Sally Rooney - Conversations With FriendsIrish Times Books add
Conversations With Friends, Sally Rooney’s critically acclaimed first novel, has picked up deserved word-of-mouth momentum since it was published earlier this year. In this month’s Irish Times Book Club podcast, recorded live at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin, Rooney explains how it came into being.For those who have yet to succumb to the pleasure of this talented young author’s debut, Conversations With Friends tells the lucid, painful, addictive, story of 21-year-old Frances, a Dublin student who embarks on a torturous affair with 32-year-old actor Nick, who is married to writer/photographer Melissa, who Frances’s closest friend and ex-girlfriend Bobbi has a bit of a crush on.Published by Faber after a seven-way bidding auction, Conversations with Friends was praised in The Irish Times for its fearless writing, while it was described in the New Yorker as “a new kind of adultery novel”.The novel - which tracks Frances’s relationship with Bobbi, Nick, Melissa, her parents, her body and her place in the world - unfolds in a wealth of smart exchanges, as Frances plays conversational table tennis and uses analytical language to deflect her emotions and hide the fact that she’s not anywhere near as relentlessly self-composed as she likes to make out.In this podcast, Rooney explores how she developed the distinctive tone of Conversations With Friends through dialogue, why people sometimes think she is Frances and Frances is her, and how she writes in concentrated, intense periods. She also gives us some hints about her recently submitted and much-anticipated second novel.
Adrian McKinty - Rain DogsIrish Times Books add
Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty is October’s Irish Times Book Club pick. The Edgar Award-winning thriller is the fifth in the Carrickfergus-born author’s Sean Duffy series about a Catholic RUC man set in Troubles-era Northern Ireland.McKinty spoke with Irish Times Books Editor Martin Doyle in Belfast’s Europa Hotel on Saturday, October 28th as part of the inaugural NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival.
Neil Hegarty - Inch LevelsIrish Times Books add
Why do so many readers tell writer Neil Hegarty that he captured their own family dynamic in his debut novel Inch Levels? Perhaps the burial of past traumas was so common an enterprise in Ireland among a certain generation, it meant many of the next generation grew up absorbing the bleak effects of this silence – the theme of Hegarty’s book. In this month’s Irish Times Book Club podcast, recorded live at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin, he tells us about the genesis of Inch Levels, a story of family secrecies, difficult dependencies and mutually enforced repressions. The novel has been praised for vividly evoking the wild beauty of the Lough Swilly shoreline – Hegarty, who is from Derry, talks about the importance of using location and landscape to map the mental processes of his characters. He also explains why a forgotten wartime tragedy was the starting point for this book, set between the 1930s and 1980s, tells us about the surprise Brexit interpretation that followed its publication in 2016 and explores the impact that writing fiction has had on his brain.
Shane Connaughton - Married QuartersIrish Times Books add
This month's novel is Married Quarters by Shane Connaughton. Books Editor Martin Doyle interviewed him at the West Cork Literary Festival.
Jennifer JohnstonIrish Times Books add
Welcome to the Irish Times Book Club podcast for June 2017.If this is your first time listening, you might be wondering how this works.Each month we run a series of articles on irishtimes.com on a chosen author. And at the end of each month we hold a public interview with that author at The Irish Writer's Centre on Parnell Square here in Dublin. It's free to attend. This month our chosen author is Jennifer Johnston. Jennifer's first novel The Captains and the Kings was published in 1972 when she was 42. Her latest work, Naming the Stars, a haunting tale of love, loss and memory, which was published by Tinder Press last year.Literary Correspondent Eileen Battersby interviewed Jennifer at The Irish Writer's Centre. Check irishtimes.com for information about upcoming Book Club events.
Booker Special - David Grossman and Jessica CohenIrish Times Books add
This week the Man Booker International Prize, awarded for fiction translated in English, was won by David Grossman and his translator Jessica Cohen for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar. They both spoke to Irish Times Literary Correspondent Eileen Battersby.
Conor O'Callaghan - Nothing on EarthIrish Times Books add
Eileen Battersby interviews Conor O'Callaghan about his novel Nothing on Earth at The Irish Writer's Centre.https://irishwriterscentre.iehttp://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-book-club
International Dublin Literary Award ShortlistIrish Times Books add
Irish Times literary correspondent Eileen Battersby joins Martin Doyle for a discussion about the shortlist of nominees for the International Dublin Literary Award, of which Anne Enright is the only Irish writer.
Michael CollinsIrish Times Books add
Michael Collins, the Man Booker and International Dublin Literary Award shortlisted author, who last year ran a marathon a day for a month to raise awareness of Canada’s Irish Famine victims, talks to Irish Times Books Editor Martin Doyle about his career spanning Ireland and Rust Belt America.This conversation took place at the Ennis Book Club Festival in Co. Clare and is brought to you in association with the Irish Writers Centre.
A look at the Man Booker International Prize longlist with Eileen BattersbyIrish Times Books add
Eileen Battersby talks to Martin Doyle about the works included on the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for fiction in English translation, and some of the notable omissions.
Mia Gallagher - Beautiful Pictures of the Lost HomelandIrish Times Books add
Visitors are reminded that they are about to enter the Wunderkammer, a floating chamber where normal spacetime conventions no longer apply…Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland has been described by Claire Kilroy as a book about how we process trauma and by Rosemary Jenkinson as less of an airport novel, more of a “rocket launch pad novel”.In a podcast recorded at the Irish Writers Centre in February, The Irish Times talks to its author, Mia Gallagher, about how and why she wrote this strangely compelling and compellingly strange epic.The writer and actor discusses using 1970s Dublin as a setting, the creation of her trans woman character Georgia Madden and why she wanted to write about the experiences of German speakers in the Sudetenland in the aftermath of the Second World War.The Irish Times Book Club podcast is produced in association with the Irish Writers Centre. If you would like to attend a recording of the book club podcast, visit www.irishwriterscentre.ie/irishtimesbookclub. You can also follow the conversation online at #ITBookClub.
Remembering Maeve BrennanIrish Times Books add
To celebrate the centenary of the birth of author and New Yorker magazine staff writer Maeve Brennan, whose work went largely unnoticed here until after her death, Irish Times books editor Martin Doyle and journalist Patrick Freyne talked to her biographer Angela Bourke.
Mike McCormack - Solar BonesIrish Times Books add
Welcome to the Irish Times Book Club podcast, recorded earlier this month in association with the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin’s Parnell Square. This month’s title is Solar Bones by Mike McCormack, currently shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize.It is 20 years since McCormack’s debut collection of stories, Getting it in the Head, won him the prestigious Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Two years later came his fist novel, Crowe’s Requiem, then a seven-year gap to its follow up, Notes from A Coma, described by John Waters as the best Irish novel of the decade, then another seven-year gap before his second collection, Forensic Songs in 2012.
Rob DoyleIrish Times Books add
Rob Doyle discusses his collection of inter-linked fictions, This is the Ritual, his follow-up to his successful debut, Here are the Young Men, with Laura Slattery, co-host of the Irish Times Book Club podcast, in front of a live audience at the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin. The wide-ranging interview explores the author’s autobiographical approach to writing, the writers who populate his fictions and his desire to test boundaries.