John Patrick McHughCriticism
8th June 2022
'What to write about a new work that does not entirely excite or thrill, from one of the most exciting and thrilling writers of the last ten, twenty years?'
20th April 2022
Louise Kennedy's mordant debut novel is visceral, powerful, and full of compassion.
30th March 2022
In an oeuvre of funny and, at times, caustically angry books, 'The Trees' might be Percival Everett’s funniest and angriest yet.
16th March 2022
Saba Sams's vibrant collection explores the narratives we construct for ourselves—and the narratives others construct for us.
Sean O'ReillyCriticism Essay
25th January 2022
Sean O'Reilly on the reissue of Thomas Kinsella's ‘Butcher's Dozen’ to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday: “a timely reminder that the past has to be fought for and poetry is not beyond lending a hand.”
1st December 2021
Fran Lock's latest collection is a multivocal hybrid affected by grief, longing, rage, abjection.
15th November 2021
In Keith Ridgway's luminous new novel, the economic circumstances of his characters infect their confidence, their relationships, their self worth. They own nothing—not even their own stories.
30th October 2021
"We love Ross O'Carroll-Kelly! Should we?" — Kevin Power considers the evolving fates and functions of the Ross O'Caroll Kelly novels, which to date have sold over a million copies.
30th September 2021
Bebe Ashley's debut poetry collection "is an ambitious meditation on music, fandom, projection, and yes, Harry Styles".
16th September 2021
Lisa McInerney finds many wonders in Tice Cin's transgressive debut novel which "dodges the usual rules of storytelling".