Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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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...

Unashamedly nostalgic, but still bleedin’ rapid

Unashamedly nostalgic, but still bleedin’ rapid

The Snapper By Roddy Doyle Gate Theatre, Dublin Rating: **** Runs until September 15 Nobody ever ...

Dystopian tale of lives lived and destroyed via smartphone

Dystopian tale of lives lived and destroyed via smartphone

Well That’s What I Heard By Thommas Kane Byrne Theatre Upstairs @ Lanigan’s, Eden Quay Rating...

Fervent if uneven drama about reaping what you sow

Fervent if uneven drama about reaping what you sow

The Harvest By Jane McCarthy The New Theatre, Essex St East, Dublin Rating: *** Runs until June 2...

Love à la Mode: Larger-than-life farce takes plenty of stylistic liberties

Love à la Mode: Larger-than-life farce takes plenty of stylistic liberties

Certainly a crowd-pleaser and likely to be most effective with a big audience, so get along to Smock Alley and fill the place up.

Martial monologue carries a primitive power all its own

Martial monologue carries a primitive power all its own

Alex Martinez wrote The Rose of Jericho for the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe in protest against Britain’s 'jingoistic' centenary commemorations of World War I

Waiting for something like Godot, in lonely rural squalor

Waiting for something like Godot, in lonely rural squalor

If the makers of From Under the Bed ever want a snappy strapline for their posters, they might consider 'Waiting for Godot meets D’Unbelievables'

A high-flying feminist call to arms, but also a flawed drama

A high-flying feminist call to arms, but also a flawed drama

I See You By Amy de Bhrún Theatre Upstairs @ Lanigan’s Bar, Eden Quay, Dublin Rating: *** Runs...