Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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A genius answers your biggest questions, mostly with simplicity

A genius answers your biggest questions, mostly with simplicity

Based around ten questions Stephen Hawking was commonly asked by politicians, journalists and fellow academics, the book mostly uses science as a mere jumping-off point to discuss the future of humanity as well

Profile Noel Edmonds: No deal in the jungle

Profile Noel Edmonds: No deal in the jungle

Factfile Name: Noel Edmonds Age: 69 Appearance: short, bouffant hair, trim beard, often wears ter...

The former First Lady shares recollections of life in the White House

The former First Lady shares recollections of life in the White House

Memoir: Becoming, By Michelle Obama, Viking, €30 Never judge a book by its photo captions. Anyo...

Tóibín’s fascinating study writes literary fathers into their sons’ stories

Tóibín’s fascinating study writes literary fathers into their sons’ stories

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know is based on a series of lectures that Tóibín delivered in honour of the late biographer Richard Ellmann at Emory University in Georgia last year

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