Mario Reading

I’m an old hand at cancer. I’ve had it nearly half my life

29 October 2015 9:00 am

I remember the exact day my illness first declared itself. Twenty-seven years ago. Thursday 20 October 1988. My then wife…

Mario Reading reviews four first-rate first novels

29 August 2015 9:00 am

It has become something of a truism among writers’ groups and in articles offering advice on how best to secure…

A choice of first novels: the war in Bosnia, a modern Irish council estate and the private life of Friedrich Engels

16 May 2015 9:00 am

As all writers know to their cost, first novels are never really first novels. They make their appearance after countless…