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#18 Many Strings to de Bernières's Mandolin

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Release Date: 12/28/2020

#32 Myth-Making Michael Collins show art #32 Myth-Making Michael Collins

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Michael Collins is the the Irish Civil War's most famous casualty but there is a lot of “what-if-ery”about him, says Ireland’s best-known historian Diarmaid Ferriter.

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Playwright Rosaleen McDonagh talks about her activism, disability campaigning, journey through adult education which led to a Phd, and weaving together Traveller and settled culture, forging an identity from them.

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A delicate, rare bloom which is “like the blood diamonds of the flower world” and fetches millions of euro is the subject of poet Paul Perry’s first solo novel.

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Violet Gibson, an Irishwoman who attempted to shoot Mussolini, is a character in Evelyn Conlon’s short story collection, Moving About The Place.

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#28 Lisa McInerney's Riotous Revelations show art #28 Lisa McInerney's Riotous Revelations

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From social change to gender change - all bases are covered in this wide-ranging conversation with one of Ireland's most sparkling writers.

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#27 Look! It's A Woman Writer! show art #27 Look! It's A Woman Writer!

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A new collection of essays which reflect on the perils and compulsions of authorship, the vagaries of success and failure - and what counts as either.

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#26 Nora Barnacle - Joyce's Muse show art #26 Nora Barnacle - Joyce's Muse

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At the age of 20, Nora Barnacle left everything she knew behind to share the adventure of a lifetime with James Joyce.

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#25 Rónán Hession on Why Kindness is King show art #25 Rónán Hession on Why Kindness is King

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“One of the brilliant things about books is that you can buy a book by the very best writers and if it still costs a tenner – it doesn’t cost any more than bad writing,” says Rónán Hession.

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#24 John Banville Fades To Black show art #24 John Banville Fades To Black

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John Banville, who has killed off his own Benjamin Black pen name, is disturbed by explicit depictions of violence in popular culture.

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#23 Neil Jordan and the Runaway Slave show art #23 Neil Jordan and the Runaway Slave

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan runs parallel careers as a director and novelist, and his latest book is his most cinematic.

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Louis de Bernières may be known worldwide as the author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - but at nineteen, teaching in Colombia, he was known for something else. Dancing like a chicken.

He talks to City of Books about how "we raised a lot of dust, raised a lot of fun" during that life-changing period in South America. It taught him to read Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who influenced his work.

For more on his latest novel, The Autumn of the Acehttps://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1117235/the-autumn-of-the-ace/9781787301337.html

City of Books is produced and presented by Martina Devlin.