Anna Carey

Anna Carey

Sinister and state-of-the-art twist on a truly timeless story

Sinister and state-of-the-art twist on a truly timeless story

Ruth Ware’s utterly compelling new novel is a fine modern addition to a tradition that includes everything from The Mysteries of Udolpho to Jane Eyre and Henry James’s 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw, from which her book draws its title

Book review: My Friend Anna

Book review: My Friend Anna

Story of Soho grifter makes a compelling summer read

An atmospheric and haunting tale of innocence corrupted

An atmospheric and haunting tale of innocence corrupted

Fiction: Cape May, By Chip Cheek, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €17.50 Henry and Effie, the protag...

Brilliant exploration of women moving uneasily into middle age

Brilliant exploration of women moving uneasily into middle age

FICTION: Expectation, By Anna Hope, Doubleday, €16.45 As anyone over the age of 40 knows, there...

A pioneering female gumshoe with a genius for PR

A pioneering female gumshoe with a genius for PR

Susannah Stapleton’s hugely entertaining new book is an attempt to find out about Maud West, a private detective based in the heart of London’s West End in the early 20th century

A page-turner of a detective novel that transcends cliché

A page-turner of a detective novel that transcends cliché

Since the publication of her award-winning 1995 debut Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate Atkin...

Hidden magic

Hidden magic

Subtle spookiness abounds in Sarah Maria Griffin’s enthralling new novel Other Words for Smoke, featuring suburban tarot readings and two teenage protagonists who will fascinate young people and grown-ups alike, writes Anna Carey

Sisters are doing it for each other in this powerful paean

Sisters are doing it for each other in this powerful paean

Daisy Buchanan explores, with wit and insight, not just her relationship with all five of her siblings, but how those relationships inform her view on what it is to be a woman

A comprehensive look at  the decade that transformed the lives of women

A comprehensive look at the decade that transformed the lives of women

Throughout the book, Virginia Nicholson subtly shows the seeds being sown from which would grow the Women’s Liberation Movement that exploded at the end of the decade

Stibbe’s heroine is back to star in a genuinely funny and touching tale

Stibbe’s heroine is back to star in a genuinely funny and touching tale

FICTION: Reasons to be Cheerful, By Nina Stibbe, Penguin Viking, €15 Lizzie Vogel is flying the...

Diary of a made-up band hits all the high notes

Diary of a made-up band hits all the high notes

Fiction: Daisy Jones & The Six, By Taylor Jenkins Reid, Hutchinson, €14.95 Were you a fan o...

Real lives, real women and much more than murder victims

Real lives, real women and much more than murder victims

History: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper; By Hallie Rubenhold; ...

The secret history of needlework, one strand at a time

The secret history of needlework, one strand at a time

In Threads of Life, Clare Hunter – a distinguished textile artist – explores the many ways in which women (and some men) have expressed themselves through sewing in general, and embroidery and appliqué in particular

Meditation on healing properties of a ramble in the natural world

Meditation on healing properties of a ramble in the natural world

Non-fiction: The Wild Remedy, By Emma Mitchell, Michael O’Mara Books, €17.95 Ten years ago th...

Through a troubled Lens

Through a troubled Lens

A new documentary, set to be screened on RTÉ, traces the lives of the people who endured the Troubles and the photographers who documented their stories. Anna Carey meets its director Tom Burke