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Book lovers - here's the international fiction to watch out for in 2021
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Book lovers - here's the international fiction to watch out for in 2021

Dec 27th 2020, 8:30 PM 27,920 Views 3 Comments

From Irish to international authors, we have you covered.

Irish author Colum McCann longlisted for Booker Prize
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Irish author Colum McCann longlisted for Booker Prize

Jul 28th 2020, 8:43 AM 8,961 Views 1 Comment

McCann was nominated for his novel Apeirogon.

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo named as joint winners of 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction
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Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo named as joint winners of 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction

Oct 14th 2019, 10:05 PM 14,156 Views 11 Comments

Atwood has been awarded for The Testaments and Evaristo has been awarded for Girl, Woman, Other.

Robert Harris: 'People ask if I'd write about Boris or Trump; and I say no, because it's meaningless'
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Robert Harris: 'People ask if I'd write about Boris or Trump; and I say no, because it's meaningless'

Sep 21st 2019, 10:00 PM 14,930 Views 6 Comments

The historical novelist spoke to TheJournal.ie about his new novel, The Second Sleep.

Six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction
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Six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction

Sep 3rd 2019, 12:52 PM 23,532 Views 2 Comments

Irish author Kevin Barry had made the longlist for the 2019 awards. However, he did not make the shortlist.

'Can you imagine how horrific that must be?': Ex-IRA man pens book about tiger robberies
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'Can you imagine how horrific that must be?': Ex-IRA man pens book about tiger robberies

Oct 28th 2018, 7:00 PM 31,142 Views 9 Comments

Richard O’Rawe was one of the H-block Blanketmen during the Troubles, and has written previously about the life of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four.

Three Irish authors have made the longlist for the Man Booker Prize
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Three Irish authors have made the longlist for the Man Booker Prize

Jul 24th 2018, 7:36 AM 21,603 Views 17 Comments

Sally Rooney, Donal Ryan and Anna Burns will all compete for the award.

This man will be the face of Irish fiction for the next three years
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This man will be the face of Irish fiction for the next three years

Feb 8th 2018, 12:00 PM 15,677 Views 15 Comments

Sebastian Barry has been chosen as the Laureate for Irish Fiction 2018-2021.

Bad Sex Award 2017: Here's the worst example of writing about sex this year
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Bad Sex Award 2017: Here's the worst example of writing about sex this year

Dec 1st 2017, 1:32 PM 32,218 Views 32 Comments

The Bad Sex in Fiction Award goes to an outstandingly bad sex scene description in an otherwise good novel.

Short story: 'When Blue Snowflakes Fall' by Eoin Dolan Lane
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Short story: 'When Blue Snowflakes Fall' by Eoin Dolan Lane

Nov 25th 2017, 7:30 PM 7,947 Views 4 Comments

The Broken Spiral, an anthology of short stories which will raise funds for the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

Irish writers are pushing boundaries with books featuring abortion and marriage break-ups
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Irish writers are pushing boundaries with books featuring abortion and marriage break-ups

Oct 7th 2017, 11:30 AM 10,173 Views 17 Comments

We talked to authors and people in the trade about how commercial fiction is tackling tough issues.

'My body was her gearstick' - The winner of the Bad Sex in Fiction Prize has been revealed
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'My body was her gearstick' - The winner of the Bad Sex in Fiction Prize has been revealed

Nov 30th 2016, 9:39 PM 27,468 Views 32 Comments

It’s bad. Very bad.

8 toe-curlingly awful lines from this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award nominees
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8 toe-curlingly awful lines from this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award nominees

Nov 18th 2015, 10:03 AM 5,543 Views 5 Comments

NSFW (or for life), obviously.

These 7 Irish novels have been nominated for the world's most valuable literary prize
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These 7 Irish novels have been nominated for the world's most valuable literary prize

Nov 9th 2015, 11:00 AM 21,478 Views 13 Comments

160 books were nominated by libraries in 118 cities and 44 countries worldwide.

Mr. Holmes shows human nature is the biggest mystery of all
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Mr. Holmes shows human nature is the biggest mystery of all

Jun 19th 2015, 1:00 PM 312 Views 6 Comments

Revisiting and exploring classic stories might seem a cynical exercise steeped in nostalgia, but it does allow for reflection and analysis.

Martin takes aim at 'Enda the Fireman', says Taoiseach 'promoting a fairytale'
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Martin takes aim at 'Enda the Fireman', says Taoiseach 'promoting a fairytale'

Feb 28th 2015, 4:58 PM 10,774 Views 55 Comments

In a blistering attack on Fine Gael, Micheál Martin said their party conference “may well have set a world record for the amount of arrogant self-praise”.

This woman will be the face of Irish fiction for the next three years
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This woman will be the face of Irish fiction for the next three years

Jan 29th 2015, 6:59 PM 12,403 Views 6 Comments

It was a unanimous choice.

Obsession, sex, weight and women - welcome to the world of Only Ever Yours
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Obsession, sex, weight and women - welcome to the world of Only Ever Yours

Nov 9th 2014, 6:30 PM 27,145 Views 17 Comments

Louise O’Neill’s debut novel has been getting rave reviews.

Is this woman the best Irish writer you've never heard of?
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Is this woman the best Irish writer you've never heard of?

Aug 10th 2014, 11:00 AM 22,450 Views 11 Comments

Maeve Brennan wrote incredible short stories and essays. A new play explores her work and legacy.

Irish author Eimear McBride wins £30,000 Baileys Prize for her debut novel
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Irish author Eimear McBride wins £30,000 Baileys Prize for her debut novel

Jun 5th 2014, 9:37 AM 6,208 Views 14 Comments

She spent more than a decade trying to get it published – and now it’s won one of the biggest prizes in literature.

Column: What is Fan Fiction – and why is it making people nervous?
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Column: What is Fan Fiction – and why is it making people nervous?

Mar 1st 2014, 7:00 PM 28,430 Views 102 Comments

It has become an internet sensation over the last decade, but not all is as it seems in the world of Fan Fiction, writes Stephen Downes.

James Bond unable to stir drinks due to 'alcohol induced tremor'
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James Bond unable to stir drinks due to 'alcohol induced tremor'

Dec 13th 2013, 10:22 PM 21,056 Views 29 Comments

A BMJ study has revealed that the spy consumed over four times the recommended weekly allowance of alcohol.

US retailer says sorry for labelling the Bible 'fiction'
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US retailer says sorry for labelling the Bible 'fiction'

Nov 21st 2013, 6:00 PM 20,337 Views 203 Comments

Costco was very apologetic after a pastor spotted the label.

7 foods that are good for you (despite their bad reputation)
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7 foods that are good for you (despite their bad reputation)

Jul 13th 2013, 11:30 AM 32,666 Views 76 Comments

A nutrition consultant weighs in on fried foods, soy, wheat and eggs.

Dublin author Mary McCarthy dies following cancer battle
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Dublin author Mary McCarthy dies following cancer battle

May 3rd 2013, 5:35 PM 16,682 Views 20 Comments

The author of five novels passed away last night following a year-long cancer battle which she wrote about for TheJournal.ie last year.

Author Iain Banks has late stage cancer, says he has less than a year to live
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Author Iain Banks has late stage cancer, says he has less than a year to live

Apr 3rd 2013, 4:03 PM 12,357 Views 31 Comments

The Scottish novelist said that he did not expect to live beyond a year.

8 of the worst sex scenes you'll read this year
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8 of the worst sex scenes you'll read this year

Nov 21st 2012, 11:05 AM 22,443 Views 19 Comments

The nominees for the 2012 Bad Sex Awards have been announced… Brace yourself.

Maeve Binchy’s final book tops Amazon’s pre-order list
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Maeve Binchy’s final book tops Amazon’s pre-order list

Nov 8th 2012, 4:27 PM 10,692 Views 16 Comments

Binchy’s long-term agent Christine Green said it was a bittersweet day because “we want to celebrate the book but we want her to be here too”.

Is this the worst possible opening sentence to a novel?
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Is this the worst possible opening sentence to a novel?

Aug 14th 2012, 10:52 AM 15,684 Views 19 Comments

A US university has announced the winner of a contest to find the worst-possible opening sentence to a novel. Warning: it’s pretty bad.

Open thread: What Maeve Binchy book do you recommend?
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Open thread: What Maeve Binchy book do you recommend?

Jul 31st 2012, 12:00 PM 14,284 Views 19 Comments

Readers of the late, great Irish author have been reminiscing on the Binchy novel that touched them – which one would you give to a friend who had never read her work?

JK Rowling's adult book: What's it all about?
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JK Rowling's adult book: What's it all about?

Apr 13th 2012, 1:33 PM 4,857 Views 4 Comments

It may lack wizard, witches and spells but the new title has booksellers excited.

Prepare to cringe: US author wins the Bad Sex in Fiction Award - and it's bad
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Prepare to cringe: US author wins the Bad Sex in Fiction Award - and it's bad

Dec 7th 2011, 7:15 AM 5,011 Views 6 Comments

How bad can sex writing be? Pretty bad, judging by this year’s entries to the Bad Sex in Fiction Award.

Seamus Heaney to get lifetime award as Irish Book Awards shortlist released
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Seamus Heaney to get lifetime award as Irish Book Awards shortlist released

Oct 20th 2011, 7:12 PM 621 Views 2 Comments

The Nobel laureate will be honoured at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards 2011.

Youngest ever winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction
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Youngest ever winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction

Jun 9th 2011, 12:53 PM 374 Views 1 Comment

Twenty-five-year-old Serbian-American Téa Obreht beat off competition from the favourite, Irish writer Emma Donoghue.

Column: Female writers don't need their own prizes to compete with men
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Column: Female writers don't need their own prizes to compete with men

Jun 8th 2011, 11:26 AM 9 Views 9 Comments

The annual Orange Prize for fiction by a woman will be awarded tonight. But why shouldn’t female artists compete with the boys, asks Eleanor Fitzsimons.

Watch: Philip Roth wins International Man Booker Prize
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Watch: Philip Roth wins International Man Booker Prize

May 18th 2011, 10:48 AM 444 Views 0 Comments

One of the award’s judges wasn’t pleased with the final decision, though. Carmen Callil resigned when she heard that the American author was being given the £60,000 literary prize.