Jenny Hval’s debut novel presents a nuanced account of a young woman’s sexual awakening during an academic exchange.
Lauren Sarazen Criticism 22nd January 2019
Alice Bolin's debut collection examines the American obsession with dead girls, looking for the truth about their killers, and their self-proclaimed saviours.
Roisin Kiberd Criticism 19th November 2018
Ottessa Moshfegh's follow-up to the Booker-nominated 'Eileen' is a hazy, witty, sometimes brutal examination of a New York friendship.
Nicole Flattery Criticism 17th October 2018
Eve Babitz's autobiographical novel, recently republished, captures that spirit of madcap irreverence and charts those years when youth feels indestructible.
Lauren Sarazen Criticism 12th September 2018
Melatu Uche Okorie's slim debut collection is one of the most pertinent books of modern Ireland.
Emma Flynn Criticism 14th August 2018
Leslie Jamison's memoir of overcoming addiction balances a desire for originality against the soothing, redemptive familiarity of the chorus.
Rebecca O'Dwyer Criticism 19th June 2018
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.
Gavin Corbett Criticism 11th June 2018
Two characters discuss the ins-and-outs of David Hayden's debut collection of stories, a book full of other books.
Wendy Erskine Criticism 1st May 2018
Lyrical emotional insight is matched by artfulness of execution in William Wall's first poetry collection for seven years
David Toms Criticism 21st March 2018
Tina Pisco's diverse set of short stories blends taut realism with a magical sensibility.
Mia Gallagher Criticism 7th February 2018
Mathias Enard's masterful novel traces myriad lines of life from both Orient and Occident in an attempt to 'write outside the self'.
John Holten Criticism 9th January 2018
Brian Dillon's journey through the 'unstable multiplicity' of the essay form is maddening and exquisite in equal measure.
Rebecca O'Dwyer Criticism 4th October 2017
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.
Alan Titley Criticism 19th September 2017
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.
Gavin Corbett Criticism 12th September 2017
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.
Roisin Kiberd Criticism 23rd August 2017
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.
China Miéville’s portrayal of the Bolsheviks' rise to power is a captivating and inspirational description of the revolutionary moment, when everything is possible.
William Wall Criticism 13th July 2017
Is the deathless age of the machine upon us?
Graham Allen & Alvy Carragher take differing routes towards truth and beauty in two recent collections.
Eleanor Hooker Blog Post Criticism 17th May 2017
William Wall introduces Dave Lordan’s new essay collection, The Word in Flames
William Wall Blog Post Criticism 30th November 2016
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.
Wendy Erskine Blog Post Criticism 7th November 2016
Deborah Levy's seventh novel is an investigation into the threads of relationship and the primitive, enduring connections between body and mind.
Gabrielle Barnby Blog Post Criticism 4th November 2016
Mia Gallagher explores the ‘still, beautiful, profound’ autofiction of Rachel Cusk's 'Transit'.
Mia Gallagher Criticism 3rd November 2016
Doireann Ní Ghríofa gets inside the head of Eimear McBride's second novel.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa Criticism 1st November 2016
Mike McCormack's 'Solar Bones' finds beauty and joy in the interplay of the routine and the extraordinary; of quotidian and mystic.
Alan McMonagle Criticism 29th September 2016
Sara Baume Criticism Issue 28, Volume 2: Summer 2014
Lucy Caldwell Criticism Issue 34, Volume 2: Summer 2016
Ailbhe Darcy Criticism Issue 34, Volume 2: Summer 2016
Paul Perry Criticism Issue 34, Volume 2: Summer 2016
Paula McGrath Criticism Issue 32, Volume 2: Winter 2015
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