Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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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

The book that reads like Bridget Jones on acid

The book that reads like Bridget Jones on acid

A spirited, original and courageous argument – but, in the end, not a particularly convincing one

‘Ireland is like a classic alcoholic, with a big ego and low self-esteem’

‘Ireland is like a classic alcoholic, with a big ego and low self-esteem’

Playwright Conor McPherson says that Ireland was destroyed because of its previous trauma

Fair & Fowl: new work from writer Eoin Colfer

Fair & Fowl: new work from writer Eoin Colfer

“The first act will make audiences laugh,the second will hit them in the gut”

Russia: Anatomy of a revolution gets lost in a fog of detail

Russia: Anatomy of a revolution gets lost in a fog of detail

Why did a movement that had such noble intentions end up replacing one tyranny with another?

Face to face with the Middle East’s most feared dictator

Face to face with the Middle East’s most feared dictator

A damning account of a CIA agent's time as Saddam Hussein’s chief interrogator

A harrowing overview of the Holocaust

A harrowing overview of the Holocaust

History: The Holocaust, By Laurence Rees, Viking, €33.25

Books of the year: The best literary stocking-fillers this festive season

Books of the year: The best literary stocking-fillers this festive season

Which books should you buy for family and friends this Christmas? Andrew Lynch picks out the history, political, sports and current affairs titles of the year

This peek at Paxman doesn’t provide all the answers

This peek at Paxman doesn’t provide all the answers

Memoir: A Life in Questions, By Jeremy Paxman, William Collins, €27