In Rude Health

On Sunday, at a ceremony in the Gresham Metropole Hotel in Cork, a resplendent Edna O’Brien won the 7th Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize. It is a prestigious award, not only for its association with the great Irish writer, O’Connor. It is the world’s most generous prize for the best collection of stories published that | Continue reading In Rude Health

Bloodland: An Interview with Alan Glynn

Last night (September 13th) saw the launch, at Dublin’s Gutter Bookshop, of Bloodland, the new crime thriller from Alan Glynn, author of Winterland and Limitless, which this year has been on our screens in a Box Office-topping adaptation featuring A-listers Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro. Set in multiple timezones, including Africa, Europe and North America, Bloodland (‘A cracking conspiracy | Continue reading Bloodland: An Interview with Alan Glynn

Qualified praise for the formidable ‘Miss Willmott of Warley Place’ – a horticultural legend

Ellen Ann Willmott One notable hit with readers among our past offerings has just received a very fine online appreciation: I speak of Miss Willmott of Warley Place by Audrey Le Lievre, a study of the pioneering turn-of-the-century gardener Ellen Ann Willmott (1858-1934). The York Cycling Gardener (a gardening service that presents and seems to | Continue reading Qualified praise for the formidable ‘Miss Willmott of Warley Place’ – a horticultural legend

The perenially ‘sharp’ if ‘under-read’ Sylvia (Townsend Warner); and ‘fantastic’ Faber Finds (!)

We are most grateful for any and all interest in our offerings from the well-read daily papers, and so take special pride in this commendation from the Guardian‘s September fiction paperback round-up of last week. Justine Jordan writes that: “the fantastic Faber Finds – “The Place for Lost Books” – has rescued Sylvia Townsend Warner’s | Continue reading The perenially ‘sharp’ if ‘under-read’ Sylvia (Townsend Warner); and ‘fantastic’ Faber Finds (!)

Listening post: ‘Faustine’ the Opera by Arlene Sierra & Lucy Thurber (after Emma Tennant)

www.arlenesierra.com I’ve mentioned in passing the exciting prospect of the adaptation for opera of Emma Tennant’s Faustine by the composer Arlene Sierra and the playwright Lucy Thurber. As the notes on this project adeptly summarise, this is “a story of an older woman, Muriel, who sells her soul to the devil for eternal youth because | Continue reading Listening post: ‘Faustine’ the Opera by Arlene Sierra & Lucy Thurber (after Emma Tennant)