Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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Digging up the details of a child murderer

Digging up the details of a child murderer

Crime/History; The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer; By Kate Summerscale; Bloomsbury, €17.50

Sayle stands up for the comedy revolution

Sayle stands up for the comedy revolution

Vivid social history, thoughtful self-analysis and colourful showbiz anecdotes

How a fiery entertainer submerged her talent in self-pity

How a fiery entertainer submerged her talent in self-pity

What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography; By Alan Light

Jordan scores with Hitchcockian gothic thriller

Jordan scores with Hitchcockian gothic thriller

Fiction: The Drowned Detective; By Neil Jordan; Bloomsbury, €17.25

All for one: the awkward truth about the seven signatories

All for one: the awkward truth about the seven signatories

It is hard to imagine many books more vivid and insightful than this

Who fears to read of 1916?

Who fears to read of 1916?

From coffee-table tomes to gripping eyewitness accounts, the breadth of Rising literature is vast and impressive

A takedown of Blair that suffers from one-sided overkill

A takedown of Blair that suffers from one-sided overkill

Politics; Broken Vows: Tony Blair – The Tragedy of Power; By Tom Bower; Faber & Faber, €20

Bringing The Big Fellow Back

Bringing The Big Fellow Back

Neil Jordan on 1916, Collins and everything after

Another bizarre episode from the Hermit Kingdom

Another bizarre episode from the Hermit Kingdom

The Extraordinary Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project

Theatre: Classic staging of O’Casey drama stands up

Theatre: Classic staging of O’Casey drama stands up

This poignant new Gate production stays true to O’Casey’s original intentions

De profundis for freedivers who pushed life to the limit

De profundis for freedivers who pushed life to the limit

Sport; One Breath: Freediving, Death and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits; By Adam Skolnick; Corsair, €20

McPherson’s small but perfectly-formed gem

McPherson’s small but perfectly-formed gem

Theatre: The Lime Tree Bower

A manual to make yourself a more valuable worker

A manual to make yourself a more valuable worker

Self-improvement; Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World; By Cal Newport; Piatkus, €20

A manual to make yourself a more valuable worker

A manual to make yourself a more valuable worker

Self-improvement; Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World; By Cal Newport; Piatkus, €20

The wrestler: John Irving, the great American novelist

The wrestler: John Irving, the great American novelist

His novels convey an endlessly fascinating inner universe