The Piano Teacher

Erika Kohut is an excellent middle-aged piano teacher at a Vienna music conservatory. Despite her mature age Erika’s life is constantly controlled, day after day, by her oppressive mother, leaving the main character unable to...

Gabrielle Zevin – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Who's like to open a holy bookshop, like the one in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (originally published as The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry)? I surely would. Gabrielle Zevin’s humour, elegance, and...

American Gods

American Gods is a 2017 tv series, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. Shadow Moon, the main character, is a man who has lost everything.  He has just been released from...

Awakening films and tv series

During times of change and related turmoil like our current one, there are some films and TV series that can help us, not only to motivate us to take action outside and change inside,...

Eiji Yoshikawa – Musashi

‘I told you. I’ve just become a new man. I stayed in that musty hole for three years. I read books. I thought. I screamed and cried. Then suddenly the light dawned. I understood...
Living with a non-famous writer

Silvio Donà – Living with a non-famous writer

I know what you are thinking:  this article should have been written by my wife. However, it is also true that when you have known each other for a very long time – as we...
The merlin trilogy - Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart – The Merlin trilogy

“My Lord, when you look for what I am looking for, you have to look in strange places. Men can never look at the sun, except downwards, at his reflection in things of...

Mikael Niemi – The man who died like a salmon

It is considered as a crime novel, but perhaps this is due to a habit rather than to a true adherence to this style. Well, the triggering event that starts the book’s plot is...

The Sky Is Red

1944. In the slum of a rural town, Carla and Giulia, hardly more than children, live together with their grandma. Carla is tough, determined and, despite her young age, unscrupulous; Giulia is nice and...
The Bile Continues tv series

A.D. – The Bible Continues (aka A.D. – Kingdom and Empire)

A.D. The Bile Continues is a 2015 American TV series based on the Acts of the Apostles and Epistles of Paul and tells about the main events after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Besides...

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Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat, Pray, Love

The thirty-four-year-old journalist from New York Liz Gilbert decides to travel for a year between Italy, India and Indonesia. This is her life adventure,...

Elena Baila – Moving

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. (Neale Donald Walsch)

Louise Nealon – The Possibility of Snow

It was embarrassing at first, when they didn’t know each other. The postwoman would say hello and Miriam would say I’m grand even though...

Louise Nealon

Louise Nealon is a writer from Co Kildare. In 2017, she won the Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition and was the recipient...

Sam Franza – Boarding Eagle

"Because the tortoise is sure of foot, for this reason must we clip the wings of the eagles?" (Edgar Allan Poe)