Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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Theatre: Eclectic fare the order of the day at Galway Arts Festival

Theatre: Eclectic fare the order of the day at Galway Arts Festival

Andrew Lynch picks out some of the highlights from the itinerary

Theatre: It has its moments, but Room lacks real dimension

Theatre: It has its moments, but Room lacks real dimension

The songs by director Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph sound disappointingly generic

A tender tribute to Jo Cox from the man who loved her most

A tender tribute to Jo Cox from the man who loved her most

Biography: Jo Cox: More in Common, By Brendan Cox, Two Roads, €16.10

Theatre: Handbags at ten paces as Wilde mined for inspiration

Theatre: Handbags at ten paces as Wilde mined for inspiration

Norton and White do a fine job of contrasting the characters’ primly formal language and alarmingly amoral behaviour

Stranger than fiction: decoding the Churchill myth

Stranger than fiction: decoding the Churchill myth

The film Churchill has drawn the ire of historians for its inaccurate portrayal of historical events, but is it the prerogative of the artist to embellish facts in pursuit of better drama?

Theatre: Odyssey through Ulysses’ Cyclops is an eye-opener

Theatre: Odyssey through Ulysses’ Cyclops is an eye-opener

The key problem for any theatrical version of Ulysses is that so much of the story is told through internal monologues

Maeve Binchy bildungsroman set to be commercial barnstormer

Maeve Binchy bildungsroman set to be commercial barnstormer

Binchy sceptics are unlikely to be converted by this unashamedly sentimental drama, but it should be a huge commercial hit

Kasparov’s polemical move offers insight but lacks real depth

Kasparov’s polemical move offers insight but lacks real depth

Science: Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins, By Garry Kasparov with Mig Greengard, John Murray, €17.25

Theatre: Pitch black comedy still rocking along nicely

Theatre: Pitch black comedy still rocking along nicely

Stones in His Pockets has aged badly in some respects - but remains a sturdy piece of storytelling

A thought-provoking analysis of the age of narcissism

A thought-provoking analysis of the age of narcissism

Psychology: Insight: The Power of Self-Awareness in a Self-Deluded World, By Tasha Eurich, Macmillan, €17.25

Going back to his roots: one man’s odyssey of linguistic rediscovery

Going back to his roots: one man’s odyssey of linguistic rediscovery

Memoir: Coming Home: One Man’s Return to the Irish Language, By Michael McCaughan, Gill Books, €15

Latest dispatches from the quest to stay alive for ever

Latest dispatches from the quest to stay alive for ever

Science: To Be a Machine, By Mark O’Connell, Granta, €17

Vindicating Machiavelli, the master of manipulation

Vindicating Machiavelli, the master of manipulation

Over the centuries, The Prince has been bedtime reading for all sorts of ruthless tyrants

Patricia Cornwell fails to convince by rehashing the Ripper

Patricia Cornwell fails to convince by rehashing the Ripper

Cornwell has spent more than $6 million researching her thesis on Jack the Ripper

Britain’s introvert-in-chief

Britain’s introvert-in-chief

Biography: Theresa May: The Enigmatic Prime Minister, By Rosa Prince, Biteback, €23