Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

What a book this is! You might argue its literary merits as opposed to some of the other nominees this year, but as far as blood, sweat, tears and horror go, The Narrow Road to the Deep North has it all. It’s a novel that stays with you, and for that alone, it deserved to […]


Translations and Placenames

“We must learn those new names “¦ We must learn where we live. We must learn to make them our own.”On Monday night, I went to see Brian Friel’s modern classic play, Translations. Set in rural Ireland in the early 19th century, the action unfolds at a moment when the local people’s usual way of […]