Books

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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