Anna Carey

Anna Carey

The secret history of needlework, one strand at a time

The secret history of needlework, one strand at a time

In Threads of Life, Clare Hunter – a distinguished textile artist – explores the many ways in which women (and some men) have expressed themselves through sewing in general, and embroidery and appliqué in particular

Meditation on healing properties of a ramble in the natural world

Meditation on healing properties of a ramble in the natural world

Non-fiction: The Wild Remedy, By Emma Mitchell, Michael O’Mara Books, €17.95 Ten years ago th...

Through a troubled Lens

Through a troubled Lens

A new documentary, set to be screened on RTÉ, traces the lives of the people who endured the Troubles and the photographers who documented their stories. Anna Carey meets its director Tom Burke

Book in some reading time in 2019

Book in some reading time in 2019

With the promise of new titles from some of the biggest names in Irish and international literature, as well as a wide array of exciting debuts, this year is already shaping up to be a good one for book lovers. Anna Carey selects the upcoming highlights

A thoroughly modern moral panic in Victorian    London

A thoroughly modern moral panic in Victorian London

History: Murder by the Book: By Claire Harman, Penguin Viking, €17.25 On a May morning in 1840,...

O’Donnell evokes sinister Victorian scenes with some panache

O’Donnell evokes sinister Victorian scenes with some panache

FICTION: The House on Vesper Sands, By Paraic O’Donnell, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €17.50 Wh...

Heartfelt and hilarious, just like its heroine

Heartfelt and hilarious, just like its heroine

A perfectly observed character isn’t enough for a whole book unless she has a story to tell, but luckily Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen have created a surprisingly twisting plot in The Importance of Being Aisling

‘Things have changed hugely now [for women]. And I think it’s changing because generations feel younger in ourselves and expect to see ourselves reflected and stories that interest us’

‘Things have changed hugely now [for women]. And I think it’s changing because generations feel younger in ourselves and expect to see ourselves reflected and stories that interest us’

Drawn to the stage by reading Shakespeare at school, Ingrid Craigie has had a long and distinguished acting career and is about to appear in a new Druid production of Richard III, writes Anna Carey

Back to the very beginning

Back to the very beginning

Pat Barker tells Anna Carey how her latest novel – a reimagining of Homer’s epic from the point of view of Trojan women stolen by the Greeks – was inspired by a line from Philip Roth, and why she feels psychoanalysis would ruin her writing

Young, gifted and looking for magic

Young, gifted and looking for magic

Cork-born Caroline O’Donoghue’s debut novel, charting the quarter-life crisis of an ambitious twentysomething, is partially drawn from her own experiences as a hungry young creative, writes Anna Carey

Words from the wise

Words from the wise

Irish academic institutions have been late to establish creative writing courses, but as DCU becomes the latest to add a qualification to its timetable, Irish authors say it’s time we took the romance out of writing and rooted the craft in hard work and talent

French lessons: Kate Mosse

French lessons: Kate Mosse

Like all her other books, Kate Mosse’s latest novel The Burning Chambers is steeped in lore and history - and this time she’s training her sights on 16th-century France, writes Anna Carey

Sittenfeld grows in stature with skilful short stories

Sittenfeld grows in stature with skilful short stories

Curtis Sittenfeld has always written brilliantly about young adulthood, and her characters are often wrestling with the remnants of their younger selves

Searching for some good cheer in the London of the Blitz

Searching for some good cheer in the London of the Blitz

AJ Pearce is a natural storyteller with a light and witty touch, and the book is at its best when it embraces absurdity

Celeste Ng on Family affairs

Celeste Ng on Family affairs

American novelist Ng looks at the themes of family, class and race in her acclaimed new novel Little Fires Everywhere