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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Literature

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

Freefall in the Suburbs

In Danielle McLaughlin’s first novel brief moments of high drama intermingle with journeys into the complex, foggy territory

Stalking Truth

Geraldine Mitchell’s four collections have in part sprung from insights gleaned from a lifetime of covert observation