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Literary Fiction

You can view our entire archive of book reviews further down the page, or go direct to your preferred genre using the list below. If you would like to submit a book review of your own to be considered for publication, you can do so here.

The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Sebastian Barry’s work in the past, I purchased the beautiful 2014 edition (Faber & Faber) of The Temporary Gentleman. Another heartrending and emotional read from Sebastian...

Expectation by Anna Hope
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , .

Expectation by Anna Hope was described by RTÉ’s Eileen Dunne as “a great holiday read” owing to Hope’s exploration of female friendships as they undergo the test of time. I...

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , .

Leonard and Hungry Paul is the story of two friends who gently and unobtrusively try to find their place in the world. Both in their 30s and both living at...

The Incorrigible Optimists Club by Jean-Michel Guenassia
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘A writer is being buried today. It’s like a final demonstration: an unexpected crowd – silent, respectful and anarchic – is blocking the streets and the boulevards around the Montparnasse...

Paris Syndrome by Lucy Sweeney Byrne
Posted by E.R. Murray in , .

Paris Syndrome is Lucy Sweeney Byrne’s debut collection, and the first book published by Banshee Press. The eleven auto-fictional stories transport us to a variety of intriguing locations, including Paris,...

Full of Grace by Orla McAlinden
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘In the seconds before the visitor pulls a balaclava over his five o’ clock shadow you already know he is bad news. A solitary figure slouching up the long farm...

Looker by Laura Simms
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , , .

In a chilling, suffocating style Laura Sims carves a credible character in The Professor. Her life in a sophisticated apartment building with an attractive husband and a respectable job is...

Love & Ruin by Paula McLain
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

In 1937, courageous and independent Martha Gellhorn travels to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War… Love & Ruin by Paula McLain, is a novel based...

A Nail, A Rose by Madeleine Bourdouxhe
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Meticulously translated from French by Faith Evans, a London-based editor, translator and literary agent, A Nail, A Rose, by Madeleine Bourdouxhe, was originally published in English in 1989 by The Women’s...

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , .

I need to be open in a very unprofessional way and declare straight off that this book was glorious, absolutely glorious. Daisy Jones is introduced to us in the late...