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# author - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Writing in the #MeToo era: 'It was intimidating taking on something in fiction that was happening in real time'

We spoke to the author Kate Elizabeth Russell about what inspired her controversial but critically-acclaimed novel.

# author - Sunday 8 March, 2020

Eimear McBride: 'The amount of 'she's not a genius, she's a very naughty girl' I've got is just ridiculous'

The critically-acclaimed Irish author speaks to us about her new novel Strange Hotel.

# author - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Anne Enright: 'Pre-Trump, if you had a problem it was your problem. That's another head-wreck'

The author speaks to us as she publishes her latest novel, Actress.

# author - Sunday 29 December, 2019

These are the Irish novels to look out for in early 2020

It’s going to be a jam-packed year.

# author - Monday 25 November, 2019

Best-selling author Lee Child is applying for Irish passport because of Brexit

The novelist says he is “not a huge fan of Britain”.

# author - Saturday 31 August, 2019

A short story before bedtime: Bluebell Meadow by Benedict Kiely

Kiely would have been 100 on 15 August of this year. Born in Dromore, he had a long and prolific writing career.

# author - Saturday 8 June, 2019

Jared Diamond: 'It would be imprudent for Ireland to give itself over to self-pity and hatred from the past'

Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Jared Diamond talks about how countries recover – or don’t – from massive crises.

# author - Tuesday 14 May, 2019

Opinion: 'Children need to learn about LGBT issues in school - it will reassure them and combat fear'

Robin Stevens grew up in a generation were ‘gayness was erased’. Her books have shown her that young readers want to read about LGBTQ+ lives – and she wants to see more of this explored in schools.

# author - Sunday 5 May, 2019

From The42 The Rebellion against Modern Football: Conifa, unrecognised nations and celebrating the grassroots Interview

The Rebellion against Modern Football: Conifa, unrecognised nations and celebrating the grassroots

The42 speaks to James Hendicott, author of CONIFA: Football for the Forgotten, about his new book.

# author - Tuesday 30 October, 2018

Opinion: 'Why do we like reading about crime so much in Ireland? Because it offers escapism'

Crime writer Sam Blake explains that writing and reading crime can help you get away from the news when it’s grim. And unlike in real life, there’ll always be a satisfying ending.

# author - Saturday 11 August, 2018

Author John Boyne on the night he took 'too many pills' after break-up

The Irish author opened up about the night he almost took his own life after the breakdown of his marriage.

# author - Sunday 8 July, 2018

This epic novel explores Ireland's history during a century of hurt and shame

The novel, by Emer Martin, explores the fate of one Irish family.

# author - Monday 25 June, 2018

Children's book award drops Laura Ingalls Wilder's name over racist content

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award will now be known as the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.

# author - Saturday 16 June, 2018

By day, John Shevlin makes hats, but once a year he transforms into James Joyce

Meet Dublin’s go-to James Joyce lookalike.

# author - Tuesday 10 April, 2018

Patrick McCabe: 'There's a danger there's a tolerance of worthiness and political correctness in fiction that I find unattractive'

We spoke to the critically-acclaimed Irish author of books like The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto about his latest novel, Heartland.

# author - Wednesday 7 March, 2018

'I'm heartbroken': Irish author Emma Hannigan laid to rest following 11-year battle with cancer RIP

# author - Tuesday 20 February, 2018

Writers join together to push Irish author's new book to top spot after terminal diagnosis

Bestselling author Emma Hannigan announced on Friday that her breast cancer is now terminal.

# author - Thursday 28 December, 2017

From The42 'There were people approaching me in book signings saying you jinxed us' Author

'There were people approaching me in book signings saying you jinxed us'

Guillem Balague chats to The42 about his new book inside Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs.

# author - Sunday 26 November, 2017

Frank McGuinness's journey from 'timid Donegal boy' to successful writer Irish Book Awards This post contains videos

Frank McGuinness's journey from 'timid Donegal boy' to successful writer

We visited the writer in his office at UCD.

# author - Friday 27 October, 2017

Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice has died aged 43 RIP

Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice has died aged 43

The funeral mass for Fitzmaurice will take place in Greystones tomorrow afternoon.

# author - Wednesday 4 October, 2017

John Banville: 'Many people regard me as a misogynist. I am the opposite of a misogynist'

Considered one of Ireland’s greatest writers, he has penned what he says is a feminist sequel to Henry James’ novel The Portrait of A Lady.

# author - Thursday 24 August, 2017

Former IRA informer Sean O'Callaghan dies in Jamaica

O’Callaghan worked as a garda informer from within the provisional IRA during the 1980s.

# author - Sunday 30 July, 2017

This Northern Irish author's new novel could be the next Gone Girl

We talked to Stuart Neville, whose new book Here and Gone has been optioned for a movie.

# author - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

A book about a woman who locked herself into her house has won a €100k Dublin literary award

We spoke to its author, Angolan native José Eduardo Agualusa.

# author - Friday 12 May, 2017

A Harry Potter prequel handwritten by JK Rowling has been stolen

Author JK Rowling has appealed to Harry Potter fans and the public to help return it.

# author - Sunday 7 May, 2017

"We grew up in the North saying 'what is going on here, this is insane, it's pathetic'"

Actor Ciaran McMenamin’s debut novel is inspired by his youth growing up in Enniskillen during the Troubles

# author - Tuesday 14 March, 2017

Author behind heartbreaking Modern Love essay dies aged 51

Amy Krouse Rosenthal had recently written about being terminally ill and leaving behind her husband Jason.

# author - Sunday 5 March, 2017

'Parents protect children - but they deserve to know and understand what's happening in the world'

Author Jane Mitchell tells us why she wrote about the Syrian war in her latest book – and why she went to volunteer in Calais.

# author - Sunday 26 February, 2017

'Everyone says you can achieve your dreams and life will be perfect - but it will never be'

Writer Sara Baume tells us what inspired her second novel, about a young woman’s quarter-life crisis.

# author - Monday 2 January, 2017

Prodigious British author and art critic John Berger has died aged 90 RIP

Prodigious British author and art critic John Berger has died aged 90

Berger’s Ways of Seeing programme changed the face of art criticism.

# author - Tuesday 27 December, 2016

Watership Down author Richard Adams dies aged 96 RIP

Watership Down author Richard Adams dies aged 96

The novel was made into an animated film in 1978.

# author - Monday 21 November, 2016

Renowned Irish author William Trevor dies aged 88 RIP

Renowned Irish author William Trevor dies aged 88

The author died at his home in Devon, England.

# author - Saturday 22 October, 2016

"It was a shock to the system": Cycling the Iron Curtain on a shopping bicycle

We spoke to Tim Moore about his journey.

# author - Tuesday 27 September, 2016

From The Daily Edge 8 reasons Marian Keyes is a proven national treasure Lady Marian

8 reasons Marian Keyes is a proven national treasure

NOBODY say “chick lit”.

# author - Sunday 20 March, 2016

"I wrote from anger": This hard-hitting Irish book is about tattoos and tragedy

We spoke to the author, Deirdre Sullivan.

# author - Saturday 24 October, 2015

Leprechauns and fantasy make this Irish author one of the most popular in the world

We sat down with the famous writer for a chat about his latest projects.

# author - Monday 19 October, 2015

Revealing the hidden lives of the women behind the genius of Oscar Wilde

A new Irish book explores the role of women in Wilde’s life.

# author - Sunday 11 October, 2015

This incredible Irishman is unknown in Ireland - but he's one of our greatest writers

He’s not a household name here – but he is in Japan.

# author - Saturday 5 September, 2015

Louise O'Neill: "I wanted the reader to finish this book and be absolutely furious"

The Cork author’s book is one of the most talked-about novels of the year.

# author - Sunday 23 August, 2015

He was attacked and left for dead, but Robert chose to 'get better, not bitter'

Robert Drake, an author, saw his life changed in one night.

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