Children’s books

I’m a Girl! By Yasmeen Ismail (Bloomsbury; €8.80)

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Book review: Operation Thunderbolt

OPERATION Thunderbolt tells the story of one of the most celebrated, modern counter-terrorism operations. 

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Book review: One Wide Expanse

MICHAEL LONGLEY is one of the most popular Irish poets of the modern era. 

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Book review: Think Like An Engineer

WE remember the name of penicillin-discoverer Alexander Fleming. But who now recalls Margaret Hutchinson? 

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Book review: The Girl Who Wasn’t There

SEBASTIAN von Eschburg is the lonely offspring of a frosty marriage. 

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Book review: Morning and Evening

MORNING and Evening, the latest of Jon Fosse’s novels to be shepherded into English by the Dalkey Archive Press, attempts to make sense of nothing less than the perpetual astonishment of life itself.

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Book review: Among The Ten Thousand Things

THE most frustrating thing about this debut novel from US writer Julia Pierpont is that it kicks off with a bang.

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Book review: Frederick the Great: King of Prussia

Frederick the Great is judged by many historians to have been an enlightened despot. Geoffrey Roberts on an  impressive, comprehensive new biography by Tim Blanning.

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Book review: The Accident Season

Moira Fowley-Doyle tells Caroline O’Doherty that she likes to keep her characters and her stories rooted in reality even if what’s happening around them is surreal, because a good story will appeal to readers of all ages.

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Our top 10 picks for Electric Picnic 2015

With a week to go to the annual extravaganza in Stradbally, Ed Power selects the top 10 acts he’s most looking forward to catching.

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Caroline Bowditch dances with Frida feeling

Choreographer Caroline Bowditch didn’t get Mexican artist Frida Kahlo until she discovered she too was disabled, she tells Ellie O’Byrne.

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Scene & Heard - Entertainment news

We bring you a round up of all the latest news and reviews from the world of entertainment.

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Irish artists are putting females in the comic frames

So you thought comic books were dominated by muscle-bound men? There Irish artists will make you think again, writes Don O’Mahony

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Zac Efron tones up his decks appeal

LEANING forward and gesturing excitedly, his sparkling blue eyes twinkling, Zac Efron is talking about “pushing buttons and fiddling knobs”.

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A question of taste - Cara O'Sullivan

Cara O’Sullivan is from the Lough area of Cork, and sings at Live at St Luke’s on Sunday. She will perform Richard Strauss and Samuel Barber songs in the first half, and operatic arias in the second half, including Puccini’s ‘One fine Day’ from Madame Butterfly.

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When President Obama popped in for a chat in the garage

US comedian Marc Maron tells Richard Fitzpatrick about the time Barack Obama came for a chat in his garage.

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GAMETECH: The dawn of penal servertude

MOST games have rules, but few have laws. In fact, the only law gamers usually pay any attention to is that of Gordon Moore, who observed that the rate of internet trolls tends to double every two years (or maybe it was the number of transistors on a circuit). Gaming has traditionally been about winning or losing, not about law and order.

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Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson Jr on Straight Outta Compton and being father and son

’Straight Outta Compton’, detailing the rise of the world’s most notorious rap group, N.W.A, is taking the box office by storm. Founding member Ice Cube and his son O’Shea Jackson jr, who stars in the film gives Susan Griffin the low down.

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It feels good for the superstars of chillwave

Ed Power hears how Game of Thrones propelled electronic duo Ms Mr into the big-time

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