A First Novel to Cherish

A First Novel to Cherish

  Book Review by Frank O’Shea Alan McMonagle. ITHACA. Picador. 310 pp. €15 ISBN: 978-1-5098-2985-9 RRP: €15 In any list of memorable opening sentences, Galway writer Alan McMonagle’s start to his first novel has to be up there with the best: ‘I am the cancer-ridden only son of a dangerous driver who has thoughts of turning … Continue reading

Floating Prisons

Floating Prisons

The Surprise, moored at the Cove of Cork, and the Essex, at Kingstown in Dublin Bay (now Dun Laoghaire), were derelict ships which operated as holding prisons for convicts from 1823 until 1837. Continue reading