Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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‘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

Le Carré gives little away in cagey memoir

Le Carré gives little away in cagey memoir

Memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories From My Life, By John le Carré, Viking, €17.50

What really happened after WWI

What really happened after WWI

The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End

Stiglitz’s narrow polemic fails to consider altern   ative views

Stiglitz’s narrow polemic fails to consider altern ative views

Economics, The Euro: And Its Threat to the Future of Europe, By Joseph E Stiglitz, Allen Lane, €27

Patty Hearst: Rich girl to revolutionary and back again

Patty Hearst: Rich girl to revolutionary and back again

American Heiress may be the closest we will ever come to the truth

Cuba libre

Cuba libre

Set in Havana, Mark O’Halloran’s new film Viva is a tender look at the liberating qualities of the drag scene

Capitalism’s greatest critic is re-examined

Capitalism’s greatest critic is re-examined

Biography; Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, By Gareth Stedman Jones, Allen Lane, €47

The occupational hazards of a busy gossip columnist

The occupational hazards of a busy gossip columnist

I’m Not One to Gossip, But . . ., By John McEntee

Daughter frequently left in the dark by her transgender father

Daughter frequently left in the dark by her transgender father

In the Darkroom, By Susan Faludi