The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Leslie Jamison's memoir of overcoming addiction balances a desire for originality against the soothing, redemptive familiarity of the chorus.

Criticism 19th June 2018

The Collected Letters of Flann O’Brien

This mammoth collection of Brian O'Nolan's correspondence, edited by Maebh Long, is crystal clear and precise in effect; ornate when it wants to be and vulgar at just the right moments.

Criticism 11th June 2018

Darker With The Lights On

Two characters discuss the ins-and-outs of David Hayden's debut collection of stories, a book full of other books.

Criticism 1st May 2018

The Yellow House

Lyrical emotional insight is matched by artfulness of execution in William Wall's first poetry collection for seven years

Criticism 21st March 2018

Sunrise Sunset

Tina Pisco's diverse set of short stories blends taut realism with a magical sensibility.

Criticism 7th February 2018

Compass

Mathias Enard's masterful novel traces myriad lines of life from both Orient and Occident in an attempt to 'write outside the self'.

Criticism 9th January 2018

Essayism

Brian Dillon's journey through the 'unstable multiplicity' of the essay form is maddening and exquisite in equal measure.

Criticism 4th October 2017

The Coast Road

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh's first bilingual collection reveals a voice that is attentive to nature, to the world, to those moments in which we find ourselves, and one which is sprightly with a hint of devilment.

Criticism 19th September 2017

Blind Spot

Teju Cole's first book-length meditation on photography explores how his dream-like, jetlagged images are connected by tangents to the universal in all human cultures.

Criticism 12th September 2017

Sympathy

Olivia Sudjic's debut novel recognises online life as an active and creative culture. Like personal writing, its emotional highs and ominous shortcomings are tied up in an all-consuming act of self-fashioning.

Criticism 23rd August 2017

Kill All Normies

We are in the midst of a raging culture war defined by cruelty, extremism and intolerance. Angela Nagle's new book is a timely and insightful report from the internet battlefield.

Criticism 3rd August 2017

October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

China Miéville’s portrayal of the Bolsheviks' rise to power is a captivating and inspirational description of the revolutionary moment, when everything is possible.

Criticism 13th July 2017

To Be A Machine

Is the deathless age of the machine upon us?

Criticism 13th June 2017

Beauty in Broken Things

Graham Allen & Alvy Carragher take differing routes towards truth and beauty in two recent collections.

Criticism 17th May 2017

Smashing The Mirror

William Wall introduces Dave Lordan’s new essay collection, The Word in Flames

Criticism 30th November 2016

September, October

Sarah Ladipo Manyika's Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun is a work operating within the memento mori tradition of death being ever present—and closer, closer still.

Criticism 7th November 2016

Hunting on the Boundary

Deborah Levy's seventh novel is an investigation into the threads of relationship and the primitive, enduring connections between body and mind.

Criticism 4th November 2016

Passing Open Windows

Mia Gallagher explores the ‘still, beautiful, profound’ autofiction of Rachel Cusk's 'Transit'.

Criticism 3rd November 2016

Hallucinating Vividly for Hours

Doireann Ní Ghríofa gets inside the head of Eimear McBride's second novel.

Criticism 1st November 2016

Notes From The Void

Mike McCormack's 'Solar Bones' finds beauty and joy in the interplay of the routine and the extraordinary; of quotidian and mystic.

Criticism 29th September 2016

Ghost Moon

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Inquisition Lane

Criticism Issue 34, Volume 2: Summer 2016

New Selected Poems

Criticism Issue 34, Volume 2: Summer 2016

A God in Every Stone / Fallen

Criticism Issue 30, Volume 2: Spring 2015

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