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Brought to book, GAA's fall-out with Irish president Douglas Hyde
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A sense of foreboding pervades surprise Booker nominee
A debut novel from a high-achieving independent publisher, The Lighthouse has surprised some observers with its place on the Man Booker Prize shortlist. Disquieting, deceptive, crafted with a sly and measured expertise, Alison Moore's story could certainly deliver a masterclass in slow-burn storytelling to those splashier literary celebs who take more pains over a pyrotechnic...
Why overwrought atheism can never rival compassion of Christianity
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Denise Welch, former Corrie star and Celebrity Big Brother winner, knows that her escapades of the past have made her a prime tabloid target.
An engaging tale, but McEwan is certainly no Le Carré
On the inside cover of Ian McEwan's 13th full-length book, Peter Kemp of the Sunday Times declares him "the supreme novelist of his generation".
Lee Child pops into Belfast Eason's for book signing
International award-winning author Lee Child will be at Eason’s new flagship storetoday from 12:30pm to sign copies of his latest book A...
Fifty Shades Of Grey author's very passionate following
The queue of models and hipsters snakes outside the Shoreditch House club, demanding access to the exclusive rooftop event. The star of...
Husband of Fifty Shades of Grey author insists 'I'm no masochist'
The Northern Irish husband of Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James has denied that she based the seductive Christian Grey character on him.
Expert perfumier has a nose for an interesting tale
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Fifty Shades of Grey spoof gets book deal
A woman from Northern Ireland has said she can’t believe her luck after her spoof version of best-selling erotic tome Fifty Shades of Grey was picked up by a major publisher.
An aspiring debut more chick-lit than Jane Austen
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Northern Ireland Nightlife: The Eg, Alibi, Parlour, Roxy, Belfast - December 2014
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Northern Ireland Nightlife: Shiro
Northern Ireland Nightlife: The Eg, Alibi, Parlour, Roxy, Belfast - November 2014
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