Waiting for Dilly Hearne

Two old Irish drug smugglers sit on a bench and chat in a derelict ferry terminal in Kevin Barry’s third novel, “Night Boat to Tangier.” It's a funny, dark, intoxicating story where the pages fly past under the quick-witted banter of Maurice and Charlie, who are looking for Maurice’s estranged daughter.

Grief wants to know

Here's a debut novel published by one of my fav publishing houses, Biblioasis. They send me unusually good books, and this time's no exception. "Malarky" by Anakana Schofield offers a unique perspective on an Irish woman's reaction to her husband's affair and her son's homosexuality. It's powerfully addictive.