Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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Breaking the ice

Breaking the ice

John Banville doesn’t do small talk. His greeting when we meet in the bar of the Merrion Hotel is perfunctory, his exit an hour and a half later disconcertingly abrupt.

Cashing in on the Bard

Cashing in on the Bard

William Shakespeare doesn’t seem to have cared much about posterity.

Britain’s new man in Ireland

Britain’s new man in Ireland

David Reddaway, the new British ambassador to Ireland, is used to being in a tight spot.

Just out

Just out

Cinema: The Wicker Man, directed by Neil La Bute, at cinemas nationwide, cert 15A.

Just out

Just out

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Class struggle

Class struggle

Poet Philip Larkin once wrote that a university is like a massive railway station with hundreds of trains leaving for exciting destinations every minute of the day.

Powerful critique of Iraq invasion

Powerful critique of Iraq invasion

Fiasco, by Thomas E Ricks, Penguin/Viking, €17.

Powerful critique of Iraq invasion

Powerful critique of Iraq invasion

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Right-wing polemic packs a punch

Right-wing polemic packs a punch

Celsius 7/7, by Michael Gove, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €14.70.

Rude Health: Pet therapy for a happier life

Rude Health: Pet therapy for a happier life

When Winston Churchill was depressed, he used to say that the ‘‘black dog’’ was following him around, which just goes to show that while the old boy may have been a dab hand at fighting fascists he knew precious little about animals.

Right-wing polemic packs a punch

Right-wing polemic packs a punch

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Insightful look at Blair years

Insightful look at Blair years

The End Of Politics, by Alexander Lee and Timothy Stanley, Politico’s, €27.90.

SO YOU WANT TO. . . find the Loch Ness monster

SO YOU WANT TO. . . find the Loch Ness monster

What it is: the most famous legendary creature in the world, said to roam the murky depths of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

Bursting Greenspan’s bubble

Bursting Greenspan’s bubble

BUBBLE MAN. ALAN GREENSPAN AND THE MISSING 7 TRILLION DOLLARS. By Peter Hartcher, Norton, €23.50

Judging a book by its cover

Judging a book by its cover

A couple of years ago, I had a rather disturbing experience while reading the RTE Guide.