On Reading

Listening vs Reading: Audiobooks

In our house, we’re well-versed in the world of audiobooks as they are the reason why our family holidays are successful. I love to read books (well, duh) but my husband doesn’t.  It’s not the books themselves mind you, it’s just the physical act of reading sentence after sentence for three hundred pages – his […]

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Book Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Unusually, I listened to this book instead of reading it.  Actually, this was the very first book I ever listened to.  I had taken Audible.com up on their free introduction, and having downloaded this book, promptly cancelled my membership, quite convinced I’d never have time to listen to an entire book. I was wrong.  It […]

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Writing Competition: Fish Anthology Flash Fiction

If you’ve made it this far into a site about books and writing, you’ve no doubt heard of the Fish Anthologies. Well respected as a launching board for many of Ireland’s best known writers, Fish Publishing have hosted annual competitions for years, with the winners featuring in their popular anthologies. There’s still a little bit […]

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Limerick Literary Festival in Honour of Kate O’Brien

I once made an absolute eejit of myself in a room full of local writers by wondering out loud why Limerick didn’t have a literary festival like Waterford, Listowel, Cork and all the rest. It turns out that Limerick very much does have an annual literary festival, except it was called the Kate O’Brien weekend […]

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Book Review: Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

This is a short, snappy book – more a long short story, if such a thing exists.  The book hurtles along at pace, partly because of the author’s easy, flowing style and partly because it captures a short, furtive period of time. Based in New Hampshire and centred on a blistering hot bank holiday weekend […]

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