Books

The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession

John Cornwell
Profile Books, £16.99
Review: TP O’Mahony

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The Land Where Lemons Grow

Helena Attlee
Particular Books, €28.99;
ebook, €13.99

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The Wolf in Winter

John Connolly
Hodder & Stoughton, €15.99;
ebook, €12.99

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The Ballad of a Small Player

Lawrence Osborne
Hogarth, £12.99;
ebook, €10.99

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Romany And Tom

Ben Watt
Bloomsbury, €21.50,
ebook €13.99

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The Walk Home

Rachel Seiffert
Virago, €14.99;
ebook, €9.99

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Dream come true for crime writer McGowan

Claire McGowan wanted to be a writer from the age of nine but never imagined she could do it for a living and so filled her days teaching and travelling. She tells Caroline O’Doherty about how she realised her dream.

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Boland has found her Boswell

Thomas McCarthy on a perceptive analysis of Eavan Boland’s work and an attempt “to put the layers of gold back into contemporary poetry”.

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Some Girls Do

Clodagh Murphy
Hachette Books Ireland,€18.75;
ebook, €8.99

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Land Where I Flee

Prajwal Parajul
Quercus, £16.99;
Kindle, £5.66

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The Collector

Nora Roberts Piatkus, €10.99; ebook, €15.99

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Diary Of The Fall

Michel Laub
Harvill Secker, £14.99;
ebook, €10.99

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The One Plus One

Jojo Moyes
Michael Joseph, €17.99;
Kindle, €2.40

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The Ghost of the Mary Celeste

Valerie Martin
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €15.99;
ebook, €12.99

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The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books

John Carey
Faber, €27.15;
ebook, €12.53

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Foinavon: The Story of the Grand National’s Biggest Upset

David Owen
Bloomsbury, £9.99

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Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Hooks, Helps And Hurts Us

Murray Carpenter
William Collins, €18.75;
ebook, €9.53

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Vanishing

Gerard Woodward
Picador, €18.75;
ebook, €9.53

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The Legacy Of Elizabeth Pringle

Kirsty Wark
Two Roads, €15.99;
ebook, €9.99 This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Bark

Lorrie Moore Faber & Faber, €14.99; ebook, €12.53

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Unravelling Oliver

Liz Nugent
Penguin Ireland, €18.75;
Kindle, €7.33

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Glitter and Glue

Kelly Corrigan
Coronet, €16.90

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Frog Music

Emma Donoghue Picador, €20.50; ebook, €9.83

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A Lovely Way To Burn

Louise Welsh
John Murray, €18.75;
ebook €8.49

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Blue is the Night

Eoin McNamee
Faber & Faber, €15.99;
ebook, €10.07

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Where Do Camels Belong?

Ken Thompson
Profile Books, £10.99

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Balancing Act

Joanna Trollope,
Doubleday, €15.99

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In the Gold of Time

Claudie Gallay (translated by Alison Anderson)
MacLehose Press, £8.99;
Kindle, £6.86

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Just So Happens

Fumio Obata Jonathan Cape Graphic Novels, €24.50; ebook, €12.99

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Road Ends

Mary Lawson
Chatto & Windus, €18.75;
ebook, €12.99

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Glenn Patterson's wonderfully entertaining new book, takes its characters on an odyssey through the northern conflict years and the Peace Process into contemporary Ulster.

The Rest Just Follows

Glenn Patterson
Faber, €14.99;
ebook, €10.07

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The Next Time You See Me

Holly Goddard Jones
Corvus 2014, €11.50

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The Poets’ Wives

David Park
Bloomsbury, €14.99;
ebook, €13.03

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The Martian

Andy Weir
Del Rey; £9.99

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Arctic Summer

Damon Galgut
Atlantic Books, €14.99,
ebook £7.43

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Books come easily to John Banville — and his alter ego Benjamin Black — as he produces Chandler stories and Quirke novels by turn. But is the passion still there?

The Black-Eyed Blonde

Benjamin Black
Mantle, €18.99;
ebook €9.83 This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Inside The Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Ray Monk Vintage, £12.99 paperback.
Also available as an ebook

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Award-winning broadcaster Sally Magnusson's mother was a bright, curious woman, until dementia took hold. She reveals Mamie Baird's story in her moving new book.

Where Memories Go

Sally Magnusson
Two Roads, €24.50,
ebook €11.99

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Keynes in Dublin: Exploring the 1933 Finlay Lecture

Mark C. Nolan, €30

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Still Life with Breadcrumbs

Anna Quindlen
Hutchinson, €18.75;
Kindle, €8.50.

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The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City

William B Helmreich
Princeton University Press, £19.95

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Triburbia

Karl Taro
Greenfeld Atlantic Books, €18.75;
ebook, €2.66

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Collected Prose

Paul Auster
Faber & Faber, £16.99;
Kindle, £5.99

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Letters To A Midwife

Jennifer Worth
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £14.99;
ebook, £7.99

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The Bear

Claire Cameron
Harvill Secker, £9.99;
ebook, £4.68

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When Mr Dog Bites

Brian Conaghan
Bloomsbury, €18.75;
Kindle, €4.84

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Chris Hadfield
Macmillan, £18.99

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News from Berlin

Otto De Kat (translated by Ina Rilke)
MacLehose Press, £12;
Kindle, £4.12

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A Cat, A Hat and a Piece of String

Joanne Harris
Black Swan, €11.50

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Perv: The Sexual Deviant In All Of Us

Jesse Bering
Doubleday, €18.75;
ebook, £6.99

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Kicking The Kremlin: Russia’s New Dissidents And The Battle To Topple Putin

Marc Bennetts
Oneworld, €17.25;
ebook, £8.54

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Freedom rhymes with jingoism

The Free
Willy Vlautin
Faber & Faber, €15.99;
ebook, €8.35

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A dystopian tour de force

The Investigation
Philippe Claudel (translated by Daniel Hahn)
MacLehose Press, £7.99;
Kindle, £4.27

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Chandler: The writer in the Waterford Quaker

A Mysterious Something in the Light: Raymond Chandler, A Life
Tom Williams
Aurum Press, €10.99;
€book, €10.99

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George Orwell was a scholar who attracted no fees and a great deal of resentment. He was told he could not have a cricket bat as his parents "couldn't possibly afford it".

Lessons in hard knocks from chronicler of class divisions

Such, Such, Were the Joys An Essay
George Orwell
Penguin, £0.99

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Books for children

Lulu and The Treasure Hunt
written and illustrated by Emma Chicester Clark
(Harper Collins; €8.46).

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An uneven account of an historical dispute

Thomas Hennessey’s book on the Republican hunger strikes in Northern Ireland sides too often with the British establishment, writes JP O’Malley.

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The ghoulish Lynch's Window in Galway.

Secret cities

Irish cities have plenty of famous sights, says Pól Ó Conghaile. He focuses on smaller, off-radar discoveries in his new book, Secret Dublin.

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The worldwide success of The Slap gave Christos Tsiolkas the financial security and space to explore the themes of success and failure in his next novel using sport as a metaphor, he tells Sue Leonard.

Learning to swim against the tide

Barracuda
Christos Tsiolkas
Atlantic Books, €21.50;
Kindle, €6.53.

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Meta tales from academe

First Novel
Nicholas Royle
Cape €20.70

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The question that moved the hangman's hand to write: "If the 117 people you hanged could hear you today, what would you tell them?"

A haunting matter of life and death

The Last Hangman
Shashi Warrier
Atlantic Books, £8.99;
Kindle, £2.39

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Personal story unfolds to become brilliant tale of Brazil

Spilt Milk
Chico Buarque (translated by Alison Entrekin)
Atlantic Books, £7.99
Kindle, £2.99

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Beginner’s pluck

At college, Alan studied animation, but he wrote short fiction, too.

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The Fateful Year: England 1914

Mark Bostridge
Viking, £25

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Cavendon Hall

Barbara Taylor Bradford
HarperFiction, €21.45
ebook, £10.99

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Andrew’s Brain

E.L. Doctorow
Little Brown, £12.99
ebook, £4.35

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Waterman dips into his past

Tonight the Summer’s Over
Rory Waterman
Carcanet £9.95

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As good as your words

Masters of the Word
William Bernstein, Atlantic, £14.99

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An apprentice to the literary giants

This is the Way
Gavin Corbett
4th Estate, €12.85

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O’Brian still thrills with collection of travel tales

A Book of Voyages
Edited by Patrick O’Brian
Harper Collins, £14.99; Kindle, £9.82

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Sarah Maria Griffin

Griffin was first rejected by a publisher at age 11. She turned to poetry; her first collection came out in 2011, when she was taking a Masters in Creative Writing.

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Review: The Crooked Maid

Dan Vyleta
Bloomsbury, £12.99; ebook, £7.47

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Review: Sedition

Katharine Grant
Virago, £14.99;ebook, £4.72

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Children's book reviews

Song of the Golden Hare by Jackie Morris
(Frances Lincoln; €15.80 HB)

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Devil is in the detail

Bellman & Black, A Ghost Story
Diane Setterfield
Orion, (hb) €14.99

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Romance, war and a journey into the heart of darkness

Then We Take Berlin
John Lawton
Grove Atlantic, €17.99

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The myth and memory of Eavan Boland's latest poems

New Selected Poems
Eavan Boland Carcanet €18.50, This story is enriched with multi-media content

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A story for all time

In the House of the Interpreter
Ngugi wa Thiong’oVintage, £9.99, eBook £4.68

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The Water Stealer : An evocative, affectionate and intelligent body of work

Maurice Riordan
Faber & Faber £12.99 (hardback)

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First Thoughts

The Impossible Lives Of Greta Wells

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A detailed and weighty tome for ‘gallant and magnificent’ satirist Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton Hermione LeePimlico £16.99

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Books for Children

HELLO KITTY AND FRIENDS — THE SUMMER FAIR
(Harper Collins €4.99)

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Beginner's Pluck: Jackie Burke

Although she’s always loved books, it never occurred to Burke to become a writer.

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First Thoughts

A look at the latest books to hit the shelves.

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Rose George has written a gem of a book about shipping

A voyage of discovery into world of modern transport and shipping

Deep Sea and Foreign Going Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Brings You 90% of Everything
Rose George
Portobello, £14

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Much more than a hymn to earth of Africa

Dust — A Novel
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Knopf, €17.80

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European fiction at its most experimental and strange

Best European Fiction 2014
Preface by Drago Jancar
Dalkey Archive Press, €13

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Author Christine Dwyer Hickey

Stories to savour

The House on Parkgate Street and other Dublin stories
Christine Dwyer Hickey
New Island €14.99; Kindle €7.51

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Bernard MacLaverty's flight of the imagination

Bernard MacLaverty won acclaim for his novels Lamb and Cal, but his mastery of short fiction is confirmed by his new Collected Stories, says JP O’ Malley.

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When hurricanes run out of breath, and floods subside

As Far As I Know
Roger McGough Faber, £8.99

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From Amergin’s invocation of Ireland to those who are shaping its future

Cork Literary Review volume XV
Edited by Eugene O’Connell Bradshaw Books, €22

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A history of shame

Lethal Allies British Collusion in Northern Ireland
Anne Cadwallader
Mercier Press, €18.99

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First Thoughts

Chapter One: An Irish Food Story
Ross Lewis

Gill & MacMillan

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Picture: Nick Bradshaw

A rewarding diversion for veteran crime writer

Michael Connelly was known for his detective, Harry Bosch, until the success of The Lincoln Lawyer and its protagonist Mickey Haller, says Declan Burke

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A FAMILY AFFAIR: Burke credits her husband and son for their support. Picture: Photo Grapher

Black Vipers no match for young adventurers in the land of fire

The Ark of Dun Ruah — Protectors of the Flame
Maria Burke
Currach Press, €11.99;Kindle, €3.68

Maria Burke recently published her second book, The Ark of Dun Ruah — Protectors of the Flame. Her first came out last year, and she has already written a third — yet unlike most writers, this hasn’t been a long-held ambition.

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An evocative account of a teacher’s fall from grace

The Rising of Bella Casey
Mary Morrissy
Brandon, €9.59;Kindle, €7.14

When the playwright Seán O’Casey wrote his memoirs, he chose to ‘kill off’ his sister ten years before she died.

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Living on the edge

Psychotic Episodes
Alan McGonagle
Arlen House

Psychotic Episodes is the second short-story collection from award-winning Sligo-born author, Alan McGonagle.

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First thoughts

Mary Leland on some recent book releases

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Cork City’s history through a lens

James Joyce once posed a conundrum: how to get from one end of Dublin to the other without passing a pub. Most people who took up the challenge failed happily.

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Adventure into hidden world of Zanskar

Mark Boyden’s early upbringing near San Francisco gave some hint as to how his life might unfold.

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Murder in the capital

The Woman Not the Name
Brian Lynch
Duras Books,
€10

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