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Tana French - Faithful Place

Tragedies of epic, archetypical themes.

So, with Faithful Place, the third book in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, I finally reach the end of a fairly concentrated immersion in matters murky, Dublin, French style. 1,160 more words

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Short Story: I'll Never Let You Go (Lil' Darlin')

Seán Duggan parked his car, turned off the lights and stopped the engine. He looked to his left at the two blocks of apartments he was going to be watching and saw that only a handful of windows were lit up. 2,318 more words

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hOme by Frank Ronan

When a novel makes you laugh out loud it’s a great and wondrous thing.

Home, Ronan’s 6th novel from 2002, is a first-person narrative of a young boy, Coorg, born to an unwed teenager into the hippiest of hippy communes in 1963. 798 more words

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A book that takes place in your hometown: Here Are the Young Men

This book is an odd one and definitely won’t be for everyone. As it’s written in the perspective of Dublin, Ireland which is my hometown, it’s hard for me to know if it would strike a cord with anyone outside of that context. 323 more words

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A SWIFT PURE CRY

A YA read that will draw adults as well, this novel takes place in County Cork during the 1980s. For North American readers, the Talent family home’s lack of amenities will seem more typical of the 1950s. 335 more words

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Notes on Liam O Flaherty's The Puritan, by Dave Lordan

Anyone interested in the phenomenon of conspiratorial neuroses in Irish history, and indeed in Irish literature, should read The Puritan, by Liam O Flaherty, published in 1932, a decade after the end of the lost Irish revolution in which O Flaherty played a significant role on the losing side. 769 more words

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A Man Walked Into A Bar And Went "Aaaagh".............Two Pints by Roddy Doyle

That post title is taken from my favourite drunken joke as a student (that would imply I had a favourite sober joke as student – I didn’t – I did virtually all my studying and philosophising and learning in pubs!). 1,171 more words

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