A new collection of short stories, some set in Australia, by Evelyn Conlon
Four new new Irish works, reviewed by Frank O’Shea.
New Irish books and many genres
While there is good storytelling throughout the book, in relating the story of the Hayes family, the author showed real strength and artistry with the storytelling from her research.
Humans came late to Ireland, 12,500 years ago, after the retreat of the ice. By then, the dinosaurs and marine reptiles had gone and the mammals which had flourished alongside the dinosaurs, came into their own
Book Review by James King Dara McAnulty: Diary of a Young Naturalist, The Text Publishing Company, 2020. RRP: $29.99 ISBN: 9781922330000 I was given this book for Christmas, and having no prior knowledge of it, or its author, I raised a sceptical eyebrow. My experience with books as Christmas gifts is not an entirely happy …
Malachi O’Doherty uses Ulster, while John Connolly uses Arkansas for their murder stories. Graham Norton’s gentler story is set in West Cork.
Three more novels from Irish women writers, the first one set in Sydney
For many in Ireland, ‘Around the Boree Log’ was our introduction to Australia.
If ever there was a case of a favourite chapter in this book, I would choose chapter 2, Lucy McDiarmid’s ‘Comradeship’ on the imprisonment in Holloway prison of Kathleen Clarke and her two ‘tall’ comrades, Constance Markievicz and Maud Gonne, who at times tended to dispute ‘as to which of them had the highest social status’.