Book review: The ISIS Hostage

Danish photojournalist Daniel Rye endured beatings, torture, cramped spaces and hunger as a hostage of the Islamic State in Syria, topped off with the regular threat of beheading, writes Cormac O’Keeffe.

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Book review: City of Friends

Joanna Trollope still turns heads. It is not just that she carries herself with such dignity and grace, with her English charm and impeccable manners. It is also her ability to win fans all over the world.

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Book review: The City in Darkness

The City in Darkness begins not in the city or even in darkness, but with an early morning swim in Co Wicklow lake. 

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Book review: Gentlemen’s Gentlemen: From Bootboys to Butlers - True Stories of Life Below Stairs

This book is an account of five men who served as page boys, lamp boys, boot boys, and even an ‘odd boy’ — a kind of multifunctional servant — to the gentlemen of the house.

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Book review: Behind Her Eyes

This latest keep-’em-guessing thriller, by award-winning adult and YA author Sarah Pinborough, is already being billed as this year’s must-read for fans of the genre.

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Book review: A Nun’s Story

In what could be termed a lightbulb moment, Shirley Leach read back her own handwriting declaring that she was to become a nun. 

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Book review: The Book Of Mirrors

Even the twists have twists in this edge-of-the-seat thriller, the first written in English by Transylvania-born former journalist EO Chirovici. 

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Book review: A Close and Common Orbit

Becky Chamber’s new novel, A Close and Common Orbit, is the second book in the Wayfarers series. 

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Books for children

Fast Forward by Judi Curtin
(O’Brien Press — World Book Day publication which can be obtained free using tokens which are available in most schools.)

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Fin DAC with the Kino mural 'Jackie Oh!!' in Cork.

The stories behind Ireland's best wall art

From the Kino in Cork to Free Derry Corner, Ellie O’Byrne tells the stories behind the best wall art in Ireland.

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Notes On A Rave explores early days of Irish underground dance music scene

IN THE late 1980s, a hurricane blazed a multi-coloured trail through a section of Irish youth culture. In this revolution, rock music was pushed aside as some kids lost themselves in the delirium of electronic beats.

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A question of taste: Cork actor and puppeteer Dominic Moore

Dominic Moore is an actor and puppeteer from Cork. His one-man show Mr Punch is playing the White Horse in Ballincollig, Co Cork, tonight, and he also has a role in Jack, a new play by Declan Hasset about Jack Lynch, which plays at Ballymaloe Grainstore and the Everyman in March.

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A real Catastrophe as hit show returns without Carrie Fisher

Sharon Horgan’s show is about to return to our screens, but one of its stars, Carrie Fisher, will be sorely missed, writes Jeananne Craig.

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GAMETECH: Dawning of a brand new experience

Ronan Jennings bring you the latest in gaming reviews. This week he puts Horizon Zero Dawn, Dirt Rally and Nintendo’s Switch under the microscope.

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Russian flavour for Cork

An all-Russian musical extravaganza is coming to Cork and Cathy Desmond has everything you need to know ahead of time.

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I’m cheering on Natalie Portman and Ruth Negga for Oscars

Cork actor Aidan O’Hare won’t be just rooting for his Jackie co-star on Sunday, says Esther McCarthy.

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Sounds of sibling revelry

After years spent blazing trails with their own projects, the Casey sisters from West Cork finally got around to playing together, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Julia Jacklin, the Australian queen of folk, is coming to Ireland

Julia Jacklin is a rising star, just don’t tell her she’s a wise head on young shoulders. Ed Power talks to the Australian queen of folk in advance of her Irish gig

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5 things to do this week

Des O’Driscoll looks at five events going on around the country this week. 

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In Loco Parentis: A year in the life of Headfort - the only school of its kind in Ireland

A remarkable new film captures life in Ireland’s only boarding school for young children, writes Esther McCarthy

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Movie reviews: Fences, Hidden Figures, The Great Wall

Thinking of the cinema this week. Declan Burke reviews  Fences, Hidden Figures and The Great Wall.

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Something for the weekend...

Are you a budding garden designer or fancy a €5,000 facelift for your garden? Super Garden on RTÉ One is gearing up for a ninth series and looking for you to take part. 

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Weekend loves: This week’s must do, see & buy

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Planning a wedding and vying for something a little bit different? Check out The Glitter Studio on February 25 and 26 at the chq in Dublin.

 

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What to watch on TV this week...

 

Sam Riley, Kate Bosworth And Maeve Dermody start in SS-GB on BBC One tomorrow at 9pm.

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Book review: Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

Reclaimed by Irishmen such as Yeats, from the canon of English Literature, Jonathan Swift has become an icon of Irishness, writes Josephine Fenton. Though he insisted he was English, he felt compelled to rebel.

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Book review: Francis Bacon in your Blood — A Memoir

When Michael Peppiatt stepped inside the French House, a dark, dank Soho pub, one busy lunchtime in June 1963, he could hardly have anticipated how life-changing an impact the next few hours would afford him.

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Book review: What The Dog Knows: Scent, Science, And The Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive The World

Dogs are so much more than a man’s best friend. Beyond the unconditional love and attention are astounding capabilities, intelligence and potential.

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Book review: Hostages

One of the standouts in Dave Lordan’s Young Irelanders collection of new Irish writers in 2015, Oisin Fagan won the Penny Dreadful litmag’s €10,000 novella award this summer for The Hierophants and followed it up by releasing Hostages.

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Book review: The Trophy Child

Paul Daly expertly crafts a thriller from within the walls of domestic life and shows how tragedy uproots the illusions and pretences of idyllic family life.

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Book review: The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

Despite half a century in the public eye as the author of 23 bestselling novels, John le Carré is still hiding in plain sight. 

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Book review: The Nix

At its heart, the hotly-tipped debut from Nathan Hill is the story of an estranged mother and son. 

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Books for kids...

* Will You Be My Friend? by Molly Potter (Featherstone, €11.50 HB)
* Life In A Fishbowl by Len Vlahos (Bloomsbury, €9.20)

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Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh's achievements celebrated at Gradam Ceoil

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh will be celebrated at the Gradam Ceoil at Cork Opera House this weekend. She talks to Pet O’Connell

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Meet the Irish photographer using military technology for his refugee-related exhibition

Irish photographer Richard Mosse has used military technology for his refugee-related exhibition at the Barbican in London, writes Shilpa Ganatra

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Scene + Heard: Entertainment news and events round-up

Des O’Driscoll takes a look at what’s goes on around the country. 

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What if Germany had won the war?

A new BBC drama is aiming to bring a Nazi-occupied London to life, writes Gemma Dunn

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A different kind of Dinosaur

LAURA Jurd is one of the most remarkable young musicians to emerge in Britain in many years.

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Putting Maud and arthritis into the frame

After opening the Dublin Film Festival, director Aisling Walsh hopes to bring her story of an artist battling arthritis to the world, writes Esther McCarthy.

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