March/ April 2014
Established in 1976, Books Ireland magazine remains the only publication of its kind with a dedicated focus on books of Irish interest, Irish publisher or Irish author. Published bi-monthly, it lists and reviews c. 1000 books per year and is THE essential guide to the world of Irish books and writing.
‘Books Ireland provides a breathing space, a garden if you will, where literature may continue to be valued for its own sake and discussed and appreciated in a climate of intellectual freedom and relaxation.’
Eamonn Kelly, playwright and award-winning short-storyist.
In this issue, leading economist Jim Power, author of recent report on the economic impact of the book trade in Ireland (worth about €132m per annum), shares some thoughts on the importance of booksellers in our latest opinion piece. We are also proud to be associated with the Irish Writers Centre in publishing the four winning entries of its Imbolc Bilingual Flash Fiction Competition.
Marking the 250th anniversary of the publication of ‘A Sentimental Journey’, Deirdre Ní Chuanacháin reviews the special anniversary edition of Laurence Sterne’s novel, placing it in its historic and literary context. History of a different kind is discussed by Thomas Bartlett, one of the editorial team of The Cambridge History of Ireland, with an insider’s view of this four-volume series covering 1,500 years of Irish history.
Mindful that it is the holiday season, we at Books Ireland have scanned recent publications and come up with a summer reading list for every kind of holiday, from staying at home to adventuring in exotic climes.
And we have not neglected our usual look at the best of recent début, crime, Irish and poetry books from our regular columnists. While the First Flush column covers all the books sent in over the last two months, so Irish book-lovers have plenty of choice when deciding what to buy. Two bookshops feature in this issue. Raven Books in Blackrock is celebrating ten years in business, while author Andrew Meehan shares some happy memories of the Caledonia bookshop in Glasgow.