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Smother review – Maeve Binchy-esque thriller is entirely addictive

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Smother (Alibi), a new County Clare-set thriller by novelist and television writer Kate O’Riordan, reminds me – and I have few higher compliments – of the work of Maeve Binchy, if she had ever turned her hand to whodu...

Simone Biles wins all of my medals

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This week was not the first time I watched Simone Biles in action and thought “Wow, I wish I could do that!” It was, however, the first time I thought I might actually be able to. I myself am a writer, making me the n...

Take it from an Irish woman: if US abortion rights keep slipping, dark days are coming

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I am a woman in America who can bear children, and this means that there are powerful people coming for me, with detailed and strategic plans to control my body. Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? It is dramatic, more so be...

I don’t have kids. Can I hang with yours?

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I stopped by my friend Rashi’s house yesterday, but she was asleep. She still lives with her parents, and they were delighted to see me and hear news of the outside world. Honestly, I kind of got stuck talking to them...

Has living through Covid made me a hypochondriac? I asked some experts

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Like the unnamed woman Drake sings about in his 2015 hit Hotline Bling, I’ve been wearing less – at least metaphorically – and going out more. Apparently she started to behave that way ever since Drake left the city. ...

Helping the helpers: it’s time to support those who hold Britain’s communities together

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Queues at food banks, schools charging parents’ mobile phones, and plumbers fixing boilers for nothing so pensioners don’t freeze have become a routine part of life in the UK: the result of more than a decade of cripp...

The outre Outlander was my lockdown solace

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Outlander is the television show that has got me through lockdown thus far. Perhaps you don’t know it, but it’s wildly popular. Simply put, it’s an historical sci-fi romance epic , based on a series of novels by Diana...

Maeve review – starkly realist prose poem of 80s Belfast

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A steady flame of rapture and pain burns through Pat Murphy’s captivating Maeve from 1981, now rereleased: it is vehemently acted, superbly composed and remarkably shot on the streets of Belfast. It is a fierce, gaunt...