On Sunday I’ll be chairing a reading by these two fine novelists in Smock Alley Theatre as part of the Dublin Writer’s Festival. Time Present and Time Past is Deirdre Madden’s eighth novel and it recounts how a middle-class Dublin family gets blown down the lost avenues of their past, cued by an autochrome photograph. It’s a delicately written, lucid and compelling exploration of the feints and counter-feints of consciousness. Rebecca Miller’s second novel Jacob’s Folly is narrated by a demon, reincarnated as a housefly who has tumbled out of 18th Century Paris into 21st Century Long Island. It’s a great big read, full of history and ideas and pleasure. Chalk and cheese and both recommended.

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