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Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor (Secker & Warburg)

“All night long he would walk the ship, from bow to stern, from dusk until quarterlight, that stick-like limping man from Connemara with the drooping shoulders and ash-coloured clothes”. I HAD to re-read Joseph O’Connor’s towering fiction on the Irish … Continue reading

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Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor (Harvill Secker)

My dearest Ellen, Please excuse this too-long-delayed response JOSEPH, how nice to see you again. Another tome, lovely. A pleasure, I am sure. A treat even. Back in the Ghost Light territory are we? I never connected that Bram Stoker … Continue reading

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The Thrill of it All by Joseph O’Connor (Harvill Secker)

“My name is Robbie Goulding. I was once a musician. For five years in the 1980s I played guitar with The Ships.” I gave my first copy to my daughter in New York who is into her music. The second … Continue reading

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Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor (Secker)

“In the top floor room of the dilapidated townhouse across the Terrace, a light has been on all night.” O’CONNOR becomes the first writer in this blog to have two books listed in the 101 lists. No apologies there. As … Continue reading

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Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor (Secker)

IT is a while since I read Joseph O’Connor’s masterly narration of the Irish migration post famine distilled into the tale of a single boat’s crossing. It was as I recall the first book to be introduced on Richard and … Continue reading

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Zeitoon by Dave Eggers (Hamish Hamilton)

“On moonless nights the men and boys of Jableh, a dusty fishing town on the coast of Syria, would gather their lanterns and set out in their quietest boats…” America likes rules. After the 10 commandments came another 10,000 lesser … Continue reading

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AN ISOLATIONIST'S READING LIST

FOR the best in modern writing compiled over much of the past decade just tick the 101 button to the right, a compendium of independent recommendations from my book shelf, fairly scrupulously curated, in no order because each rewards the … Continue reading

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