Books for children

The World War Il Tales-the Apple Spy by Terry Deary (A&C BLACK €6.30)
Teacher Miss McLennan loves reading stories to her pupils, so when twins Jamie and Marie disrupt the class she sends them home. 

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Book review: Second Life

SJ Watson
Doubleday, €14.50
AS THE title suggests, this is a psychological thriller based on a woman’s shadow life.

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Book review: Blue is the Night

Eoin McNamee Faber, €19.40
THERE’S A short line in Eoin McNamee’s Blue is the Night that could serve as a calling card for the trilogy it completes. 

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Book review: This Divided Island: Stories From The Sri Lankan War

Samanth Subramanian
Atlantic Books, £14.99; ebook, £5.99
Sri Lanka conjures up images of white beaches and blissful backpacker adventures. 

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Book review: The Laughing Monsters

Denis Johnson Harvill & Secker, €15.99; ebook, €10.99
ROLAND Nair, a former NATO spy apparently reactivated, arrives in Freetown, the sweltering, crumbling capital of Sierra Leone, to meet a Ghanaian mercenary, Michael Adriko, who is an old adventuring comrade. 

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Book review: Arab Jazz

Karim Miske Translated by Sam Gordon MacLehose, €20.99; ebook, €12.99
This French thriller is a timely tale of religious extremists and corrupt cops running up against each other in inner-city Paris.

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Book review: Melnitz

Charles Lewinsky Atlantic Books, €20.99; ebook, €12.53
Hailed by critics as Switzerland’s One Hundred Years Of Solitude, this epic family saga, from Swiss author and screenwriter, Charles Lewinksy, is finally published in English — nine years after its original release in German.

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Book review: A Shadow in the Yard

Liz McManus Ward River Press, €16.99; Kindle, €6.72
Liz McManus: “Retirement is blissful, it’s like being young again. “It was about civil rights, not nationalism 

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Book review: Neither Unionist Nor Nationalist: The 10th (Irish) Division in the Great War

Stephen Sandford Irish Academic Press, €24.95 
AMONG the great battles of World War I none was more sorrowful than Gallipoli. 

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Scene + Heard

MUSIC NEWS: Hozier’s latest video, for ‘Someone New’ off his debut album, features Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer. 

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Poet Paul Durcan uses poetry to criticise but doesn’t want offend

Paul Durcan’s new poems are critical of the ills in our society, but he still doesn’t want to offend, writes Caroline O’Doherty

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New play ’Witness’ takes hard look at life

WRITER and director, Carmel Winters, does not shy away from difficult subjects. 

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A Question of Taste: Stevie G

STEVIE ‘G’ Grainger is a DJ on Red FM in Cork, and releases music on his Soul Jamz label. He’s bringing his Vinyl Love night to the Odessa in Dublin on March 22 in aid of marriage equality.

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Open your ears and your mind to new music says composer David Lang

US composer David Lang presents a festival of new music this weekend. Don’t get bogged down in genres, he advises Alan O’Riordan

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This Cork music school is still rocking after 25 years

STUDENTS of the music, management and sound course at Cork city’s Colaiste Stiofáin Naofa (CSN) are a little starry-eyed with dreams of becoming rock stars. 

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Kevin Spacey shares the acting secrets behind House of Cards

Kevin Spacey tells Ed Power we shouldn’t be in such a rush to judge his House of Cards character

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There is great power to Julianne Moore’s impressive dementia role in Still Alice

THE mantelpiece in actress Julianne Moore’s home must be pretty crowded. She has won 20 awards for her performance in Still Alice, as a woman diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease

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Theatre review: The Pillowman

Town Hall Theatre, Galway

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This unconventional Irish band is a Choice Music Prize favourite

The Gloaming may not be a conventional band, but they could win the Choice Music Prize, writes Ed Power

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