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Space to Think, a new book celebrating ten years of the Dublin Review of Books More Information 

    Catholic Truth

    Brian Trench
    The teaching of science was often a difficult matter in Irish Catholic educational institutions and respected thinkers could sometimes be met by flawed, incoherent and ignorant polemic.


    Aengus Woods
    László Krasznahorkai's novels are balanced between a precarious inertia and total collapse. The animating tension of his work resides not, as is the case in more conventional novels, in questions of who did what or what happens next, but in the question of what such a total collapse might look like, given the pervading sense of its inevitability.

    Madwomen in the Attic

    Lauren Hadden
    A novelistic exploration of Miss Havisham before Dickens got hold of her irresistibly recalls Jean Rhys’s brilliant work in the classic prequel genre.

    Interrupted Lives

    Gerald Dawe
    Fate dealt harshly with both JG Farrell and Stewart Parker, two hugely gifted Irish writers who died in their forties

    Neither Here Nor There

    Amy Wilson Sheldon
    Sherman Alexie writes of the lives of Washington state’s native Americans, who frequently do not feel quite at home either in Seattle or in the Indian reservations where many of them have roots.

    Nurse of the Infant Nation

    Nicola Gordon Bowe
    Alice Milligan, political activist and feminist and the first architect of Ireland’s national theatre movement, died in poverty and was largely forgotten by later generations

    The Wild Harvest

    Cormac Ó Gráda
    Before the inexorable advance of the conifer, the picking of wild berries on Irish hillsides often provided a welcome seasonal boost in income for poorer rural families.


    Morten Høi Jensen
    Enrique Vila-Matas plays some complex games with literature and characters yet any threat of heaviness is redeemed by his assured comic touch and fine sense of the ridiculous.

    Exuberantly Pluralist

    Paul Delaney
    George O’Brien’s impressive survey of fifty years of the Irish novel is inclusive, eclectic and insistently diverse.

    A Famine Document

    Laurence M Geary
    In April 1847 a vessel departed from Charlestown naval yard with eight hundred tons of relief supplies for the people of the city and county of Cork, paid for by the people of Boston and other towns in Massachusetts.