What to watch on TV this week

Dermot Bannon is back with a new series of Room To Improve tomorrow.

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Movie reviews: Ex Machina, A Most Violent Year, The Gambler

Ex Machina ****
A Most Violent Year ****
The Gambler ****

 

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Children’s book reviews

Wanted, Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar
The Bike Escape
Black Wreath The Stolen Life of James Lovett

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Book review: spill, simmer, falter, wither

spill, simmer, falter, wither, the début novel — one of the most highly anticipated in years —– of Lancashire-born writer and artist, Sara Baume, now resident in East Cork, presents us with a love story, of sorts, a direct and deliciously tragic paean from a man to his dog.

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Book review: The Silent Sister

New mystery from the pen of international bestselling novelist Diane Chamberlain. High school counsellor Riley MacPherson has a lot on her plate.

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Book review: The Girl On The Train

Like many commuters, every day Rachel distracts herself on her journey to and from work by indulging in fantasies about the lives of the people whose houses she peers into from the safety of the train.

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Book review: Runaway

In 1965, 17-year-old wannabe pop star Jack Mackay gets expelled from school in Glasgow, and persuades four of his friends to run away to London in search of musical stardom.

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Book review: Some Luck

Jane Smiley returns to the agrarian American mid-west setting of her 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres for Some Luck, the first book in a proposed ‘Hundred Years Trilogy’.

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Book review: The Winter War

First-time novelist Philip Tier comes from the same ancient community of Swedish-speaking Finns as illustrator Tove Jansson, best known for the Moomin books.

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Book review: The Origins of the Irish

 

The story of the first post ice-age visitors to our shores is a fascinating read and fills in linguistic and archaeological detail with accomplished erudition, writes Neil Robinson.

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Book review: Flesh And Blood

She has struggled with anorexia, alcohol and depression, among other dramas. But, like her heroine Dr Kay Scarpetta, bestselling novelist Patricia Cornwell has mellowed, she tells Hannah Stephenson.

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Going south to find Uptown sound

Mark Ronson tells Andy Welch about the road trip that unearthed the talent for his new album

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Scene + Heard

Get your weekend sorted with everything that’s happening in thw world of entertainment

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Auditions by iPhone: Top casting directors discuss how they discover the best Irish talent

From Nidge to Peaky Blinders, Ireland’s top casting directors discuss the secrets of their trade with Richard Fitzpatrick

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Rick O’Shea gets well-versed in poetry for new programme

Rick O’Shea tells Jonathan deBurca Butler that he jumped at the opportunity to present an arts programme of his own

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A question of taste: Manchán Magan

Manchán Magan presents a weekly Tuesday travel slot on Newstalk’s The Right Hook, and will be teaching a six-week course in travel writing in the Dublin Writers’ Centre, from February 3.

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Christopher Eccleston loved working on ’Fortitude’ in Iceland

As he joins a stellar cast in Fortitude, Christopher Eccleston tells Kate Samuelson why he loved working on the new drama series

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Margaret O'Brien

Ensure you have the write stuff before putting pen to paper

Too much thinking can kill the creative writing impulse, says Margaret O’Brien, co-founder of the Story House Ireland which will host its first five-day residential writing course on short fiction in March in Dungarvan.

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