicably planet-wide bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has whipped up some light relief for the chattering and twittering classes with her latest lesson on de-cluttering.

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Read an excerpt of 'My Coney Island Baby' below

Read an excerpt from My Coney Island Baby, Billy O'Callaghan's New York-set novel below.

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Even established writers rage against the bookshop machine

The two best bits of the just published State papers from the 1980s are, inevitably, sections carrying no great national importance.

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The Storm’s Gift: A short story extract from Cork author Billy O'Callaghan

A special Christmas story by Cork author Billy O’Callaghan. His novel, ‘My Coney Island Baby’, is published by Jonathan Cape and will be available in all good bookstores on January 17

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Books are the perfect Christmas presents to cover all eventualities

A clever ad on radio at the moment points to a Christmas present worth giving because, even if you see someone at a party with precisely the same thing, your reaction will be to go over and rejoice with them, rather than to slink and sulk, writes Terry Prone

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Irish sci-fi blasts off: Tramp Press launches anthology of science fiction stories

An anthology of science fiction stories, dating as far back as the 1830s, has launched on Tramp Press, writes Marjorie Brennan

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When Henry found fame: Ireland’s latest animation success

Remember the name – Irish animator Gary Gill is one to watch, thanks to his hit cartoon and new book, ‘The Day Henry Met’, writes Marie Toft.

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Children's book are a gift that keep on giving so here's some suggestions for this Christmas

Books still make the perfect present for children of any age. With the very young, they can also act as a bonding experience with parents, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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The closing chapter on sports books of the year

If you’re following the Irish sports books scene any bit closely, then its award season has probably left you feeling a tad confused, as it has us. One appears to favour Black Panther, the other, a Moonlight, with little apparent sentiment or room for a La La Land.

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Libraries still lending a welcome hand to all parts of our society

Hearing that libraries are going to be the locus for health-promotion programmes in the coming year prompted me to do a little research over the last two weeks.

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Female authors dominate at An Post Irish Book Awards

Sally Rooney, Emilie Pine, Emer McLysaght, and Sarah Breen, Lynn Ruane, and Liz Nugent were among the winning authors at the An Post Irish Book Awards held in Dublin last night.

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Cork student makes her dream world a reality with book launch

If you can dream it, you can do it, Walt Disney once said, and it’s the advice by which Anna Stack, who has autism, lives her life — confounding everyone with her artistic and singing abilities.

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Moneyball author Michael Lewis examines the dangers of Trump in new book

Michael Lewis's latest book on America again produces a riveting read on what could be such a dry subject, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.

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Winter Papers: From Prague to Tangier via a big slog in Sligo

Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith have produced another edition of their Winter Papers literary journal, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Interiors are brought back to book

From the magic of tidying to classic English styling and the Guinness family’s great mansion, Carol O’Callaghan looks at some of the best recent publications.

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Live by the book or create your own wonderful outlook

A number of new books either encourage us to see the beauty in seemingly mundane designs or to decorate our houses free of social constraint, writes Kya deLongchamps.

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Ask an expert: My teenage son only reads online text – is this likely to affect his reading skills?

A professor of education explains why teenagers might be better off reading novels if they want to boost their exam grades.

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The end finally in sight

It’s hard to imagine people picking up ‘The End’ who aren’t already Knausgaard fans, even if there are sighs of resignation at going through the emotional rollercoaster with him again, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan

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Fertile tradition of retelling epic poems of Homer is revived

With these novels, Pat Barker and Michael Hughes revive the long and fertile tradition of retelling Homer’s great epic poems. The Silence of The Girls and Country deliver new and original recitations of ‘The Iliad’ — the final weeks of the Trojan War — in two different but very satisfying and successful ways.

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Crafty Cockney: Life lessons from legendary screen star Michael Caine

There may now be more funerals than birthdays but at 85, Michael Caine is enjoying every moment, as Hannah Stephenson discovers Welcoming me into his penthouse flat overlooking London’s Chelsea Harbour, Michael Caine is clearly relishing life in his 80s.

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'Nearly everything we believe about women and lust and infidelity is untrue'

Suzanne Harrington speaks to Wednesday Martin about her new book ‘Untrue’, which looks at women’s sexual drive and explains that our bedroom beliefs may not be true.

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Exclusive extract from Untrue: Skirting around the issues

In this exclusive extract from her book, Untrue, Wednesday Martin introduces us to the Skirt Club.

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Stephen King sells film rights to students in Wales – for one dollar

King has sold the movie rights to a short story, Stationary Bike, to Blaenau Gwent Film Academy.

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Murder they wrote: Authors prepare for Ireland's first crime writing festival

Ahead of Murder One, Ireland’s first crime writing festival, Ciara McDonnell meets some of the authors who will be on stage over the weekend.

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Graham Norton: ‘If it was hard work I couldn’t do it’

Chat show king, radio host, agony uncle and now an accomplished author – how does Graham Norton juggle it all? It’s easy, he tells Vickie Maye, he just rocks up and does the job.

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The simple ways to brighten up your life with author Ingrid Fetell Lee

Marjorie Brennan talks to US author Ingrid Fetell Lee about simple ways to brighten our lives, from painting our homes in uplifting colours to harnessing the power of nature.

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5 ways the film Book Club can inspire happiness later in life

We’re supposed to be more content as we get older, but it doesn’t always work out like that. Here are some top tips on how to be happy.

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Work of fiction that is true to the spirit of a real-life woman

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

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Considered work that takes time to reveal its quiet humour

James Finnegan's first collection of poetry is the work of a mature man with a teaching career behind him. His work has been highly commended by the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry competition, and published in Cyphers and The Irish Times, among others, writes Alannah Hopkin

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