A Struggle for Fame by Charlotte Riddell

After the death of her mother and the loss of her family’s fortune, it falls to young Glen Westley to do what she can for herself and her ailing father. Determined to make her own way in the world, she moves from the West of Ireland to London and works tirelessly to succeed as a novelist, despite the limitations her sex and nationality represent. Having struggled … Continue reading A Struggle for Fame by Charlotte Riddell

One City, One Book 2016: Fallen by Lia Mills

This weekend Ireland will remember and commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising (my thoughts on which I will be sharing over the weekend). Also kicking off this weekend is Dublin’s annual One City One Book, hosted by Dublin City Library. For those unfamiliar with One City, One Book, the purpose is to encourage people to read and engage in discussions about books. Each year a book with … Continue reading One City, One Book 2016: Fallen by Lia Mills

This Week in Books: 23-3-16

This week in books is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found. It asks what you’ve read recently, what you’re currently reading and what’s at the top of your TBR pile. Taking on a World of Words runs something similar called WWW Wednesday. What I’ve Finished: This week I finished You by Nuala Ní Chonchúir which I cannot recommend highly enough. What I … Continue reading This Week in Books: 23-3-16

You by Nuala Ní Chonchúir

Set against the semi-urban backdrop of the River Liffey in 1980, this novel about a 10-year-old girl who lives with her separated mother and two brothers unfolds through the narrator’s observations and interactions, and her naive interpretations of adult conversations and behaviour. You is the debut novel by Nuala Ní Chonchúir (sometimes published as Nuala O’Conor outside Ireland). She rose to major prominence last year with … Continue reading You by Nuala Ní Chonchúir

This Week in Books: 16-03-2016

This week in books is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found. It asks what you’ve read recently, what you’re currently reading and what’s at the top of your TBR pile. Taking on a World of Words runs something similar called WWW Wednesday. What I’ve Finished: This week I finished my second book for Reading Ireland Month – TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. What … Continue reading This Week in Books: 16-03-2016

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators—Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown—set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War. Dublin, 1845 and ’46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause—despite the fact … Continue reading TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan

A long-haired woman moves into the priest’s house and sets fire to his furniture. That Christmas, the electricity goes out. A forester mortgages his land and goes off to a seaside town looking for a wife. He finds a woman eating alone in the hotel. A farmer wakes half-naked and realises the money is almost gone. And in the title story, a priest waits on … Continue reading Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan