Run Rose Run

Run Rose Run

My review of Dolly Parton’s debut novel (in collaboration with James Patterson) was published in the Weekend Supplement of the Irish Examiner, 7 May. Here it is: A vagabond waif, a young woman with a gun in her bag, walks into a Nashville dive, The Cats Paw...
The Scariff Martyrs

The Scariff Martyrs

Among all the protagonists to the recent conflict in the North there is one side, above all others, which urgently needs to ‘draw a line through the past’, as if that were ever possible. It’s not that it seriously believes that the stroke of a pen or a piece of...
CRUEL DEEDS

CRUEL DEEDS

My review of Catherine Kirwan’s new novel, set in Cork, was published earlier by the Irish Examiner. Here it is. What I loved about this fast-paced crime novel was the intimacy of the narration: our access to the rationale, doubts, and suspicions of Cork...
The Daily Operation of Revolution

The Daily Operation of Revolution

Joe Dwyer, Sinn Féin’s representative in Britain, based in the party’s London Office, reviews veteran republican Maire comerford’s memoir, edited by Hilary Dully.* I first discovered Máire Comerford when I was probably fifteen or sixteen and first watched Kenneth...
The Raptures by Jan Carson

The Raptures by Jan Carson

My review of The Raptures by Jan Carson was first published in last Saturday’s Irish Examiner. Here it is: BALLYLACK, a one-street village, orbiting an Antrim market town, ‘a bit of a shithole’, home to half a dozen Protestant churches and the God-fearing, and...