BOOKS

Colum McCann interview

The National, October 2015 Last year, award-winning Irish writer Colum McCann was pondering his next move after the incredible praise afforded to his 2013 novel, Transatlantic.There was a novella…

Fiona MacIntosh Interview

The National, October 2015 There’s dedication by authors to authenticity in their writing – and then there’s Fiona McIntosh. For her new book, The Perfumer’s Secret, the best-selling novelist,…

Stephen Kelman interview

The National, August 2015 It sounds like the kind of story that could only exist in fiction. An Indian man in his late 40s, part martial artist, part…

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

The National, July 2015 Of all the heartbreaking lines in Harper Lee’s “new” novel, Go Set aWatchman, it’s a question the now elderly, arthritis-ridden Atticus Finch poses to his…

Gull by Glenn Patterson

The Observer, January 2016 In Glenn Patterson’s colourful novel about John DeLorean’s infamous, gull-winged sports car manufactured in Northern Ireland, the enigmatic entrepreneur-engineer dreams of seeing his futuristic creation in…

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

The Observer, December 2015 The New York Times called him “the poet laureate of medicine”, so when Oliver Sacks learned that his cancer was terminal, it was perhaps inevitable that the author…

The Speaker’s Wife by Quentin Letts

The Observer, November 2015 Journalist Quentin Letts’s first foray into fiction is an odd undertaking. One would expect a certain gleeful stereotyping of the iniquities of parliament from such…

The Internet Is Not The Answer by Andrew Keen

The Observer, November 2015 Andrew Keen’s thoughtful “state of the internet” address divided plenty of opinion when it was published in hardback at the start of 2015 – and much…

Second Hand Stories by Josh Spero

The Observer, October 2015 It sounds an intriguing idea. Josh Spero, writer, magazine editor and classics buff, tracks down previous owners of the secondhand books he owns. In between…

Outsider by Frederick Forsyth

The Observer, September 2015 When a chapter in a memoir opens with “I recall the date I almost started the Third World War”, it’s fair to say one…