A great piece on an area I know and love as well.
By coincidence, my Hot Picks 2016 included three Irish writers. If I were to analyse my selections to date, it’s a fair bet that American authors would come out on top but recently I’ve been particularly impressed with the new talent from Ireland’s ever-vibrant literary scene: Louise O’Neill, Rob Doyle, Lisa McInerney (now longlisted for the Baileys Prize). My latest guest Annemarie Neary is based in London but there’s no mistaking her Belfast origins in debut literary thriller Siren. There’s an unusual slant to today’s Writers on Location as, for the first time in the series, the location of Lamb Island in the book is fictitious but closely modelled on a real place – and it felt very real to me (my review follows):
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