Book review: At The Water’s Edge

At The Water’s Edge

Sara Gruen

Two Roads, €25.50; ebook, €9.49

Review: Heather Doughty

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A Buzz in the Meadow: A charming manifesto that will leave the reader buzzing

In his second book, Dave Goulson takes us to France in what is part autobiography, part tract, and a rousing read on insects, pets, and pandas, writes Tommy Barker.

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Sweetland: One man up against a world that won’t stop changing

SWEETLAND opens with ghostly voices heard against the wail of the foghorn by Moses Sweetland, a fisherman stranded at sea overnight in the fog. The voices belong to a boatload of dying Sri Lankan migrants, set adrift without food or water in the North Atlantic by unscrupulous people-traffickers.

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Wolf Winter won’t easily be erased from the reader’s mind

SET in Swedish Lapland in the winter of 1717, in a time and place so remote as to seem unearthly, Wolf Winter creeps up on the reader stealthily, like a silent fall of snow.

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Beginner’s Pluck: Tim McCormick

Tim taught in India with the VSO after college, then moved to London to study accountancy. Back in Dublin, he joined the National Irish Investment Bank, where he remained until 1990.

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Heat of betrayal: Always on the move

When Douglas Kennedy’s half-drunk father called him “a loser” he emptied his bank account and returned to Ireland where he had studied at Trinity. He’s been more or less travelling since. He explains all to Declan Burke. 

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Childrens’ books: I need a wee!

I Need A Wee! by Sue Hendra (Simon and Schuster; €8.80) Alan the bear whoops with glee when he whooshes down the big helter-skelter.

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Book review: Do It Like A Woman... And Change The World

Caroline Criado-Perez

Portobello Books, €16.99; ebook, €13.15

Review: Katie Wright

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Book review: The Cellar

Minette Walters

Hammer, €19.50; ebook, €10.99

Review: Phil Robinson

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Movie reviews: San Andreas, Danny Collins, Man Up

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stars in San Andreas (12A), playing LAFD chopper rescue pilot Ray, whose considerable skills are tested to their limits when California experiences a massive earthquake.

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Gilbert O’Sullivan is proud of his Irish roots

From massive hit singles to suing hip hop samplers, Gilbert O’Sullivan has had quite a career, writes Richard Fitzpatrick

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Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

MUSIC NEWS: You’ll be hearing a lot of Jamie xx in the coming weeks, with his appearance at Forbidden Fruit tomorrow coming just a day after the release of his much anticipated album, In Colour. 

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Legal eagle Al Lubel now plays for laughs as comedian

As he gets ready for the Cat Laughs festival, Al Lubel tells Richard Fitzpatrick why he’s better at stand-up than his old job defending criminals

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FIRST THOUGHTS: Laub’s latest novel translated into English

Diary of the Fall

Michel Laub (translated by Margaret Jull Costa)

Vintage, £8.99; Kindle: £4.35

Review:

Billy O’Callaghan

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Derry singer Soak is focusing on her music, not her sexuality

At 18, Soak is already tired of answering questions on her sexuality. Her debut LP should put some of the focus back on her music, writes Ed Power

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Israel Galván dances to his own tune

THE 2015 Dublin Dance Festival is in full swing, with events in an eclectic range of genres. The appearance of flamenco superstar, Israel Galván, at the Abbey Theatre from tonight is eagerly anticipated.

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