Arts Interview: Red hot writer

First-time Irish novelist Paul Lynch has already been compared to Stieg Larsson, but his debut, which does start with a murder, is a much more vivid and poetic read.

27th April, 2013
Paul Lynch: 'I loved being a journalist, but I knew I wanted to write fiction at some point in my life.' Photo: Tony O'Shea

If writing a novel is a dream for many journalists, it's one that brings fear and trepidation with it. Novel-writing involves risk and scant hopes of commercial rewards. But Irish journalist Paul Lynch took the plunge anyway. He was two days into a month-long writing sabbatical from his job at the Sunday Tribune when the phone rang. The paper had collapsed and everyone's jobs were gone.

That was in February 2011. Lynch was the Tribune's...

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