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John Boyne's The Heart's Invisible Furies about a gay man in post-war Ireland

JOHN Boyne accepts that he will forever be known as the author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, no matter how great his novels have been before or since his children's story became an international hit and was made into a movie But he doesn't begrudge the fact that his 2006 novel – in which an innocent nine-year-old boy, Bruno, the son of a Nazi commandant in the Second World War, befriends a Jewish boy in a concentration camp, unaware of his terrible plight – may have usurped better novels he has written.

Roald Dahl – storyteller and medical pioneer

Jenny Lee
MOST people know Roald Dahl as a famous writer of children's books, including George's Marvellous Medicine, but few are aware of his fascination with the world of medicine – or his contribution to it.

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Three Daughters Of Eve by Elif Shafak is published in hardback by Viking, priced £14.

A real Corker: Author Mark McAvoy on his Cork Rock music bible

David Roy
"I'M MUCH happier with this version, to be honest with you" enthuses author Mark McAvoy of his new revised and updated edition of Cork Rock: From Rory Gallagher to The Sultans of Ping – a definitive and highly readable guide to the rebel city's ever-evolving rock scene.

Book reviews: Study of battle to control the hearts and minds of public during Troubles

Francis Costello
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.

Exploring Jewish themes in Irish literature

Jenny Lee
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.

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