Books

Book review: Flesh And Blood

She has struggled with anorexia, alcohol and depression, among other dramas. But, like her heroine Dr Kay Scarpetta, bestselling novelist Patricia Cornwell has mellowed, she tells Hannah Stephenson.

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Book review: The Origins of the Irish

 

The story of the first post ice-age visitors to our shores is a fascinating read and fills in linguistic and archaeological detail with accomplished erudition, writes Neil Robinson.

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Book review: The Winter War

First-time novelist Philip Tier comes from the same ancient community of Swedish-speaking Finns as illustrator Tove Jansson, best known for the Moomin books.

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Book review: Some Luck

Jane Smiley returns to the agrarian American mid-west setting of her 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres for Some Luck, the first book in a proposed ‘Hundred Years Trilogy’.

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Book review: Runaway

In 1965, 17-year-old wannabe pop star Jack Mackay gets expelled from school in Glasgow, and persuades four of his friends to run away to London in search of musical stardom.

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Book review: The Girl On The Train

Like many commuters, every day Rachel distracts herself on her journey to and from work by indulging in fantasies about the lives of the people whose houses she peers into from the safety of the train.

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Book review: The Silent Sister

New mystery from the pen of international bestselling novelist Diane Chamberlain. High school counsellor Riley MacPherson has a lot on her plate.

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Book review: spill, simmer, falter, wither

spill, simmer, falter, wither, the début novel — one of the most highly anticipated in years —– of Lancashire-born writer and artist, Sara Baume, now resident in East Cork, presents us with a love story, of sorts, a direct and deliciously tragic paean from a man to his dog.

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Children’s book reviews

Wanted, Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar
The Bike Escape
Black Wreath The Stolen Life of James Lovett

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Book review: Waterloo - Four Days That Changed Europe’s Destiny

‘Waterloo’ meticulously recalls the events of four days in June 200 years ago when 200,000 men were engaged in a struggle which laid the foundations of contemporary Europe, writes Allan Prosser.

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Book review: Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts

The defining events in Eugene O’Neill’s life took place before he was born. <B>Liam Heylin </b>on an unblinking biography.

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Book review: The Longest Afternoon

VISITORS to modern day Waterloo may struggle to follow the topography of one of the most important military encounters in European history. In particular, an enormous earthwork, the Lion’s Mound, erected 1820, has significantly altered the perspective, writes Allan Prosser.

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Book review: A Man Of Good Hope

A Man Of Good Hope
Jonny Steinberg
Jonathan Cape, €28.99;
ebook. €14.50

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Book review: Vigilante

Vigilante
Shelley Harris
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £12.99;
ebook €8.49

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Book review: A Delicate Wildness

A Delicate Wildness: The Life and Loves of David Thomson 1914-1988
Julian Vignoles
Lilliput, €16.99

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Book review: Goodhouse

Goodhouse
Peyton Marshall Doubleday, €15.99;
ebook, €11.99

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Book review: French Women Don’t Get Facelifts

Don’t be fooled by Mme Guiliano’s seemingly feather-brained little book of lifestyle advice for older women — now in paperback and the sequel to French Women Don’t Get Fat.

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Children’s book reviews: Poppy’s Babies, Maia and What Matters, A Crack in Everything

Poppy’s Babies
by Jill Barklem
(Harper Collins; €8.99 HB)

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Book review: The Glorious Madness: Tales of the Irish and the Great War

Andrew Melsom on a collection remembering Irish soldiers’ often heroic roles in World War I    

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Book review: Printer’s Devil Court

SUSAN HILL’s long and diverse career will surely always be defined by The Woman in Black. 

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Book review: The Man Who Walked Away

It is 1886. A traumatised young man, Albert, is unable to stop walking. He walks from town to town, across the countryside, across borders, sleeping in ditches or barns.

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Book review: On Writers and Writing

Margaret Atwood interrogates the myths around the idea of being a writer. Val Nolan is impressed by her conclusions.

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Book review: A Dancer In The Dust

This starts off as a simple whodunit: New York risk assessor, Ray Campbell, learns that a man he once knew in the fictional African country of Lubanda has been found dead outside a New York hotel.

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Book review: A Brief Stop On The Road From Auschwitz

A Brief Stop On The Road From Auschwitz is a sensitive prisoner-of-war story, because author Goran Rosenberg is writing about his father, David.

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Book review: Life, Love and The Archers

ONLY after reading this collection of memoirs, reviews and prose by the poet Wendy Cope (b. 1945), did I realise that she has become a ‘national treasure’ in the UK.

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Book review: After Helen

After Helen is a moving look at love, loss and the challenges of parenthood.

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Book review: The American Lover

Rose Tremain is one of England’s most significant writers. She’s won The Orange Prize; The Whitbread and the The James Tait Black Memorial Prize. She spoke to Sue Leonard about her latest collection of short stories.    

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Children’s books

Light-fingered Larry, by Jan Fearnley (Egmont; €8.80)
Larry uses his slithery tentacles to steal things, which he stores in his undersea den. 

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Here’s the new book releases to look out for in spring 2015

Richard Fitzpatrick reveals some books that are certain to cause a stir this spring.

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Book review: The Rich: From Slaves To Super Yachts, A 2,000 Year History

The rich are different, even more different that we ever imagined, discovers Marjorie Brennan, the only problem is the gap between them and us is widening.

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Book review: If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go

Judy Chicurel

Tinder Press, €15.99; ebook, €9.99

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Book review: Waiting For Doggo

Mark B Mills

Headline Review, €19.40; ebook, €8.49

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Kids books to look out for

Here’s some newly released books that will appeal to the young book worm.

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Book review: Let Me Be Frank With You

Richard Ford Bloomsbury, €18.75;

ebook, €7.49

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Book review: Saol: Thoughts from Ireland on Life & Living

Catherine Conlon

The Collins Press, €12.99

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Book review: Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art

Peter Murray wonders why, in an eclectic collection of writers’ responses to works on show at the National Gallery the majority of contributors chose pieces that allowed them avoid eye-to-eye contact with the subject.

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Book review: The Woman who Stole My Life

The Woman who Stole My Life

Marian Keyes 

Penguin/Michael Joseph: €14.99; ebook, €8.92

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Book review: Crooked Heart

Lissa Evans

Doubleday, €21.50; ebook, €11.99

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Five celebs pick their favourite book of 2014

See what book Ted Walsh, Anne Enright, Peter Sheridan, Theo Dorgan and Gary Cooke think should be in your Christmas stocking.

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The final chapter in sports books for the festive season

Another year, another sack of books.

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Bringing history into focus

The invention of printing meant we needed glasses and they led to changes we can hardly comprehend. Richard Fitzpatrick on history’s game changers.

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The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Short Stories

Edinburgh cop John Rebus has already been resurrected once by his creator, who brought him out of retirement for a new novel a few years ago and now he is back again in this short story selection.

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Paradoxical ties with Collins defined Civil War strategist

THE American-born Emmet Dalton had such a fascinating career that it is surprising it has taken so long for a proper biography to be written.

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Some Luck

Some Luck is  the first  volume of Pulitzer-prizewinning novelist Jane Smiley’s new trilogy The Last Hundred Years. 

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A History of Cloneyharp National School 1837-1979

A microscopic look at the setting up of the national school system, and a summary of how people’s lives changed over almost one and a half centuries, A History of Cloneyharp National School 1837-1979 is a window into the past. Con Ryan and Tom Carroll have succeeded in bringing back to life, vividly, a time gone but not forgotten.

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Forgotten Fitzgerald: Echoes Of A Lost America

The notion of Fitzgerald’s short stories as merely lucrative distractions from magnificent novels like The Great Gatsby has faded, but his biographer Sarah Churchwell contends that we are still only and overly familiar with a small selection.

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Character judged to perfection

WHAT might be the best first page of any novel this year announces the arrival of Ian McEwan’s latest portrayal of the professional elites.

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Inside Beatles’ minds

It’s nearly 45 years since The Beatles broke up but their influence on popular music is as strong as ever. Joe Dermody on Hunter Davies’ encyclopedic book on the band’s ground-breaking lyrics.

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Children’s books

The Busiest People Ever by Richard Scarry (Harper Collins; €8.30) vibrates with energy from the very beginning as everyone in Busytown goes about their work. 

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Where I’m Reading From: The Changing World Of Books

Tim Parks
Harvill Secker, £12.99;
ebook, £6.02

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Chronicler of life in China now has an audience in the West

Frog
Mo Yan
Translated by Howard Goldblatt
Hamish Hamilton, £18.99;
Kindle: £3.59

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The David Foster Wallace Reader

David Foster Wallace
Hamish Hamilton, €29.99;
ebook, €12.99

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Flesh And Blood

Patricia Cornwell
Harper Collins, £20;
ebook, £6.65

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Heaney’s second, and final, act

New Selected Poems 1988-2013
Seamus Heaney
Faber Hardback, €13.52;
ebook, €10.52

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The bittersweet symphonies of Beethoven’s life

Beethoven’s life was a series of disappointments, recurring conflicts, worsening illness and increasing financial worries, but, says Eamonn Lawlor, nothing could diminish his genius    

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The American Lover

Rose Tremain
Chatto & Windus, €24.50,
ebook €12.99

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A Brief Stop on the Road to Auschwitz

Goran Rosenberg’s parents survived the Nazi’s Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps and made a new life in Sweden but, as he told Tony Clayton-Lea, they never fully escaped it— neither should we.

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Children’s Books

Lost In The Sea Of Despair
by Tracey Turner
(Bloomsbury; €6.30) 

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Don’t dash the rush

Rush Hour
How 500 million commuters survive the daily journey to work
Iain Gately
Head of Zeus; £16.99 

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Candid dispatches, defined by unease, from a changing Europe

Greetings, Hero
Aiden O’Reilly
Honest Publishing, £13.99

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The lessons of a colourful life

Rainbow in the Cloud
The Wit and Wisdom of Maya Angelou
Virago, €19.40;
ebook, €7.99

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Endure to explore

Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer
Michael Smith
The Collins Press, €19.99 

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The Hilltop

Assaf Gavron
Oneworld, €25.35;
ebook €16.10

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Does Santa Exist?

Eric Kaplan Little,
Brown, €18.75;
ebook, €7.99

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Revival

Stephen King
Hodder & Stoughton, €18.99;
email, €11.99

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The Art Of Asking

Amanda Palmer
Piatkus, €20.85;
ebook, €8.99

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Children’s books

An Gabhar A Raibh An-Ocras Go Deo Air,
by Maire Ni Chualain
(Futa Fata; €9.95 HB; as Gaeilge) 

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An inspector calls in gripping Neapolitan thriller

Naples is a city used to terror. The Camorra run amok through its streets; drugs, violence and even murder are facts of life.

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Exploring the depths of the soul

IT’S A LONG way from the Arctic that Cormac James was reared. Born and raised in Ballincollig in Cork — when he was still Cormac McCarthy — Cormac James has lived in Montpellier in France for the past 12 years.

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Men Explain Things To Me And Other Essays

Rebecca Solnit
Granta, €18.75; ebook, £10.38

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Inside story on the Kingdom

Breda Joy has written a celebration of Kerry. Donal Hickey on a fine contribution to the county’s rich heritage.

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A fresh look at Byron

Fiona MacCarthy deserves huge credit for uncovering so much new and illuminating information on Lord Byron, she has revised her biography as her subject has become more, rather than less, relevant says Marjorie Brennan.

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The Murdstone Trilogy

Mal Peet
David Fickling Books, €17.99;
ebook, £7.79

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Emma

Alexander McCall Smith
The Borough Press, £18.99;
ebook, £6.64

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Children’s books

The Girl Who Walked on Air
by Emma Carroll
(Faber& Faber; €8.80). 

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Archer honoured by ‘most literate race’

There’s no short cut to writing a bestseller.

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Irish Country Houses book: Getting to the heart of the rise and fall of Ireland’s high society

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

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Book shines light on the world’s most spectacular gardens

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.

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New food bible a sublime guide to growing, cooking and preparing your own food

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.

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Thinking outside of that box: Dermot Bannon gets off the telly and into print

ALL of the dramas have been taken out of home improvement, in architect Dermot Bannon’s book, Love Your Home.

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Timely guide to Dublin design

Tommy Barker looks at a new Gandon Editions book on Dublin’s top modern builds by young Cork architect, Séan Antóin O Muirí.

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The high art of Anouska Hempel

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.

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A brave new world on mid-century design

Carol O’Callaghan reviews a new volume on mid-century design.

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Science behind good writing

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
Steven Pinker
Allen Lane; £20

 

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Funny Girl

Nick Hornby
Viking, €27.50;
ebook, €15.99

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Caird — a bishop and a leader

Donald Caird
Church of Ireland Bishop, Gaelic Churchman, A Life
The Columba Press, €19.99

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The Naming Of The Shrew

A Curious History Of Latin Names
John Wright
Bloomsbury £14.99
ebook £6.69

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Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography

Meryle Secrest
Fig Tree, £25;
ebook, £13.99

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Rachel Joyce
Transworld E15.99
Kindle: E5.93

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All alone in the world: three life stories of loss and displacement

Orphans
Hadrien Laroche
Translated by Jan Steyn and Caite Dolan-Leach
Dalkey Archive, €15.75

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The King’s Sister

Anne O’Brien
Mira Books, €12.99;
ebook, £4.75

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Children’s Books

Gregory’s Grumpy Day,
by Nicola Call
(Bloomsbury; €6.30) 

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Persistence pays

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.

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The importance of being Wilde

Oscar Wilde’s greatest contribution to our culture is not his writing but the invention of celebrity. JP O’Malley is not entirely convinced.

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A collection with a hard heart

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. 

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Will the destructive ‘human age’ be the end of all eras?

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.

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Book: Carsick

John Waters
Corsair, €19.40;
ebook, €12.99

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Book: The Collapse: The Accidental Opening Of The Berlin Wall

Mary Elise Sarotte
Basic Books, €27.50;
ebook, €15.24

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Book: The Book Of Gold Leaves

Mirza Waheed
Penguin, €18.75;
ebook. €10.99

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Book: F

By Daniel Kehlmann
Quercus, €18.75; ebook, £6.99

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Children’s books

Sunita’s Baby Sister by Nicola Call (Bloomsbury; €6.30). The byline to this oh so useful book could be ‘Jealousy’. 

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Stalin’s staying power

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. 

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A thought-provoking meditation

Us      
David Nicholls        
Hodder & Stoughton 17.99        

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Small-town stories, big laughs

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.

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Ireland couldn’t stomach war, so it went hungry at home

Ireland During the Second World War
Bryce Evans
University of Manchester Press, €85

 

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Children’s Books: How The Library (Not The Prince) Saved Rapunzel

How The Library (Not The Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour and Rebecca Ashdown (Frances Lincoln; €15.10 HB). 

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Book: Consumed

David Cronenberg
Fourth Estate, €15.99;
ebook, €15.98

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Book: Gray Mountain

John Grisham
Hodder & Stoughton, €19.99;
ebook, €13.99

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Book: Rising Ground: A Search For The Spirit Of Place

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.

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Book: The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History

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.

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‘Portrait of a Man’ has the feel of some uncovered treasure

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. 

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

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.

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Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly
Picador, £25; ebook, €18.07

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The Book Of Strange New Things

Michel Faber
Canongate Books, €18.99; ebook, €13.03

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When in Paris, do as the Nazis did: the surrendering of a city

DURING the Nazi occupation of Europe, some cities were more unfortunate than others. 

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On the voyage of life, all that finally matters is ‘fellow-ship’

Theo Dorgan’s new poetry collection, Nine Bright Shiners, utilises nautical metaphor to remember nine dead friends and loved-ones, says Thomas McCarthy.

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Childrens books: Chu’s First Day at School

Chu’s First Day at School
by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex
(Bloomsbury; €10.99HB). 

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Good but Grimm bedtime reading

These Brothers Grimm stories topics are common to mankind’s experience of life: they unite us all. Mary Leland on a new anthology.

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How a writer Bloomed

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.

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Impressive debut heralds a talent of breathtaking vibrancy

We Need New Names
NoViolet Bulawayo
Vintage, £7.99
Kindle: £4.74 

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Thriller gets under Glasgow’s skin

Where the Dead Men Go
Liam McIlvanney Faber, €11.95

 

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Centuries Of Change

Ian Mortimer
Bodley Head, £20; ebook, £9.99

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Moriarty

Anthony Horowitz
Orion, €17.99; ebook, €12.99

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A Little In Love

Susan Fletcher
Chicken House, €10.00;
ebook, €6.50

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The Last Days Of California

Mary Miller
Liveright Publishing Corporation, €17.25;
ebook, €8.23

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Children’s books: Alfie in the Garden

Alfie in the Garden by Debi Gliori (Bloomsbury; €15.10 HB). 

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Book: Now That I’ve Found You

Now That I’ve Found You
Ciara Geraghty
Hachette Books Ireland, €14.99; ebook, 6.32.
Review: Sue Leonard

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Portraits of great paintings: Irish authors take inspiration from the greats

Irish authors have taken pieces in the National Gallery as inspiration for prose and poetry, writes Peter Murray

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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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