Kya deLongchamps revels in a book which uses fascinating visual material from Irish mansions to illustrate life at that time and the dynastic tales behind the scenes
THERE’S one thing that we gardeners love at this time of the year, apart from gardening, and that’s sitting in the armchair and leafing through seed catalogues, gardening magazines and gardening books.
Kitty Scully takes a closer look at Michael Kelly’s ‘Grow Cook Eat’ which is packed with everything you need to know about how to grow, harvest and cook your own vegetables as well as celebrity chef recipes too.More
ALL of the dramas have been taken out of home improvement, in architect Dermot Bannon’s book, Love Your Home.More
Tommy Barker looks at a new Gandon Editions book on Dublin’s top modern builds by young Cork architect, Séan Antóin O Muirí.
Rose Martin looks at a new book on the life’s work of the self-taught and New Zealand-born creator of the boutique hotel concept.
Carol O’Callaghan reviews a new volume on mid-century design.
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
Allen Lane; £20
Church of Ireland Bishop, Gaelic Churchman, A Life
The Columba Press, €19.99
A Curious History Of Latin Names
Translated by Jan Steyn and Caite Dolan-Leach
Dalkey Archive, €15.75
It was an itch that would not go away and in the end Mary Costello could not help becoming a writer, a very good one at that. She spoke to Sue Leonard about her debut novel has come garlanded with high praise.More
Oscar Wilde’s greatest contribution to our culture is not his writing but the invention of celebrity. JP O’Malley is not entirely convinced.More
CANADIAN Margaret Atwood is one of the most acclaimed and prolific authors of the past 30-plus years, a woman of towering intellect and imagination.
THE ‘Human Age’ is the name Ackerman gives to the geological present, not because we are living in it, but because of the impact we’re having on the world.
Mary Elise Sarotte
Basic Books, €27.50;
Sunita’s Baby Sister by Nicola Call (Bloomsbury; €6.30). The byline to this oh so useful book could be ‘Jealousy’.More
Joseph Stalin was violent and ruthless from an early age, and his criminality, his talents as an organiser and a manipulator, and his over-weening ambition, facilitated his later rise to power, says Geoffrey Roberts.More
Local newspapers are a rich archive of outrageous and hilariously banal stories, so Ronan Casey has lovingly collected them into one volume, says Richard Fitzpatrick.
Ireland During the Second World War
University of Manchester Press, €85
How The Library (Not The Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour and Rebecca Ashdown (Frances Lincoln; €15.10 HB).More
Travel writer Philip Marsden has spent years describing his journeys across Europe and Africa, but his latest book focuses on his home county, Cornwall, inspired by a family decision to renovate an old farmhouse.More
Billed as “essential reading for anyone who wants to know what makes a great leader”, this study of the great leader will do nothing to stem the belief that London’s mayor sees himself as a future prime minister.More
IN A BASEMENT studio just outside Paris, Gaspard Winckler, a master forger, has just murdered Anatole Madera, the crooked head of a group of international art dealers, and his patron.
Rachel Joyce’s debut The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was an exploration of a quiet, old-fashioned type of Englishness, as the eponymous protagonist walked from Devon to Berwick-upon-Tweed to ’save’ a dying ex-colleague.More
DURING the Nazi occupation of Europe, some cities were more unfortunate than others.
Theo Dorgan’s new poetry collection, Nine Bright Shiners, utilises nautical metaphor to remember nine dead friends and loved-ones, says Thomas McCarthy.
Chu’s First Day at School
by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex
These Brothers Grimm stories topics are common to mankind’s experience of life: they unite us all. Mary Leland on a new anthology.
Amy was “an OK actress” and later a social worker and a psychotherapist before realising that her childhood love of reading and her parents’ jobs as journalists were clues to her true calling. She spoke to Sue Leonard.
We Need New Names
Alfie in the Garden by Debi Gliori (Bloomsbury; €15.10 HB).More
Now That I’ve Found You
Hachette Books Ireland, €14.99; ebook, 6.32.
Review: Sue Leonard
Irish authors have taken pieces in the National Gallery as inspiration for prose and poetry, writes Peter Murray
Translated by Stephen Snyder
Mulholland Books/Hodder, €13.40, ebook €6.49
Review: Tony Clayton-Lea
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.More
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.More
Miss Carter’s War
Bloomsbury, €15.99; ebook, €10.07
Review: Bridie Pritchard
The Monogram Murders
Harper Collins, €11.50
Review: Sarah Scoffin
The Cat, The Dog, Little Red, The Exploding Eggs, etc
by Diane and Chrystyan Fox
(Words and Pictures, €15.10 HB)
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.More
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.
Tin by Chris Judge
Lost in The Mountains Of Death by Tracey Turner
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill.
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.More
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.More
The sad plight of the widows of seven Easter Rising rebels is detailed in a heart-rending new book, says Richard FitzpatrickMore
As Lena Dunham plans a HBO series inspired by Betty Halbreich, Emer Sexton finds out what drives New York’s shopping queenMore
The Dark Meadow
Andrea Maria Schenkel (translated by Anthea Bell)
Kindle: £4.89 Review: Billy O’Callaghan
Ajax Penumbra 1969
Atlantic Books 11.95, ebook 2.66
Review: Alannah Hopkin
Fourth Estate, €12.99; ebook, €12.99
Review: Liz Fullick
Bodley Head, €12.99, ebook €15.99
Review: Dean Haigh
A GUIDE TO SISTERS by Paula Metcalf, illustrated by Suzanne Barton (Frances Lincoln €15.10 HB).More
Allen Lane, €28.99; ebook, €7.99
Review: Sarah Warwick
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”.More
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.More
Translated by Julian Evans
Gallic Books, £9.99
Review: Mary Leland
BBC Books, €29.99; ebook, €17.99
Review: Anthony Looch
Virago, £13.99; ebook, £6.99
Review: Kitty Wheater
Harvill Secker €24.99,ebook €12.99
Review: Richard Fitzpatrick
Profile Books, £12.99 ebook 9.09
Review: Alex Sarll