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# Books

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# bedtime stories
6,000 books gifted to children in direct provision, hospitals and homeless services across Ireland
There are over 2,100 children in direct provision and over 2,500 experiencing homelessness.
Voices
'Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill scooped up handfuls of her lover's blood, drank, then threw back her head and howled'
Author and poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa is nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards – here she writes about how ghosts inspired her nominated book.
# Irish book awards
Keelin Shanley, Luke O'Neill and Mary McAleese among this year's Irish Book Awards nominees
Once again, TheJournal.ie is sponsoring the Best Irish Published Book award.
# Well read
Here are the 15 sports books longlisted for the William Hill prize
David Walsh’s The Russian Affair is among the contenders for the big prize.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you been reading more books over the past six months?
Has Covid-19 made it easier or more difficult to get stuck into some books?
# john bolton
Trump’s former national security adviser can publish tell-all book, judge rules
John Bolton’s memoir is due out on Tuesday.
# bookworms
Dublin City Council reveals most popular books borrowed during Covid-19 lockdown
Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh tops the list for e-books.
# The Ickabog
JK Rowling announces new fairytale for children will be published free online
The Harry Potter author said she wrote The Ickabog 10 years ago.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you been reading more books than usual lately?
Have your say.
# good reads
Hampson, Woodward, Brennan - 14 recommended rugby books
We’ve picked out a few good rugby reads and want to hear your recommendations.
# open thread
Open thread: What are your comfort reads?
What do you turn to when you need to be cheered up or comforted?
# Your Say
Poll: Do you plan to read more books than usual over the next few weeks?
People working from home or self-isolating may find they have more time on their hands than usual.
# speculative fiction
'Britain has pride about not succumbing to fascism in the 20th century - I'm suggesting it could happen in the 21st'
In his debut novel The Last Day, QI Elf Andrew Hunter Murray writes about a world that’s half in shadow, half in light.
# world book day
Poll: How often do you read a book?
Research to mark World Book Day found that half of children and young people said they enjoyed reading either “very much” or “quite a lot”.
# Interview
Anne Enright: 'Pre-Trump, if you had a problem it was your problem. That's another head-wreck'
The author speaks to us as she publishes her latest novel, Actress.
# read this
These are the Irish novels to look out for in early 2020
It’s going to be a jam-packed year.
# best of 2019
These were our favourite books of 2019 - what were yours?
Let us know in the comments.
# Irish book awards
Success for Vicky Phelan, Joe Duffy and Andrea Corr at Irish Book Awards
Here are this year’s winners.
# experiments
Professor Luke O'Neill on how to get your children interested in science (plus: two experiments to try at home)
The Irish professor of biochemistry has written a new book aimed at children, which is nominated for an An Post Irish Book Award.
# Awards
Eight Irish novels longlisted for 2020 Dublin Literary Award worth €100,000
A total of 156 books have been longlisted for the award.
# heather morris
'I'm honouring her and other women who were abused': Tattooist of Auschwitz author returns with Cilka's story
We spoke to the best-selling New Zealand author during her recent trip to Ireland.
Voices
'Rock and roll had come to town': The fascinating tale of JP Donleavy and his final posthumous novel
The legendary JP Donleavy’s publisher writes about how the author brought a ‘sprinkle of stardust’ with him when he arrived in Ireland.
Voices
'You meet people at the high and low points of their lives': What I learned when I quit my job to become a bookseller
When she handed in her employee badge, she had an ‘Oh God, what have I done?’ moment, writes Dawn Behan of Woodbine Books.
Voices
Opinion: 'Dublin Murders shows how our obsession with crime stories is just part of the human condition'
Author Sam Blake explores how readers got hooked on crime stories – and why it’s no bad thing.
# Booker Prize
Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo named as joint winners of 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction
Atwood has been awarded for The Testaments and Evaristo has been awarded for Girl, Woman, Other.
# The Second Sleep
Robert Harris: 'People ask if I'd write about Boris or Trump; and I say no, because it's meaningless'
The historical novelist spoke to TheJournal.ie about his new novel, The Second Sleep.
# Booker Prize
Six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction
Irish author Kevin Barry had made the longlist for the 2019 awards. However, he did not make the shortlist.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the government pay for all primary school books?
Making primary school books free every year would “significantly reduce financial stress” on parents, SVP has argued.
Voices
The Irish For: Teaching toddlers Gaeilge through the art of storytelling
Story-time is a great way to teach preschoolers píosa Gaeilge, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.
# literary award
American author Emily Ruskovich wins Dublin literary award worth €100,000
The International Dublin Literary Award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council.
# dublin literary award
Two Irish authors shortlisted for €100,000 Dublin Literary Award, the world's most valuable annual fiction prize
Sally Rooney and Bernard MacLaverty are among the 10 shortlisted nominees.
# sacrilege
Catholic priests in Poland burn Harry Potter and Twilight books
Photos show priests carrying a basket of books and other items including an African-styled face mask.
# Books
11 books to stick on your reading list for April
It’s not too early to start building that pile of books beside your bed for summer.
# Ah here
Gigi and Bella are reportedly using ‘books as accessories’ so here are 5 others they could use
This was actually a headline that ran.
# Tear Jerkers
We asked you about the first book that made you cry, and things got weepy
Grab a tissue.
Voices
Opinion: 'My book club was my lifeline'
Book clubs are my lifeline. When we first floated the idea of a festival of books, I thought it was idle dreaming but it was a total success, writes Bridgit McGinnity.
# irish crime fiction
'Irish society was based on a culture of secrecy for so long... but people have started to say no to that'
Tana French’s latest novel marks a departure from the successful author’s usual crime fiction- turning from the detective to the potential suspect.
# music love drugs war
From a 'dreadful' job to publishing her first novel at 54: 'It's life-changing, it really is'
Geraldine Quigley was 54 when her first book was published – and it’s all about growing up in Derry.
# library
Why you should try and visit your local library more often in 2019
Now that they’ve scrapped fees, you can go back without fear of judgment.
# the magic of tidying up
Poll: Right so, how many books do you own?
Just how many is too many?