What to watch on TV this week

Leech therapy is among the alternative medicine practices featured on Inside Harley Street, Monday.

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Movie reviews: Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Falling, The Emperor’s New Clothes

There was a time, and a much simpler time it was too, when a superhero had what it took to save the world all on his own. 

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Children’s books

One Thousand Things by Anna Koveceses
(Frances Lincoln €16.35 HB)
This big colourful book is the perfect introduction to the world of words for pre-school youngsters. 

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Book review: The Salmon Who Dared To Leap Higher

Novels designed to appeal to both adults and children are doomed because simplistic language disinterests the former group, or contextual complexities confuse the latter. 

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Book review: Station Eleven

ON A SNOWY winter’s evening in Toronto, a famous actor named Arthur Leander dies on stage during a performance of King Lear. 

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Book review: Inside The O’Briens

Following the success of the big-screen adaptation of Lisa Genova’s debut novel, Still Alice — an exploration of Alzheimer’s disease — the Harvard-educated neuroscientist’s fourth novel, Inside The O’Briens, cements her reputation. 

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Book review: The Wolf Border

TENSION runs under the narrative of this fine novel like a river under a cave. 

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Book review: Outline

“I had come to believe more and more in the virtues of passivity,” claims the narrator of Rachel Cusk’s Outline, “and of living a life as unmarked by self-will as possible.”

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Book review: The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation

New Scienist stalwart Fred Pearce’s new book is a richly-exemplified and controversial defense of invasive species. 

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Book review: How Corrupt is Britain?

DAVID WHYTE opens his edited collection, How Corrupt is Britain?, by arguing that “the idea that British institutions are fair and democratic is one of the foundation stones of our self-imagined national heritage”.

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Book review: The Lives of Women

Christine Dwyer Hickey is a woman in a hurry — she fears she might run out of time before she gets to write all the books she wants to. She spoke to Sue Leonard about her race against time and her latest book.

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Tom Hughes and Brian Cox star in The Game, an MI5 thriller set in 1972.

When sex is all part of The Game on BBC 2

Tom Hughes’s character uses his allure to wring secrets from women in a major new Cold War thriller, says Susan Griffin

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Spanish musician Manu Chao playsKilmainham in June.

Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

Here’s a quick look at the latest music, gig, film and entertainment news.

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VocaMe perform at the North Cathedral as part of the choralfestival

Cork’s Choral Festival: Sing out loud and proud

Cork’s choral festival again promises to be one of the highlights of the cultural calendar, says Jo Kerrigan

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Brendan McCahey: Last year's winner ofThe Voice of Ireland

A Question of Taste - Brenan McCahey

BRENDAN MCCAHEY is from Co Monaghan, and won The Voice of Ireland last year. His latest single, ‘Safe and Well’, is out now, and his new album, To Where I Begin, is also on release.

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When music and science collide at National Concert Hall

THE relationship between music and science is the theme of an upcoming children’s workshop at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

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Exploring a Protestant experience at the Samuel Beckett Theatre

REFLECTING on the fate of the Anglo-Irish community in post-independence Ireland, Ann Henning Jocelyn’s play, Only Our Own, addresses issues of suppressed histories and cultural belonging. The play centres on three generations of a Protestant family in the West of Ireland.

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