I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

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Intimate Oscillations

A poet’s odyssey ‑ from Dublin suburbs out into the world and back

Not Like The Others

A pitch-perfect depiction of life as a teenage girl in 1980s Britain

The Pleasure Principle

A poet born to wealth and privilege whose gift miraculously survived

The Ghost Hunters

A literary treatment set in Florida of the classic ‘hero’s quest’ story

A Great Worker

The work which, 100 years ago, gave us the concept of the robot

Finding a Space

Women and writing in Ireland’s breakthrough feminist ‘second wave’

Rounding up the Strays

A new collection of the work of a doyenne of the literary review

Before the Deluge

A classic account of the life of a working class Parisian street

Priest of the Phallus

Lawrence’s skewed sexual politics and its legacy in the porn industry

The Flowering

The 1950s: a good time to be born for a girl who must write