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# fiction - Sunday 27 December, 2020

Book lovers - here's the international fiction to watch out for in 2021
# Get Reading
# Get Reading

Book lovers - here's the international fiction to watch out for in 2021

Dec 27th 2020, 8:30 PM 27,728 Views 3 Comments

From Irish to international authors, we have you covered.

# fiction - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

Irish author Colum McCann longlisted for Booker Prize
# Booker Prize
# Booker Prize

Irish author Colum McCann longlisted for Booker Prize

Jul 28th 2020, 8:43 AM 8,946 Views 1 Comment

McCann was nominated for his novel Apeirogon.

# fiction - Monday 14 October, 2019

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo named as joint winners of 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction
# Booker Prize
# Booker Prize

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo named as joint winners of 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction

Oct 14th 2019, 10:05 PM 14,129 Views 11 Comments

Atwood has been awarded for The Testaments and Evaristo has been awarded for Girl, Woman, Other.

# fiction - Saturday 21 September, 2019

Robert Harris: 'People ask if I'd write about Boris or Trump; and I say no, because it's meaningless'
# The Second Sleep
# The Second Sleep

Robert Harris: 'People ask if I'd write about Boris or Trump; and I say no, because it's meaningless'

Sep 21st 2019, 10:00 PM 14,868 Views 6 Comments

The historical novelist spoke to TheJournal.ie about his new novel, The Second Sleep.

# fiction - Tuesday 3 September, 2019

Six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction
# Booker Prize
# Booker Prize

Six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction

Sep 3rd 2019, 12:52 PM 23,505 Views 2 Comments

Irish author Kevin Barry had made the longlist for the 2019 awards. However, he did not make the shortlist.

# fiction - Sunday 28 October, 2018

'Can you imagine how horrific that must be?': Ex-IRA man pens book about tiger robberies
# Northern Heist
# Northern Heist

'Can you imagine how horrific that must be?': Ex-IRA man pens book about tiger robberies

Oct 28th 2018, 7:00 PM 31,036 Views 9 Comments

Richard O’Rawe was one of the H-block Blanketmen during the Troubles, and has written previously about the life of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four.

# fiction - Tuesday 24 July, 2018

Three Irish authors have made the longlist for the Man Booker Prize
# Books
# Books

Three Irish authors have made the longlist for the Man Booker Prize

Jul 24th 2018, 7:36 AM 21,583 Views 17 Comments

Sally Rooney, Donal Ryan and Anna Burns will all compete for the award.

# fiction - Thursday 8 February, 2018

This man will be the face of Irish fiction for the next three years
# Literature
# Literature

This man will be the face of Irish fiction for the next three years

Feb 8th 2018, 12:00 PM 15,675 Views 15 Comments

Sebastian Barry has been chosen as the Laureate for Irish Fiction 2018-2021.

# fiction - Friday 1 December, 2017

Bad Sex Award 2017: Here's the worst example of writing about sex this year
# Turned Off
# Turned Off

Bad Sex Award 2017: Here's the worst example of writing about sex this year

Dec 1st 2017, 1:32 PM 32,152 Views 32 Comments

The Bad Sex in Fiction Award goes to an outstandingly bad sex scene description in an otherwise good novel.

# fiction - Saturday 25 November, 2017

Short story: 'When Blue Snowflakes Fall' by Eoin Dolan Lane
# Read Me
# Read Me

Short story: 'When Blue Snowflakes Fall' by Eoin Dolan Lane

Nov 25th 2017, 7:30 PM 7,915 Views 4 Comments

The Broken Spiral, an anthology of short stories which will raise funds for the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

# fiction - Saturday 7 October, 2017

Irish writers are pushing boundaries with books featuring abortion and marriage break-ups
# Fighting Words
# Fighting Words

Irish writers are pushing boundaries with books featuring abortion and marriage break-ups

Oct 7th 2017, 11:30 AM 10,138 Views 17 Comments

We talked to authors and people in the trade about how commercial fiction is tackling tough issues.

# fiction - Wednesday 30 November, 2016

'My body was her gearstick' - The winner of the Bad Sex in Fiction Prize has been revealed
# Reading Between The Loins
# Reading Between The Loins

'My body was her gearstick' - The winner of the Bad Sex in Fiction Prize has been revealed

Nov 30th 2016, 9:39 PM 27,455 Views 32 Comments

It’s bad. Very bad.

# fiction - Wednesday 18 November, 2015

8 toe-curlingly awful lines from this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award nominees
# Turned Off
From The Daily Edge
# Turned Off

8 toe-curlingly awful lines from this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award nominees

Nov 18th 2015, 10:03 AM 5,533 Views 5 Comments

NSFW (or for life), obviously.

# fiction - Monday 9 November, 2015

These 7 Irish novels have been nominated for the world's most valuable literary prize
# Literary
# Literary

These 7 Irish novels have been nominated for the world's most valuable literary prize

Nov 9th 2015, 11:00 AM 21,472 Views 13 Comments

160 books were nominated by libraries in 118 cities and 44 countries worldwide.

# fiction - Friday 19 June, 2015

Mr. Holmes shows human nature is the biggest mystery of all
# Opinion
# Opinion

Mr. Holmes shows human nature is the biggest mystery of all

Jun 19th 2015, 1:00 PM 268 Views 6 Comments

Revisiting and exploring classic stories might seem a cynical exercise steeped in nostalgia, but it does allow for reflection and analysis.

# fiction - Saturday 28 February, 2015

Martin takes aim at 'Enda the Fireman', says Taoiseach 'promoting a fairytale'
# Shots Fired
# Shots Fired

Martin takes aim at 'Enda the Fireman', says Taoiseach 'promoting a fairytale'

Feb 28th 2015, 4:58 PM 10,771 Views 55 Comments

In a blistering attack on Fine Gael, Micheál Martin said their party conference “may well have set a world record for the amount of arrogant self-praise”.

# fiction - Thursday 29 January, 2015

This woman will be the face of Irish fiction for the next three years
# Way With Words
# Way With Words

This woman will be the face of Irish fiction for the next three years

Jan 29th 2015, 6:59 PM 12,396 Views 6 Comments

It was a unanimous choice.

# fiction - Sunday 9 November, 2014

Obsession, sex, weight and women - welcome to the world of Only Ever Yours
# BGEIBA
# BGEIBA

Obsession, sex, weight and women - welcome to the world of Only Ever Yours

Nov 9th 2014, 6:30 PM 27,091 Views 20 Comments

Louise O’Neill’s debut novel has been getting rave reviews.

# fiction - Sunday 10 August, 2014

Is this woman the best Irish writer you've never heard of?
# Maeve's House
# Maeve's House

Is this woman the best Irish writer you've never heard of?

Aug 10th 2014, 11:00 AM 22,346 Views 11 Comments

Maeve Brennan wrote incredible short stories and essays. A new play explores her work and legacy.

# fiction - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Irish author Eimear McBride wins £30,000 Baileys Prize for her debut novel
# Congrats
# Congrats

Irish author Eimear McBride wins £30,000 Baileys Prize for her debut novel

Jun 5th 2014, 9:37 AM 6,198 Views 14 Comments

She spent more than a decade trying to get it published – and now it’s won one of the biggest prizes in literature.

# fiction - Saturday 1 March, 2014

Column: What is Fan Fiction – and why is it making people nervous?
# Flight Of Fancy
# Flight Of Fancy

Column: What is Fan Fiction – and why is it making people nervous?

Mar 1st 2014, 7:00 PM 27,609 Views 102 Comments

It has become an internet sensation over the last decade, but not all is as it seems in the world of Fan Fiction, writes Stephen Downes.

# fiction - Friday 13 December, 2013

James Bond unable to stir drinks due to 'alcohol induced tremor'
# James Bombed
# James Bombed

James Bond unable to stir drinks due to 'alcohol induced tremor'

Dec 13th 2013, 10:22 PM 21,042 Views 29 Comments

A BMJ study has revealed that the spy consumed over four times the recommended weekly allowance of alcohol.

# fiction - Thursday 21 November, 2013

US retailer says sorry for labelling the Bible 'fiction'
# Oh God Sorry
From The Daily Edge
# Oh God Sorry

US retailer says sorry for labelling the Bible 'fiction'

Nov 21st 2013, 6:00 PM 20,320 Views 203 Comments

Costco was very apologetic after a pastor spotted the label.

# fiction - Saturday 13 July, 2013

7 foods that are good for you (despite their bad reputation)
# Nutrition
# Nutrition

7 foods that are good for you (despite their bad reputation)

Jul 13th 2013, 11:30 AM 32,651 Views 76 Comments

A nutrition consultant weighs in on fried foods, soy, wheat and eggs.

# fiction - Friday 3 May, 2013

Dublin author Mary McCarthy dies following cancer battle
# Books
# Books

Dublin author Mary McCarthy dies following cancer battle

May 3rd 2013, 5:35 PM 16,596 Views 20 Comments

The author of five novels passed away last night following a year-long cancer battle which she wrote about for TheJournal.ie last year.

# fiction - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Author Iain Banks has late stage cancer, says he has less than a year to live
# Books
# Books

Author Iain Banks has late stage cancer, says he has less than a year to live

Apr 3rd 2013, 4:03 PM 12,349 Views 31 Comments

The Scottish novelist said that he did not expect to live beyond a year.

# fiction - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

8 of the worst sex scenes you'll read this year
# Not Ok
From The Daily Edge
# Not Ok

8 of the worst sex scenes you'll read this year

Nov 21st 2012, 11:05 AM 22,414 Views 19 Comments

The nominees for the 2012 Bad Sex Awards have been announced… Brace yourself.

# fiction - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Maeve Binchy’s final book tops Amazon’s pre-order list
# Bestselling
# Bestselling

Maeve Binchy’s final book tops Amazon’s pre-order list

Nov 8th 2012, 4:27 PM 10,651 Views 16 Comments

Binchy’s long-term agent Christine Green said it was a bittersweet day because “we want to celebrate the book but we want her to be here too”.

# fiction - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

Is this the worst possible opening sentence to a novel?
# Perfect Opening Line
From The Daily Edge
# Perfect Opening Line

Is this the worst possible opening sentence to a novel?

Aug 14th 2012, 10:52 AM 15,671 Views 19 Comments

A US university has announced the winner of a contest to find the worst-possible opening sentence to a novel. Warning: it’s pretty bad.

# fiction - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

Open thread: What Maeve Binchy book do you recommend?
# Your Shout
# Your Shout

Open thread: What Maeve Binchy book do you recommend?

Jul 31st 2012, 12:00 PM 13,854 Views 19 Comments

Readers of the late, great Irish author have been reminiscing on the Binchy novel that touched them – which one would you give to a friend who had never read her work?

# fiction - Friday 13 April, 2012

JK Rowling's adult book: What's it all about?
# After Harry
From The Daily Edge
# After Harry

JK Rowling's adult book: What's it all about?

Apr 13th 2012, 1:33 PM 4,853 Views 3 Comments

It may lack wizard, witches and spells but the new title has booksellers excited.

# fiction - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

Prepare to cringe: US author wins the Bad Sex in Fiction Award - and it's bad
# Facepalm
From The Daily Edge
# Facepalm

Prepare to cringe: US author wins the Bad Sex in Fiction Award - and it's bad

Dec 7th 2011, 7:15 AM 5,003 Views 6 Comments

How bad can sex writing be? Pretty bad, judging by this year’s entries to the Bad Sex in Fiction Award.

# fiction - Thursday 20 October, 2011

Seamus Heaney to get lifetime award as Irish Book Awards shortlist released
# Book Awards
# Book Awards

Seamus Heaney to get lifetime award as Irish Book Awards shortlist released

Oct 20th 2011, 7:12 PM 614 Views 2 Comments

The Nobel laureate will be honoured at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards 2011.

# fiction - Thursday 9 June, 2011

Youngest ever winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction
# Literature
From The Daily Edge
# Literature

Youngest ever winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction

Jun 9th 2011, 12:53 PM 371 Views 1 Comment

Twenty-five-year-old Serbian-American Téa Obreht beat off competition from the favourite, Irish writer Emma Donoghue.

# fiction - Wednesday 8 June, 2011

Column: Female writers don't need their own prizes to compete with men
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Female writers don't need their own prizes to compete with men

Jun 8th 2011, 11:26 AM 7 Views 9 Comments

The annual Orange Prize for fiction by a woman will be awarded tonight. But why shouldn’t female artists compete with the boys, asks Eleanor Fitzsimons.

# fiction - Wednesday 18 May, 2011

Watch: Philip Roth wins International Man Booker Prize
# Booker
From The Daily Edge
# Booker

Watch: Philip Roth wins International Man Booker Prize

May 18th 2011, 10:48 AM 444 Views 0 Comments

One of the award’s judges wasn’t pleased with the final decision, though. Carmen Callil resigned when she heard that the American author was being given the £60,000 literary prize.