BOOK OF THE WEEK The BBC’s Irish Troubles: Television, Conflict and Northern Ireland by Robert J Savage, published by Manchester University Press ROB Savage’s study of the battle to control the hearts and minds of the public during the Troubles is groundbreaking, underscoring throughout how contention between British ministers, civil servants, broadcasting authorities and journalists, as well as the military and police over approaches to media coverage was in many ways itself part of the conflict.
THE works of Jennifer Johnston, John Banville, Fergus O'Connell, Tom Paulin, John Boyne, Ellis Dillon, Iris Murdoch and Frank O'Connor are among those under the spotlight in the Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture at Belfast's Linen Hall Library today.
NON-FICTION A Nun's Story by Sister Agatha, published by John Blake Publishing IN WHAT could be termed a lightbulb moment, Shirley Leach read back her own handwriting declaring that she was to become a nun.
THERE is a well-established tradition of actors becoming authors: the late Carrie Fisher wrote a trio of well-regarded novels during the 1980s and 90s, most notably the semi-autobiographical Postcards From The Edge, while Woody Allen, Steve Martin, James Franco and Ethan Hawke have all published critically acclaimed works of fiction.
Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary, published in hardback by Harvill Secker IRISH actor Karl Geary's debut novel is a bittersweet love story between Sonny, schoolboy and butcher's shop assistant, and the enigmatic Vera, a much older woman who resides in the eponymous Montpelier Parade.
READY for the next Girl On The Train? Or perhaps you want to dip into a debut you'll devour in one sitting? Next year is looking promising for both fiction and non-fiction fans, as both new and established authors come to the fore.