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Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

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Belinda Bauer’s Rubbernecker has been named as crime novel of the year at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Life is strange for Patrick Fort - being a medical student with Asperger’s Syndrome doesn’t come without its challenges. And that’s before he is faced with solving a possible murder. Because the body Patrick is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. And now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery - while he dissects his own evidence…

The voyage of the Beagle (1831-1836) was one of the most important scientific expeditions in history. On board was the young naturalist Charles Darwin. His investigations would change science and the world forever. There was no sudden discovery on the Galapagos sparked by the finches as popular legend has it. Instead he intensively studied the geology, animals, plants and peoples of the lands visited. Along the way he made a number of striking discoveries, particularly in South America, which eventually led him to realize that living things must evolve over time. After his return home he formulated what he called “natural selection” to explain how living things adapt to a changing world. When he published his revolutionary On the Origin of Species in 1859, he began with the famous opening line “When on board H.M.S. ‘Beagle,’ as naturalist, I was much struck with certain facts.” (p. 1) As a research vessel HMS Beagle may not have had the internet, but she did have an impressive state-of-the-art library of about 400 volumes. The library was housed in book cases in the poop cabin at the stern of the ship, which was also Darwin’s cabin. Thus, Darwin lived and worked in the Beagle library for five years.

The “Ireland a Literary Atlas,” graphic maps out the literary contributions of writers from many of the counties in Ireland.

BuyBooks.ie and Neoman Studios have collaborated on an infographic which explores the literary history of Ireland.

(Source: mediabistro.com)


New book of local interest available in Castlepollard & Mullingar Libraries. Coming soon to Ballynacarrigy & Athlone. Check your local library for other items of local interest.

International Thriller Award winners announced

  • BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL Andrew Pyper – THE DEMONOLOGIST
  • BEST FIRST NOVEL Jason Matthews – RED SPARROW
  • BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL Jennifer McMahon – THE ONE I LEFT BEHIND
  • BEST SHORT STORY Twist Phelan – “Footprints in the Water”
  • BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL Cristin Terrill – ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
  • BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL Rebecca Cantrell – THE WORLD BENEATH

(Source: crimespreemag.com)

RIP Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer, born in 1923, has died. She was a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Gordimer’s writing dealt with moral and racial issues, particularly apartheid in South Africa. Under that regime, works such as Burger’s Daughter and July’s People were banned. She was active in the anti-apartheid movement, joining the African National Congress during the days when the organization was banned. She was also active in HIV/AIDS causes. (Wikipedia entry)

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Regarded by many as South Africa’s leading writer, Gordimer was renowned as a rigid moralist whose novels and short stories reflected the drama of human life and emotion in a society warped by decades of white-minority rule. Many of her stories dealt with the themes of love, hate and friendship under the pressures of the racially segregated system that ended in 1994, when Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president.(The Irish Times - Jul 14, 2014
The 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards were presented on Sunday, July 13th at Readercon 25, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts. Readercon Guests of Honor, Andrea Hairston and Kit Reed, hosted the ceremony.

Winner of Best Novel was : American Elsewhere, Robert Jackson Bennett

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Young skins wins Frank O’Connor Award

The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award has been given to Irish author Colin Barrett, for his debut collection Young Skins.

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This magnificent collection takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural Ireland - a town in which the youth have the run of the place. Boy racers speed down the back lanes; couples haunt the midnight woods; young skins huddle in the cold once The Peacock has closed its doors. Here the young live hard and wear the scars. It matters whose sister you were seen with. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, it matters a very great deal.
Colin Barrett’s debut does not take us to Glanbeigh alone; there are other towns, and older characters. But each story is defined by a youth lived in a crucible of menace and desire - and each crackles with the uniform energy and force that distinguish this terrific collection.

(Source: thebookseller.com)