Space to Think, a new book celebrating ten years of the Dublin Review of Books More Information 

    Butterflies of a Bad Summer

    Karl Parkinson
    New poetry collection from Dublin's Karl Parkinson, an exciting new poetic voice. "Parkinson has set himself up unashamedly and without irony as a singer of the human soul in its contrary states of degradation and exaltation. It’s worth listening to him." - The Irish Times
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    To Air the Soul, Throw All the Windows Wide

    Mary Dorcey
    New and Selected Poems by critically acclaimed Irish poet Mary Dorcey.
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    Eavan Boland: Inside History

    Siobhan Campbell and Nessa O'Mahony (eds)

    A new volume of essays and poems in response to the work of the internationally-renowned Irish poet, Eavan Boland. It is a reappraisal of Boland’s influence as a poet and critic in the 21st century and the first major commissioned collection of essays to be published on Boland.

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    Time Pieces

    John Banville
    Alternating between vignettes of John Banville's own past, and present-day historical explorations of the city, Time Pieces is a vivid evocation of childhood and memory, that 'bright abyss' in which 'time's alchemy works'. Accompanied by images of the city by photographer Paul Joyce.

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    Beyond the Centre

    Writers in their own Words
    To mark the 25th anniversary of the Irish Writers Centre, Beyond the Centre: Writers in their own Words is a landmark anthology of essays by some of Ireland’s foremost contemporary writers, specially commissioned and edited by Declan Meade, publisher of The Stinging Fly.
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    Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

    John Stubbs
    John Stubbs' biography follows Swift through his many battles, for and against authority, and in his many contradictions, as a priest who sought to uphold the dogma of his church; as a man who was quite prepared to defy convention, not least in his unshakeable attachment to an unmarried woman, his 'Stella'; and as a writer whose vision showed that no single creed holds all of the answers.

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    Writing the Sky: Observations and Essays on Dermot Healy

    Neil Murphy and Keith Hopper
    A comprehensive collection of critical essays, memoirs, poetry, and other writerly responses devoted to the life and work of the late Dermot Healy (1947– 2014). Healy was an accomplished poet, short story writer, novelist, playwright, and editor, and so these essays and observations address the entire range of his eclectic oeuvre.
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    Sway

    Peter Sirr
    Comprises poems from the troubadour tradition and a number of Peter Sirr's responses to them. With their source in southern France almost nine centuries ago, and in teh language called Old Occitan, this confluence of word and music helped pave the way for European poetry as we know it.
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    Four Sides Full

    Vona Groarke

    A personal essay by Vona Groarke, one of Ireland’s leading poets. Her seven collections to date have all displayed a fascination with the visual arts but Four Sides Full takes a different approach. In considering frames and what they bring to an artwork it reflects on themes of containment and exclusion, and how a life can flit between.

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    The Abode of Fancy

    Sam Coll

    The Abode of Fancy, debut novel of Irish writer Sam Coll, fuses reality and fantasy in an extraordinary narrative. In modern-day Dublin, Simeon, a melancholy student, is tormented by unrequited love, jealousy and loneliness. He seeks solace in the company of his father’s friends, a disparate group of world-weary alcoholics, and through them glimpses a grim picture of his own probable future life.

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    Geomantic

    Paula Meehan
    Comprising eighty-one poems of nine 9-syllable lines, Paula Meehan’s extraordinary new collection is both a controlled experiment with the challenge of form and, at once, a free-form meditation on the nature of memory, community, love and poetry itself.
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    Summer Rain

    Noel Duffy
    Noel Duffy’s third poetry collection follows on from his earlier work, examining how the ideas of science and the experience of living collide and elaborate when viewed through a shared prism.
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    All We Shall Know

    Donal Ryan
    Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. Her husband doesn't take her news too well. She doesn't want to tell her father yet because he’s a good man and this could break him. She’s trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming – larger by the day – while the past won’t let her go. Donal Ryan’s latest novel is described as vivid, moving and redemptive.


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    Brothers of the Quill

    Norma Clarke
    The story of Oliver Goldsmith who arrived in England in 1756 a penniless Irishman, toiled for years in the anonymity of Grub Street—already a synonym for impoverished hack writers—before he became one of literary London’s most celebrated authors.
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    The Wonder

    Emma Donoghue
    Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's new novel - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes.
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    Playing the Octopus

    Mary O'Malley
    Mary O’Malley’s eighth collection of poems in which her sensitivity to the spirit of Ireland’s west coast is as attuned as ever.
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    Minds of Winter

    Ed O'Loughlin

    The new novel from Booker longlisted Ed O'Loughlin, in which a meeting between two strangers sheds light on the greatest unsolved mystery of polar exploration.

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    All Through the Night: Night Poems and Lullabies

    Marie Heaney (ed)

    A collection of moving and evocative night poems for all stages of life. Lullabies and other poems relating to children and parenting form the opening section, while later poems celebrate or give voice to our various night-time pleasures and preoccupations. The elegiac poems towards the end of the book turn to face the prospect of that last long sleep that awaits us all. Edited by Marie Heaney.

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    James Joyce and Italo Svevo

    Stanley Price

    A study of the friendship between James Joyce and Italo Svevo living in Trieste. In Ulysses, the near father-son relationship between Stephen Dedalus and Bloom in Dublin was very close to that of Svevo and Joyce.

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