Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic

Darragh McGrath reviews the first novel in V.E. Schwab’s fantasy series “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still” -Lila Bard I like to think of those of us who were introduced to reading and literature through Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings as the connoisseurs of the fantasy genre. For the past two decades, bookstore shelves have been adorned with … Continue reading Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic

Rituals: An Interview with Rob Doyle

Laura Hussey discusses the change of momentum in the Irish literary scene with Dublin based author, Rob Doyle. Rob Doyle has just released his second book This is the Ritual, the first of his published by Bloomsbury. I let him know that This is the Ritual is placed on the shelf in Waterstones Cork next to Edna O’Brien’s latest novel The Little Red Chairs. He … Continue reading Rituals: An Interview with Rob Doyle

Blood on the Page: An Interview with Eimear McBride

Just days after submitting the final draft of her second novel to the publishers, Eimear McBride spoke to Laura Hussey about the success of her debut novel, her unique writing style and why the second book has blood on the pages. Although it took the better part of a decade to get her first novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing published, Eimear McBride never … Continue reading Blood on the Page: An Interview with Eimear McBride

Not Asking For It

Author Louise O’Neill speaks with Emily Horgan about her second book, Asking For It, which has the likes of Marian Keyes gushing praise and has sparked a national discussion on rape culture and consent.   Our culture often couples ‘rape’ with the idea of ‘blurred lines.’ Questions about alcohol intake, clothing, and past promiscuity pad out these perceived ‘grey areas,’ focusing more responsibility on the victim to … Continue reading Not Asking For It