Billy O’Callaghan on Writing His Début Novel

Billy O'Callaghan is an Irish short fiction writer and author.

Billy O’Callaghan was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1974. He is the author of three short story collections: ‘In Exile’ (2008) and ‘In Too Deep’ (2009), both published by Mercier Press, and ‘The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind’ (2013) published by New Island Books. His first novel, The Dead House, was published

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Matt Wilven on His Debut Novel

Matt Wilven is a British writer and author of te debut novel, The Blackbird Singularity.

Matt Wilven was born in Blackpool in 1982. After receiving an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing, he spent the next ten years honing his craft. His part-time jobs in this time included: bingo caller, ice-cream man, fishmonger and paintball operative amongst other weird and wonderful jobs. Fresh from burying a library of juvenilia beneath

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Book Review: The Blackbird Singularity

The Blackbird Singularity is a debut novel by Matt Wilven.

Title: The Blackbird Singularity Author: Matt Wilven Genre: Literary fiction Publisher: Legend Press Release Date: August 1, 2016 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 272 Synopsis: Vince stops taking his lithium when he finds out about his partner’s pregnancy. As withdrawal kicks in, he can barely hold his life together. Somewhere between making friends with a

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Book Review: Red Dirt

Red Dirt is a debut novel by Irish author Elizabeth Reapy.

Title: Red Dirt Author: E.M. Reapy Publisher: Head of Zeus Release Date: June 2, 2016 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 255 Synopsis: Three young Irish people have come to Australia, running from the economic ruins of their home country and their own unhappy lives. In this promised land, stunned by the heat and the vast

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Best First Novel Award Shortlist 2016

Best New Novel Award

The Authors’ Club has announced the six novels which have been shortlisted for the 2016 Best First Novel Award. The prize is for the debut novel of a British, Irish or UK-based author, first published in the UK, and there is no age limit. This is the 62nd year of the prize. Best First Novel

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Book Review: The Bones of It

The Bones of It is a debut novel by author Kelly Creighton from Northern Ireland.

Title: The Bones of It Author: Kelly Creighton Genre: Fiction Publisher: Liberties Press Release Date: May 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 240 Synopsis: The Bones of It is a psychological crime thriller set in present day County Down, Northern Ireland. Sixteen years after the Good Friday Agreement, twenty-two-year-old Scott McAuley, son of ex-paramilitary Duke

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Annika Milisic-Stanley on Her Novel

Annika Milisic-Stanley is the author of The Disobedient Wife.

Annika Milisic-Stanley was born in 1975 in the United States to Swedish and Anglo-German parents, but grew up in Britain. In addition to writing and painting, Annika works as a campaigner to raise awareness on the plight of refugees in Southern Europe. Anikka’s debut novel, ‘The Disobedient Wife’ was published in November 2015 and she

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Book Review: The Disobedient Wife

The Disobedient Wife is a debut novel by Annika Milisic-Stanley.

Title: The Disobedient Wife Author: Annika Milisic-Stanley Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Cinnamon Press Release Date: November 9, 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 271 Synopsis: The Disobedient Wife intertwines the narratives of a naïve, British expatriate, Harriet, and that of her maid Nargis, who possesses an inner strength that Harriet comes to admire as their

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Book Review: Letters to the End of Love

Letters to the end of Love is a novel by Australian author, Yvette Walker.

Title: Letters to the End of Love Author: Yvette Walker Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: University of Queensland Press Release Date: July 1, 2013 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 252 Synopsis: Three stories, three secrets, and three marriages are the focus of this brilliantly written and literary debut novel. In a coastal village in Cork in

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Burial Rites

Book cover for Burial Rites.

Title: Burial Rites Author: Hannah Kent Genre: Fiction Publisher: Back Bay Books Release Date: April 1, 2014 Format: Audio / Digital / Hardback / Paperback Pages: 352 Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Australian author Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is

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Book Review: Looking Through Water

Title: Looking Through Water Author: Bob Rich Genre: Fiction Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Release Date: November 3, 2015 Format: Hardback Pages: 208 Synopsis: In Looking Through Water, William McKay finds himself reliving his past to help his troubled grandson, Kyle, deal with the present. William’s story starts on an Adirondacks lake and wends its way through

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