Monthly Archives: March 2016

Paul Kearney, The Wolf in the Attic

Paul Kearney’s new novel draws together a number of familiar threads in contemporary fantasy, but makes something new and beguiling out of them. The plucky heroine, Anna Francis – who turns twelve towards the end of the book and roams … Continue reading

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Synchrony in Howl’s Moving Castle

Adults and children live in different time zones, their internal watches set to different rhythms, their days constructed around alternative timetables. The question of how to communicate across the temporal divide is confronted daily by parents and offspring, teachers and … Continue reading

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The Political Imagination: Irish Fantasy Writers and the Easter Rising

I should begin with an explanation. I’m interested in fantasy as a form of history, and I’m writing (very slowly) a book called The Fantastic History of the Twentieth Century. The question at the heart of it is: why did the … Continue reading

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