Edna O'Brien

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Edna O'Brien to receive France's highest honour for the arts
The 90-year-old Irish writer will be named commander of the French Ordre des Arts et Lettres on Sunday

Alison Flood

03, Mar, 2021 @12:32 PM

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Edna O’Brien on turning 90: ‘I can’t pretend that I haven’t made mistakes’
Ireland’s greatest living writer is as ambitious as ever. She talks about working in Nigeria, coping with critics – and one final novel

Sarah Hughes

13, Dec, 2020 @6:30 AM

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Elena Ferrante names her 40 favourite books by female authors
List by pseudonymous author of beloved Neapolitan novels includes Zadie Smith, Sally Rooney and several Italian classics

Sian Cain

21, Nov, 2020 @12:01 AM

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Irish women writing fiction were dismissed as 'quiet'. Ireland wasn't listening

Sally Rooney is the latest in a long line of Irish women tackling weighty subjects in fiction – the difference now is that the world is finally taking them seriously

Kathleen MacMahon

30, Jul, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Edna O'Brien: 'Reading Charles Darwin dislodged my religious education'
The Irish novelist on reading prayer books as a child, her admiration for Silent Spring author Rachel Carson and how Chekhov ‘saved her sanity’

Edna O'Brien

01, May, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Scholars hit back over New Yorker ‘hatchet job’ on Edna O'Brien
Irish literary critics unite to defend novelist after article portrayed her as ‘deceitful, flighty and self-pitying’

Dalya Alberge

12, Apr, 2020 @8:05 AM

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Women's prize for fiction lines up 'heavy hitters' on 2020 longlist
Three Booker winners lead a 16-strong field contending for £30,000 prize in what judges described as ‘an extraordinary year’

Alison Flood

03, Mar, 2020 @12:01 AM

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Of course fiction tells someone else’s story | Letters
Letters: Readers respond to the idea of cultural appropriation in literature and the assumption that only those with lived experience are able to tell an authentic story

Letters

03, Feb, 2020 @7:05 PM

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A portrait of the artist’s grandson | Letter
Letter: The late Stephen Joyce, a blue plaque, and a truly Joycean moment

Letters

29, Jan, 2020 @6:15 PM

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Irish novelist Edna O'Brien wins lifetime achievement award
Country Girls author receives £40,000 David Cohen prize seen as Nobel precursor

Sian Cain

26, Nov, 2019 @8:10 PM

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Girl by Edna O’Brien review – painful, bold and challenging
Edna O’Brien balances tact and audacity in this novel set amid the atrocities of Boko Haram

Anthony Cummins

16, Sep, 2019 @10:00 AM

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Girl by Edna O’Brien review – a masterclass of storytelling
The Irish author lays bare the trauma of Nigeria’s abducted schoolgirls in this remarkable novel

Alex Clark

06, Sep, 2019 @6:30 AM

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