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

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

This Week in Books: 02-03-2016

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: I’ve actually made good progress this week, largely due to being off work sick. I completed Half a … Continue reading This Week in Books: 02-03-2016

What I’ll Be Reading for Begorrathon 2016

Reading Ireland Month aka Begorrathon (hosted by the wonderful Cathy at 746 Books and Niall at The Fluff is Raging) has begun, so I’ve been trying to decide what books I will read. After much deliberation I’ve decided on 5 books which have been sitting on my shelves for far too long. Transatlantic by Colum McCann This one has been sitting on shelf for far … Continue reading What I’ll Be Reading for Begorrathon 2016