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‘The Dirty Dust’ by Máirtín Ó Cadhain

To mark St. Patrick’s day, I thought I’d write a short post about an intriguing new book that arrived in the shop last week. The Dirty Dust, or
Cré na Cille, by Máirtín Ó Cadhain has been described by Colm Tóibín as ‘the greatest novel to be written in the Irish language, and among the best books to come out of Ireland in the twentieth century.’ Continue reading ‘The Dirty Dust’ by Máirtín Ó Cadhain
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Review: ‘The Buried Giant’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

One of my New Year’s resolutions in 2015 was to write more for this blog, but here we are, over halfway through March, and this is my first post of the year, so it’s fair to say that that particular resolution is not going especially well. This is because, unfortunately, most of the new novels I’ve
read so far this year have failed to inspire me sufficiently to share my thoughts about them on here.

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Review: ‘The First Bad Man’ by Miranda July

I’m sure the Germans must have a word for it: that sense that some people are hogging more than their fair share of talent and inspiration; the suspicion that certain individuals have smuggled oversized plates into the all-you-can-eat restaurant of human talent and have set themselves up at the tables closest to the buffet. Continue reading Review: ‘The First Bad Man’ by Miranda July
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Debi Gliori: A Spooky Night of Fireside Storytelling

Last night saw bestselling author and illustrator Debi Gliori come to us for a night of spooky reading in front of a full house; the fire was blazing, the jack-o’-lanterns were glowing, children and adults were cosied up in front of the fire to find all out about The Scariest Thing of All…

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