We want in-depth and analytical reviews. Our approach (methodology) is the
formalistic criticism. We look at theme, plot, structure, language and technical style of a
novel in a highly critical manner, and in a way that will excite researchers and give the
readers unique insight into the novel. We usually like to sound authoritative because we ensure
that we show sound knowledge of literary criticism and clear understanding of what the novel
achieves, pretends to achieve and fails to achieve.
June - August edition:
(Dublin Quarterly Irish Novels of the Year)
This is a book reviews special, dedicated solely to the four Novels shortlisted for the Hughes & Hughes/Sunday Independent Irish Novel of that particular year. We subject this shortlist to our own critical judgement. At the end of each review, the particular novel will be rated, as either Great, or Good, or Bad--or Ugly. We may agree with Hughes & Hughes's; we may not--it does not matter. Our specific objective is to rescue art from wild fancy, to give these novels an alternative focus; an honest, impersonal, in-depth, audacious and combative (if need be) critique. (See Irish Novel of the Year 2004)
Sept - Nov. edition:
(IMPAC Dublin Literary Award books review)
This is similar to what we do in June-August edition. But the difference is that we do not set out to rate the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award shortlists, but to promote and celebrate the Award. IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is the largest and most international of the literary awards. It is an award made in Dublin; from we the Irish people to the world. We have to rejoice in it. (See IMPAC Dublin Literary Award!)
Dec.-Feb. and Mar.-May editions:
In both editions we review any book of our choice. However, we follow specific guidelines:
- The book must be by a prominent author. "Prominent" covers internationally recognised writers, emerging but very promising young writers and award-winning books.
- The book must be recent; either published the same year or the preceeding year. We welcome review of classics if there is a critical newness to it.
- We may accept non-fiction, but we have a very strong bias towards fiction.
- The book should be available at amazon.com/amazon.co.uk for ordering; they are our associate.
- Reviews length should be between 700 - 1200 words.
* * * We hope ou'll find a way to fit in. We will be pleased to have you contribute regularly to our book reviews.