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Most delightfully evil book you wish you could read, but not now

Confessions
Kanae Minato
Translated by Stephen Snyder
Mulholland Books/Hodder, €13.40, ebook €6.49
Review: Tony Clayton-Lea

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Laureate of yearning

Van Morisson’s incantations and repetitions, admonitions, yearnings and folk-music prove that people walked this earth yearning for a heaven elsewhere. Thomas McCarthy on a selection of Morisson’s lyrics.

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A sharp wit and a sassy attitude

Nora Ephron had effortless style and her steeliness was as impressive as her slick observations. Marjorie Brennan is charmed by a collection of her impressive work.

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Book: Only When I Laugh

By Paul Merton
Ebury, €14.99; ebook, €8.99
Review: Hannah Stephenson

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Book: Miss Carter’s War

Miss Carter’s War
Sheila Hancock
Bloomsbury, €15.99; ebook, €10.07
Review: Bridie Pritchard

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Book: The Monogram Murders

The Monogram Murders
Sophie Hannah
Harper Collins, €11.50
Review: Sarah Scoffin

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Book: The Dark

The Dark
VM Giambanco
Quercus, €16.99; ebook, €7.24
Review: Roddy Brooks

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Books for children

The Cat, The Dog, Little Red, The Exploding Eggs, etc
by Diane and Chrystyan Fox
(Words and Pictures, €15.10 HB) 

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Life of poet is work in progress

A powerful new book on the life of Derek Mahon sent Thomas McCarthy back to Mahon’s four key works, The Yaddo Letter, The Hudson Letter, The Yellow Book and Harbour Lights.

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A finely judged legal dilemma

The Children Act
Ian McEwan
Jonathan Cape £16.99

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More Fool Me: A Memoir by Stephen Fry

Michael Joseph, priced £25
(ebook £2.99)

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The Sunrise

The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
Headline Review, €18.99
ebook €12.99

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Mr Mac And Me

By Esther Freud
Bloomsbury, €19.40,
ebook €13.39

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There’s no clear-cut happy ending Us

It’s been five years, two months and about seven days since One Day was published, selling five million copies around the world and arguably making David Nicholls a household name. 

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Books for children: Tin by Chris Judge

Tin by Chris Judge
Lost in The Mountains Of Death by Tracey Turner
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill.

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Ogawa’s collection is a work of meta-fictional splendour

Generally regarded as one of Japan’s most important living writers, Yoko Ogawa has, over a 25-year career, produced a stellar body of work and won all of her country’s major literary honours.

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Expectations are high for The Dog

IN an impeccably precise accent that is more Chelsea than Clonakilty, writer Joseph O’Neill says that by the time of his 2008 breakthrough novel, Netherland, all of his books were out of print.

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The untold story of the widows of the 1916 rebellion revealed in new book

The sad plight of the widows of seven Easter Rising rebels is detailed in a heart-rending new book, says Richard Fitzpatrick

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Betty Halbreich: She will shop ’til she drops

As Lena Dunham plans a HBO series inspired by Betty Halbreich, Emer Sexton finds out what drives New York’s shopping queen

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A spellbinding tale of murder

The Dark Meadow
Andrea Maria Schenkel (translated by Anthea Bell)
Quercus, £14.99
Kindle: £4.89 Review: Billy O’Callaghan 

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From despair to regeneration

Nora Webster
Colm Tóibín
Penguin
Viking; £18.99, ebook £12.99

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A personal landscape

Ashes in the Wind
Christopher Bland
Head of Zeus, ebook 7.74. 

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A world where mystery and technology exist side by side

Ajax Penumbra 1969
Robin Sloan
Atlantic Books 11.95, ebook 2.66
Review: Alannah Hopkin

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Book: A History Of Loneliness

John Boyne
Doubleday, €15.99, ebook €11.99
Review: Caroline Davison

 

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Book: The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher

Hilary Mantel
Fourth Estate, €12.99; ebook, €12.99
Review: Liz Fullick

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Book: Bones Never Lie

Kathy Reichs
William Heinemann, 27.50, ebook £4.99
Review: Rachel Howdle

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Book: Fields Of Blood: Religion And The History Of Violence

Karen Armstrong
Bodley Head, €12.99, ebook €15.99
Review: Dean Haigh

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Books for children: A Guide to Sisters

A GUIDE TO SISTERS by Paula Metcalf, illustrated by Suzanne Barton (Frances Lincoln €15.10 HB).

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Book: Printer’s Devil Court

Susan Hill
Profile Books, £9.99
Kindle: 3.92
Review: Billy O’Callaghan

 

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Book: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate

Naomi Klein
Allen Lane, €28.99; ebook, €7.99
Review: Sarah Warwick

 

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Book: The Taxidermist’s Daughter

Kate Mosse
Orion, £16.99; ebook, €10.99
Review: Laura Wurzal

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Book: Summer Lies Bleeding

Nuala Casey
Quercus; £7.99, ebook 7.27
Review: Val Nolan

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Book: The House Where it Happened

Martina Devlin has changed as a novelist and as a newspaper columnist. She spoke to Sue Leonard about her new book which is “a cracking good story”.

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Book: The Impulse Society

Paul Roberts argues that unfettered corporations and technology have revised the worker-capital relationship and the results are not good for anyone working on the factory floor. Caroline O’Doherty considers his case.

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Book: Head of state

Andrew Marr
Fourth Estate, €27.50; ebook, €15.98
Review: Emma Herdman

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Book: How to be both

Ali Smith
Hamish Hamilton, €15.99; ebook, €10.99
Review: Harriet Shephard

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Books for children: Bubble Trouble

BUBBLE TROUBLE
by Tom Percival
(Bloomsbury €8.80): 

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Book: The Foundling Boy

Michel Deon
Translated by Julian Evans
Gallic Books, £9.99
Review: Mary Leland

 

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Children’s books: How to Write a Story

How to Write a Story
by Simon Cheshire
Bloomsbury; €7.55

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Book: The Bone Clocks

David Mitchell
Sceptre, £20; ebook, €13.99
Review: Zahra Saeed

 

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Book: Antiques Roadshow: World War One In 100 Family Treasures

Paul Atterbury
BBC Books, €29.99; ebook, €17.99
Review: Anthony Looch

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Book: The Temporary Bride: A Memoir Of Love And Food In Iran

Jennifer Klinec
Virago, £13.99; ebook, £6.99
Review: Kitty Wheater

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Book: Shark

Will Self
Viking, €27.50; ebook, €12.99
Review: Wayne Walls

 

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Book: Playing to the Gallery

Grayson Perry
Particular Books, €22.35,
ebook €11.99

 

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Book: The Surfacing

Cormac James
Sandstone Press, ebook €8.99
Review: Tony Clayton-Lea

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Haruki Murakami
Harvill Secker €24.99,ebook €12.99
Review: Richard Fitzpatrick

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World Order

Henry Kissinger
Allen Lane, £25

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We Are Not Ourselves

Matthew Thomas
Fourth Estateebook 15.99, ebook 12.96
Review: Dan Brotzel

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Adventures In Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

James Ward
Profile Books, £12.99 ebook 9.09
Review: Alex Sarll

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The Fair Fight

Anna Freeman
Weidenfeld & Nicholson, £12, ebook £6.99
Review: Sarah Scoffin

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Stone Mattress

Margaret Atwood
Bloomsbury, priced £18.99 ebook 14.87
Review: Nilima Marshall

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Children’s books

Up and Down
by Oliver Jeffers
(Harper Collins €8.8O) HB)

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The Faraway Nearby

Rebecca Solnit
Granta, €24.50, ebook €14.50
Review: Billy O’Callaghan

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Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923

R.F. Foster
Allen Lane, £13.60,
ebook £11.99

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Murder story that’s a joy to read

The Secret Place
Tana French
Hachette Books Ireland €14.99 (paperback)

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Peopled with classic themes

Problems with People
David Guterson
Bloomsbury, £16.99
Kindle: £7.72

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A promising first novel that’s full of contrasts

Ghost Moth
Michèle Forbes
Phoenix €8.99

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Beginner’s Pluck: Josephine Moone

A prolific reader, Josephine started writing from her early school days and didn’t stop. She studied journalism and film at university, but did a postgraduate degree in education and taught English, but it didn’t suit her. So she turned back to writing.

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FIRST THOUGHTS: Lars Kepler, Paul Dolan and Sarah Waters

The Zone Of Interest
Martin Amis
Jonathan Cape, €22.99 ebook €15.99

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Children’s books

LEIF FROND AND QUICKFINGERS
By Joan Lennon
(Bloomsbury €6.30)

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Gilding the legend

Hannah Ellis has edited a book to mark the centenary of the birth of her grandfather, the Welsh poet and legend Dylan Thomas. Blood is indeed thicker than water, finds an underwhelmed JP O’Malley.

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Charles Stewart Parnell and the printed word

For nearly a decade the United Ireland newspaper was a propaganda vehicle for Charles Stewart Parnell. JP O’Malley on a new history of the publication

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A riot policeman runs from anti-austerity protesters in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki in, May 2010.  Picture: AP Photo/Giorgos

HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF: Alan Dukes on how we can learn from the financial crisis

The proposals presented by Martin Wolf in ‘The Shifts and the Shocks’ merit close consideration if another crisis is to be avoided, writes economist and former finance minister Alan Dukes

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Midnight in Europe

Alan Furst
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £18.99
Review: Tony Clayton-Lea

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Inside the Jesuits: How Pope Francis is Changing the Church and the World

Robert Blair Kaiser
Rowman & Littlefield, £19.95

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China Dolls

Lisa See
Bloomsbury, £17.25
Review: Zahra Saeed

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All My Puny Sorrows

Miriam Toews
Faber & Faber: €15.99. Kindle: €7.57.
Review: Sue Leonard

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Gin Glorious Gin: How Mother’s Ruin Became The Spirit Of London

Olivia Williams
Headline, €21.50, €10.99
Review: Katie Wright

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The Dog

Joseph O’Neill
4th Estate, €15.99, ebook €14.56
Review: Rebecca Flitton

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Children’s books

Girls, Goddesses and Giants by Lari Donn (Bloomsbury €8.80) is a collection of legends from all over the world.

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Sex, Drugs And Rock ‘N’ Roll

Zoe Cormier
Profile Books, £19.40
Review: Alison Potter

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Breakfast with the Borgias

DBC Pierre
Hammer, €14.50
Review: Declan Burke

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Myth and the Irish State

John M Regan
Irish Academic Press, €27.95 in paperback
Review: Ryle Dwyer

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The Burglar Who Counted The Spoons

Lawrence Block
Orion £18.99
Review: Liam Heylin

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Pedro Páramo

Juan Rulfo
Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden
Serpent’s Tail, £8.99
Kindle: £4.51
Review: Billy O’Callaghan

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The King’s Curse

Philippa Gregory
Simon & Schuster, £16.99, ebook £17.45
Review: Laura Wurzal

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Book Review: Disobeying Hitler

Randall Hansen,
Faber & Faber,
€23.99, ebook €12.59 

This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Book Review: The Night Watchman

Richard Zimler
Corsair €11.50 
Review: Alannah Hopkin 

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Book Review: Green - The History Of A Color

Green:The History of a Color
Michel Pastoureau
Princeton University Press 

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Book Review: Unspeakable Things - Sex, Lies and Revolution

Laurie Penny
Bloomsbury £12.99 Kindle, £5.66 
Review: Katie Wright 

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Book Review: No Country

Kalyan Ray
Published by Bloomsbury 
Review: Andrew Melsom 

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Books for children: The Colour Thief

The Colour Thief
by Gabriel Alborozo
(Bloomsbury €13.80) 

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Book Review: Psy-Q

Ben Ambridge
Profile Books, €21.50, ebook €8.47 
Review: Wayne Walls 

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Book Review: The Supernatural Enhancements

Edgar Cantero
Del Rey, €18.95 ebook €10.99
Review: Rachael Dunn

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Book Review: The Hundred Year House

The Hundred Year House 
Rebecca Makkai Viking,
priced £16.99 ebook £8.99 
Review: Emma Herdman 

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Book stores work harder than ever to survive

Bookshops are a sort of oasis away from the hustle and bustle but have had to diversify and work hard to survive, writes Michael Moynihan

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The clues are in the news

Title: Irene
Author: Pierre Lemaitre
MacLehose, €20.85; ebook, €7.24

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A conflict carefully unspooled

Title: The Visitors
Author: Patrick O’Keeffe
Bloomsbury Circus, £12.99

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Diving into Dublin’s past ...

Title: Dublin The Making of a Capital City
Author: David Dickson Profile Books, £30

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This tasty concoction will leave you hungry for more

Title: The Art of Killing Well Marco Malvaldi
Translated: by Howard CurtisMaclehose Press
€18.75, ebook, €9.09

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Beginner’s Pluck

LOUISE O’NEILL

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What Would Mary Berry Do?

Author: Claire SandyPan, €11.50; ebook, €5.75

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Children’s books

Specs For Rex By Yasmeen Ismail (Bloomsbury; €8.30).

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Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Story Of Huguette Clark And The Loss Of One Of The World’s Greatest Fortunes

Authors: Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr
Atlantic Books, £16.99, ebook £8.99

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The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped In An Ikea Wardrobe

Author: Romain Puertolas
Harvill Secker, €18.70, ebook €10.99

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What Milo Saw

Author: Virginia MacGregor
Sphere, €20.50; ebook, €9.99

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Eyrie

Tim Winton
Picador, €15.99;Kindle, €8.11

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Remember Me Like This

Bret Anthony Johnston
Two Roads, €16.99; ebook, €12.99
Review: Liam Heylin

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Think Like a Freak: How to Think Smarter About Almost Everything

Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner
Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin, €13.99; ebook, €9.99

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The Planner

Tom Campbell
Bloomsbury, €18.75; ebook, €10.07
Review: Sarah Warwick

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For Who The Bell Tolls

David Marsh
Guardian Faber Publishing ebook €10.00
Review: Mary Leland

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