Review of The Game in Tuairisc

A lovely review of The Game as Gaeilge in Tuairisc, a news service in Irish for the Irish speaking community in Ireland and abroad. Bridget Bhreathnach wrote: ‘Saol rúndiamhair é saol an spóirt domsa ar go leor bealaí. Tuigim an áilleacht, tuigim an díograis, tuigim an chomrádaíocht, tuigim fiú tarraingt na hiomaíochta. Ina dhiaidh sin féin, tá go leor gnéithe de shaol an spóirt a chuireann as dom. Ní thuigim cén fáth go bhfuil níos mó meas ar spórt na bhfear ná spórt na mban, ná cén fáth go mbíonn daoine in aighneas lena chéile mar gheall ar chluiche amháin nó eile.  Déanann Coakley machnamh ar chuid de na ceisteanna seo sna haistí chomh maith le machnamh ar ghnéithe áille spreagúla an spóirt. Tá cur chuige tuisceanach, pearsanta, umhal aige sna haistí, cuid acu ar nós ‘Kisses’ agus ‘Miracles’ a tharraingeodh deoir as cloch eibhir.’ As Béarla: ‘The world of sport is a world of

Review in An Cosantóir

I was delighted with the review of The Game in An Cosantóir, the magazine of the Defence Forces of Ireland by Ruairí de Barra. He wrote: ‘[Sport] can be passionate and tribal; joyous and devastating; the essential trivial pursued with all-consuming intensity. This unmissable work explores it all. It truly isn’t often these days you read a work which is so thoughtfully written, it can move one to tears. Entertaining, honest, and thoughtful writing which lingers with you in the days after and makes it one you will always remember. The Game is such a book.’  

Review in The Irish Times

This review of The Game in The Irish Times by Rory Kiberd blew me away.  An extract: “This multi-faceted book ponders how sport teaches us about our own limitations, how winning is foundational on losing, losers being in far greater supply than winners; how defeats and victories are ephemeral. All lessons essential to life. Indeed, sport is like a more concentrated version of life, a microcosmic intensification of its vagaries. So, it’s fitting then that this book transcends its remit. It’s an enquiry into the philosophy of sport with universal application. Even people who’ve never kicked a ball or roared in triumph in the stands will love this. My absorption never faltered.” Full review here.  

Fertile Retelling of Homer’s Epic Poems is Revived

Joint Review of The Silence of The Girls by Pat Barker and Country by Michael Hughes in The Irish Examiner. Both these books are retellings of Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad and both are very successful in different ways. Click here to read.

Longing, Loss, Regret, Reparation … a Family Package

Longing, Loss, Regret, Reparation … a Family Package Review of Markus Zuzak’s new novel: Bridge of Clay in The Irish Examiner. This is Zuzak’s follow-up to the hugely successful The Book Thief. It’s an interesting and entertaining read, playful and tender. Photo of the review here.

Learning to Die by Thomas Maloney

Novel Comes to Life in its Second Half as Emotions Pitch. Review of Learning to Die by Thomas Maloney in The Irish Examiner. A novel in three parts, two of which are really rewarding. Five lives intersect in modern day England. Photo of review here.

Barry Proves Beyond Doubt He’s The King

A review in The Irish Examiner of Kevin Barry’s book of short stories, There Are Little Kingdoms, which was reissued by Cannongate in 2017. A typically masterful collection, brimming with soul, wit, and craft. Click here for photo.