Category Archives: Reading

Read for Ukraine

At a recent “Dialogues on War” event organised by PEN International, in a conversation between Andreiy Kurkov and Philippe Sands, Kurkov was asked what people could do to support Ukrainian writers. “Read their books”, was his reply. Sands’ own brilliant … Continue reading

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Manderley, again: On re-reading Rebecca, 80 years after publication

(Dublin Review of Books essay, May 2018) In an essay entitled “Romantic Love”, Daphne du Maurier wrote: There is no such thing as romantic love. This is a statement of fact and I defy all those who hold a contrary … Continue reading

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Is there a book that changed your life?

On Saturday, I was at a ‘Literary Lunch’ in the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire (http://bit.ly/1tEfICz). This was an event organized by Vanessa O’Loughlin from writing.ie and Sarah Webb, in association with Dubray Books. Several other writers were there, … Continue reading

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