Tuesday, 9 November 2010

STINGING FLY REVIEW OF *YOU*

There is a thoughtful, generous review of my novel You in the new Stinging Fly by writer Mia Gallagher (she of the fabulous novel Hellfire).

It's not online but here's a wee flavour: 'Ní Chonchúir's characters jump off the page: arthritic Cora and fat-and-ugly coalman Noel, la-di-dah Auntie Bridget, lumpy, sad Liam. Her language is precise and earthy...she eschews showy descriptions for lived visceral experience.'

I am glowing! Thanks to Mia.

The Fly is the usual mix of poetry and fiction and there's even a graphic story by Kevin Barry illustrated by Alé Mercado. The cover is suitably wintery and in its new bulked up incarnation, the mag feels weighty and looks beautiful. There are plenty of writers I know between the covers: Niamh Bagnell, Grace Wells, Gerard Hanberry etc etc. I look forward to settling down for a good read. (I nearly wrote 'feed'!)

You can buy the mag here.

11 comments:

ALI PALMER said...

Congratulations! Wow, the new issue looks stunning.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Hi Ali
The cover is brilliant - that's a shot from Kevin and Alé's story. Cool or what?

Padhraig Nolan said...

Just read it - very balanced and perceptive review from a writer with impeccable taste. Nice one.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Thanks PJ. I'm delighted with it. It's learn-ed, I feel. Some of it made me giggle. And I admire her writing so much. Deadly.

FD Moran said...

Congratulations babe. Can't wait to read the review.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Thanks, love. I wonder will your Da notice it in between ranting about the magazine's general content!

eimearryan said...

Yay, congrats Nu! The Fly covers just get better and better.

Kar said...

Whoop! Congrats Nu, I'm delighted for you. My copy hasn't arrived yet, I can't wait now to get my hands on it now!

Rachel Fenton said...

Congratulations, Nu - I'd be grinning my head off, too!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Ta, girlies. It's a v well written review - it mad me laugh and think.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

Thanks for introducing me to The Stinging Fly, and CONGRATS on such a wonderful review of YOU!