Book review: Shadow Sovereigns

The threat posed to democracies by transnational corporations and their relentless demands for ever more “competitiveness” and low taxes is, says Susan George, a challenge to social stability. Neil Robinson agrees.

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Book review: When We Were Animals

THE teenaged drama of tortured sexual development and violent rush of growth is probably given its most gothic representation in the virtual subgenre of vampire fiction.

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Book review: The Ottoman Endgame

Had the Ottoman empire survived World War I and come to dominate western powers we would be living in a very different, far less tolerant world, suggests Andrew Melsom.

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Book review:  Bandaging the Blitz

WHEN I picked up this book I thought it was a girly book about a nurse, but then I started reading it and was surprised that it was a factual account of a nurse training in London during world War II.

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Book review: One Hundred Days Of Happiness

ITALIAN film director Fausto Brizzi’s debut novel has a now-familiar premise: after a terminal cancer diagnosis, Lucio Battistini chooses to spend his final three months winning back his estranged wife and rebuilding their family.

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Book review: Sifting

IN Sifting, Mike Mac Domhnaill’s striking first short story collection, the present is tattooed with the scars and marks of the past. 

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Book review: The Other Side Of The World

CAMBRIDGE, 1963. Charlotte is struggling to reconnect with the woman she was before the birth of her children and has lost the energy to keep up her passion for painting. 

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Book review: Beneath The Earth

AT least with short stories, if one doesn’t wow you, there’s always hope the next one might.

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Children’s books

Vanishing Trick by Ros Asquith (Frances Lincoln; €9.80) is a collection of modern verse to dip into at bedtime or on a long boring drive.

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Paul Kalkbrenner is putting a real live twist on his DJ sets

Creating the music in the moment is what sets Paul Kalkbrenner apart from some of the globetrotting DJs he is normally lumped with, writes Ed Power

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Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round up

All the latest news from the world of music, film and entertainment.

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Gametech: Full screen ahead for YouTube Gaming

IT’S been a long time since video killed the radio star. 

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Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival: Playing on remote control in Grounded

The alienation of a drone operator is explored in the Irish premiere of Grounded. Director Selina Cartmell tells Padraic Killeen how the character is relevant for us all in the internet age

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Michael Twomey is always open to a new approach

ACTORS never retire, they just die away,” says Cork theatrical stalwart Michael Twomey, who at 82 shows no sign of slowing down. 

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A question of taste - Niall O’Flaherty

London-based Niall O’Flaherty, 44, is lead singer with the Sultans of Ping. The Cork band will play at the Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow at the Electric Picnic this weekend.

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The TV version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is new take on an old novel

An upcoming TV version has taken liberties with Lady Chatterley’s Lover, not least toning down some of the language, writes Susan Griffin.

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For Cork band Crojayn, minding the pennies means the sounds will look after themselves

Crojayn used the proceeds of their busking in Cork to finance their first EP, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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Let me hear you say yeah for Underworld at Electric Picnic

Underworld are one of the dance acts guaranteed to get the crowd rocking at Electric Picnic, writes Ed Power

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