Episode 26

Martina Devlin

This month, writer and columnist Martina Devlin joins us in the attic to talk about writing history and historical fiction, and her new book Truth & Dare, a collection of short stories about women who shaped Ireland.

Martina Devlin is an Irish award-winning columnist and best selling novelist. She has written 10 books, from non-fiction to novels including About Sisterland and The House Where It Happened. Her latest book is a short story collection, Truth & Dare: Short Stories about Women Who Shaped Ireland. Her prizes include the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Prize and a Hennessy Literary Award, and she has been shortlisted three times for the Irish Book Awards. She writes a weekly current affairs column for the Irish Independent and has been named National Newspapers of Ireland commentator of the year. Her non fiction account of the Irish financial collapse, Banksters, co-authored with David Murphy, topped the best seller list for eight weeks.



  • Three Wise Men (London, Harper Collins, 2000)
  • Be Careful What You Wish For (Harper Collins, 2001)
  • Venus Reborn (Dublin, Poolbeg Press, 2003)
  • Temptation (Poolbeg Press, 2004)
  • Ship of Dreams (Poolbeg Press, 2007).
  • The House Where It Happened (Ward River Press, 2015)
  • About Sisterland (Ward River Press, 2015)
  • Truth and Dare (Poolbeg, 2018)


  • The Hollow Heart: The True Story of How One Woman’s Desire to Have a Baby Almost Destroyed Her Life (London, Penguin Books, 2005)
  • Banksters, with David Murphy (Dublin, Hachette Books Ireland, 2009).

You can find out more about Martina at martinadevlin.com and follow her on Twitter @DevlinMartina.

This episode is hosted by Nessa O’Mahony

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