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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.

Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , , .

Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell is the highly anticipated new release from this much loved writer. Published with Tinder Press it is described as ‘a stunning new departure for Maggie...

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘It’s just my luck’ he said, ‘that when I finally find a soulmate, she’s fifteen years old.’ My Dark Vanessa, the debut novel by Kate Elizabeth Russell, is published with...

Stubborn Archivist by Yara Rodrigues Fowler
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Stubborn Archivist by Yara Rodrigues Fowler was first published by Fleet and is a novel garnering much attention. Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and...

The Book of Echoes by Rosanna Amaka
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘A story of love, hope and resilience rippling through the generations.’ The Book of Echoes is one that has taken Rosanna Amaka over twenty years to complete. Originally written with...

The Snakes by Sadie Jones
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

The Snakes is the latest novel by Sadie Jones. Just published with Vintage, it is described as ‘a new captivating modern classic – a morality tale about human nature, money,...

Akin by Emma Donoghue
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , .

It’s hard to read a new novel by Emma Donoghue and not make comparisons to the success of Room, uncomfortable masterpiece that it was. Akin is described as “her first...

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...