Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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Second volume of de Valera biography looks at political years

Second volume of de Valera biography looks at political years

While the first volume, Rise, was chiefly about Dev the revolutionary, Rule focuses on Dev the politician

Striking an attitude: Portrayal of workplace strife still rings true

Striking an attitude: Portrayal of workplace strife still rings true

In theory, almost two hours of constant arguing over industrial relations does not sound like an enticing prospect. In practice it works extremely well

Ballagh’s self-portrait is perceptive, provocative and sometimes chaotic

Ballagh’s self-portrait is perceptive, provocative and sometimes chaotic

Memoir: A Reluctant Memoir, By Robert Ballagh, Head of Zeus, €30 How did Robert Ballagh become ...

Rigorous and compelling study of Henry VIII’s chief henchman

Rigorous and compelling study of Henry VIII’s chief henchman

Diarmaid MacCulloch does not deny his subject’s ruthless side, but insists that it must be put in historical context

New take on Poirot feels like a pale imitation

New take on Poirot feels like a pale imitation

FICTION: The Mystery of Three Quarters, By Sophie Hannah, Harper Collins, €17.25 Agatha Christi...

Still in ship shape

Still in ship shape

At 75, former Monty Python man Michael Palin’s creative energies remain undimmed – and his latest project, a book about a 19th-century British Navy vessel, has a peculiarly Irish element to it

A dense and often depressing delve into Ireland’s island life

A dense and often depressing delve into Ireland’s island life

At the end of a book that is often dominated by human suffering, Diarmaid Ferriter’s postscript ends on a surprisingly upbeat note

Overblown prose undermines a peek into an eventful year

Overblown prose undermines a peek into an eventful year

History: Ireland 1963: A Year of Marvels, Mysteries, Merriment and Misfortune, By Kevin C Kearns,...

An inspiring journey lessened by overload of earnestness

An inspiring journey lessened by overload of earnestness

Uncertainty, combined with an overload of earnestness, mars Lynn Ruane’s memoir – but its obvious warmth and compassion still show that Irish public life could indeed do with more people like her

A doorstopper that tells the long story of a nation

A doorstopper that tells the long story of a nation

History: The Cambridge History of Ireland, Edited by Thomas Bartlett (general editor), Brendan Sm...

Dredging up the truth about Adolf Hitler’s final hours

Dredging up the truth about Adolf Hitler’s final hours

There are far too many self-importantly melodramatic passages. Still, Brisard and Parshina deserve great credit for finally nailing their target

Varadkar the outsider is captured in a perceptive biography

Varadkar the outsider is captured in a perceptive biography

Biography: Leo: Leo Varadkar - A Very Modern Taoiseach, By Philip Ryan and Niall O’Connor, Bite...

Gossip trumps politics in frothy Obama White House memoir

Gossip trumps politics in frothy Obama White House memoir

Politics: From the Corner of the Oval: One Woman’s True Story of Her Accidental Career in the O...

A one-night stand of guilty pleasure

A one-night stand of guilty pleasure

Copper Face Jacks is not a musical for anyone easily offended by stereotypes, but director Karl Harpur’s cheap and cheerful production is undeniably good fun

Cautionary tale labours the Punt

Cautionary tale labours the Punt

Punt By Tara Doolan and Pius McGrath The New Theatre Rating: *** Runs until July 14 ‘I am not a...