James Lawless (author)

Award winning novelist, poet and short story writer.

James lawless

James Lawless was born in Dublin and is the author of the novels Peeling Oranges, For Love of Anna, The Avenue, Finding Penelope, Knowing Women, Letters to Jude,The Adventures of Jo Jo (for childrenand a study of modern poetry Clearing The Tangled Wood: Poetry as a way of seeing the world for which he received an arts’ bursary. Awards he has won include the Scintilla Welsh Open Poetry Competition, the Cecil Day Lewis Award and the SundayTribune/Hennessy award nomination. Two of his stories were nominated for the Willesden Herald and Bridport prizes. He also won the WOW Award and a Biscuit International Prize for fiction. His poetry collection Rus in Urbe was published by Doghouse in 2012.


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A man known to wear a wig in his exemplary life roams the dark streets of the city exploiting the weak and vulnerable, and who is the hooded figure who has to pick up the pieces for him?
'A sweeping story of how 9/11 opened a Pandora's Box on an Irish-American family
Why does the mysterious Mr Washington slowly demolish a suburban house?
An acclaimed global study and meditation on poetry and creativity
Insightful reviews of contemporary authors by an award-winning writer and critic
A journalist in Spain, avoiding his unhappy marriage, meets up with a mysterious sex-hungry lady on the run from her eventual nemesis.
During a long hot summer a young man, inspired by Bobby Darin's song Dream Lover, becomes infatuated with a beautiful girl only to make an emotionally-wrenching discovery.
When 33 year old romance novelist Penelope Eames moves to Spain from Ireland to try to avoid an oppressive father and drug-addicted brother, she finds love but her past returns to haunt her.
A tragic love story caught anarchically in a corrupt and capitalist web
A North of Ireland woman learns through her child's tragedy how to face her prejudices while on a holiday in Turkey.
A vulnerable bachelor is blackmailed sexually
A conflicting award-winning story of love, inhibitions and lust set to the backdrop of the diplomatic world.
A short story and long poem addressing the problem of noise in society.
A paternal quest and searing love story that intersects the histories of two emergent nations - Ireland and Spain.
Award-winning contemporary poems set in rural and urban landscapes
The adventures of an endearing and sometimes mischievous little girl of eight years who loves the woods and her own imagination.
A dreamy male librarian whose marriage is in a rut makes startling discoveries about his life as he unravels the secrets of a suburban avenue
A young boy in the old Liberties of Dublin learns about growing up through his handicapped cousin and a strange bookseller.
An uncherished daughter flees to the city from a rakish and abusive father.
Hennessy Award nominated story of an impressionable young man's hitchhiking journey through France in 1968 during the time of the Sorbonne riots where he encounters predatory sex and tastes the delights of elusive love.
A Spanish au pair traverses the mean streets of Dublin to escape a predatory police inspector.
After the death of her invalid husband, a widow’s previously suppressed feelings for her late husband’s best friend surface to reveal what was a desperate course of action.