Literary FictionFrom the angle of this island and the monumental changes that have been blowing through us this year - some seismic - homegrown literary fiction felt imbued with something in 2018. Anna Burns' Milkman (Faber), a dark reel of suburban dread, sounds a loud message that Ulster has more to offer than Brexit headaches. If Burns was a bolt from the blue, Silence Under a Stone (Doubleday Ireland), the proficient debut of 82-year-old Norma MacMaster, was an example of biding your time and making sure everything was in its right place. It told of more poison from the border counties through the lens of a beleaguered female inhabitant. For atmospherics, Eoin McNamee, another cousin from the North, reigns supreme. The Vogue (Faber), his first novel since 2015's Blue is the Night, is a masterclass in northern gothic from one of our most criminally underappreciated writers. Children's author Darragh Martin took to the adult fiction market with Future Popes of Ireland (4th Estate) … [Read more...] about The best reads of 2018: Our critics name their top picks
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Hilary Mantel For his 1959 life of the present queen’s grandmother, biographer James Pope-Hennessy compiled indiscreet and sharp-eyed interview notes, now edited by Hugo Vickers into The Quest for Queen Mary (Zuleika): very funny and astute, it provides a loathly feast for royal-watchers. Death and Nightingales by Eugene McCabe (Vintage), published in 1992 and now reissued, is set in rural Ireland in the 1880s: poetic and compelling, with a heart-stopping plot twist, it seems to me a perfect novel. Jonathan Sacks One of the most bracing reads of 2018 was Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (Allen Lane). Confronting the ever-growing constraints on free speech in universities, the authors show how a generation of students is being encouraged to develop mindsets that will do them psychological as well as intellectual harm. Brilliantly written, forcefully argued and … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightThe best books of 2018
Irish book publisher Poolbeg Press – which publishes such bestselling authors as Marian Keyes, Maeve Binchy, Patricia Scanlan, Cathy Kelly and Sheila O’Flanagan – accumulated profits of €718,892 in 2017, up from €695,352 the year before. Please Subscribe or Log in to continue reading Please Subscribe or Log in to continue reading Subscribe Login Independent journalism every day With digital access you can read The Business Post whenever, wherever, and however you want. Unlimited access to all sections of The Business Post on desktop, tablet and mobile. Breaking news, comment and analysis from the best Business Post writers seven days a week. Live blogs of major news events Videos and podcasts from some of the industry's most respected journalists such as Tom Lyons, Susan Mitchell and Ian Guider Access to The Business Post's extensive archive … [Read more...] about Profit & Loss inside the world of private Irish businesses
While it’s widely accepted that kids and writing don’t mix, Andrea Mara and other juggling authors discover their offspring can offer inspiration.When Cyril Connolly famously said the pram in the hall was the enemy of good art, a link between parenting and creativity was born - one that has been discussed many times over since.John Banville sparked controversy a few years ago when he said in a newspaper interview that it’s impossible to be a good father and a writer — it prompted irritated responses from the numerous authors who are doing exactly that. But whatever way you look at it, it’s unlikely you can write a Booker Prize-winning novel with a toddler pulling out of your leg, and you can’t go to a writer’s retreat with three kids in tow (I know, I’ve checked).Indeed as I watch child-free authors go to launches and literary festivals, I wonder sometimes what that might be like — to travel at will, without the need for … [Read more...] about Writing with kids – easy as ABC?
We have teamed up with Eason, Northern Ireland’s leading retailer of books, stationery, magazines and much more to give you the chance to win a fabulous bundle of their top summer reads. And all you have to do is send us in your own composition, an original short story on the theme of ‘summer’. Our judges are looking for an engaging read, which is no longer than 500 words. Your story could be about remembrance of summers past, an unforgettable summer in a character’s life or anything else summer-related that you feel inspired to write about. The winning entry will be published in Johnston Press titles across Northern Ireland, as well as on our websites. With so many fabulous titles to choose from, Eason has handpicked a selection of their top recommended novels, life guides and autobiographies and you could win the lot! The winning writer will receive a bundle of top titles including:*The Year that Changed Everything, Cathy Kelly*Fall From Grace, Danielle … [Read more...] about Enter short story competition and win Eason top summer reads