Both Belinda McKeon and John Butler feature in this Irish Independent feature as part of 'Wild New Wave of Irish Writers'.

'Arts journalist and playwright Belinda McKeon's debut novel Solace will be published by Picador in August. A sparely written book of huge emotional power ... Solace brings alive the rural experience and the conflicting values of contemporary Ireland, but is also a richly compelling love story.'

'Writer and filmmaker John Butler's debut novel is a bracingly honest, entertaining and sharply well-observed coming of age story ... which could only have been written now, but whose themes, the loss of innocence, the difficulties of embarking on adult life, are universal.'

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