Anna Carey

Anna Carey

‘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

Fine debut conjures up a vivid Georgian London

Fine debut conjures up a vivid Georgian London

A book about ambition, and pride, and class, and race and gender -- and a rollicking good read

Amy Tan rediscovers her past through personal essays

Amy Tan rediscovers her past through personal essays

MEMOIR: Where The Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir: By Amy Tan , Fourth Estate, €21.85

Writers react to Brexit in literary anthology

Writers react to Brexit in literary anthology

Anthology: Goodbye Europe: Writers and Artists Say Farewell , Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €23

Breathing new life into some festive hardy annuals

Breathing new life into some festive hardy annuals

If you only buy one bulker-upper this year, then make it this very cheering book

Jennifer Egan: She’ll take Manhattan

Jennifer Egan: She’ll take Manhattan

Six years ago, Egan won the Pulitzer Prize for the acclaimed story collection A Visit From The Goon Squad, but her new novel Manhattan Beach is a very different beast indeed

Erratic Eugenides hits the target just enough times

Erratic Eugenides hits the target just enough times

Fiction: Fresh Complaint, By Jeffrey Eugenides, Fourth Estate, €19.55

Philip King is raising hares in a church

Philip King is raising hares in a church

As co-founder of the Other Voices festival, King is charged with discovering new talent while staying true to the growing festival’s ethos and Kerry roots