Anna Carey

Anna Carey

Breathing new life into some festive hardy annuals

Breathing new life into some festive hardy annuals

If you only buy one bulker-upper this year, then make it this very cheering book

Jennifer Egan: She’ll take Manhattan

Jennifer Egan: She’ll take Manhattan

Six years ago, Egan won the Pulitzer Prize for the acclaimed story collection A Visit From The Goon Squad, but her new novel Manhattan Beach is a very different beast indeed

Erratic Eugenides hits the target just enough times

Erratic Eugenides hits the target just enough times

Fiction: Fresh Complaint, By Jeffrey Eugenides, Fourth Estate, €19.55

Philip King is raising hares in a church

Philip King is raising hares in a church

As co-founder of the Other Voices festival, King is charged with discovering new talent while staying true to the growing festival’s ethos and Kerry roots

Witty view on much more than politics

Witty view on much more than politics

Entertaining, provocative, amusing and sometimes infuriating

Coming of age novel struggles to find an authentic voice

Coming of age novel struggles to find an authentic voice

Not quite as funny as its blurb claims, there are sparks of real wit

Nature and nurture collide in bitter frontier family saga

Nature and nurture collide in bitter frontier family saga

At the Edge of the Orchard; By Tracy Chevalier; Borough Press, €17.25

Rowling has found her new calling

Rowling has found her new calling

JK keeps the reader guessing throughout this gripping novel while sticking firmly to the rules of good crime fiction

An unsuccessful attempt to bring a vivid story to life

An unsuccessful attempt to bring a vivid story to life

Sadly, unlike its heroine, Circling The Sun never really takes off

How a fart gave rise to a new take on feminism

How a fart gave rise to a new take on feminism

Bridget Christie uses comedy to examine feminist stereotypes, creepy advertisements and female genital mutilation

Engrossing novel paints a picture of three futures

Engrossing novel paints a picture of three futures

fiction: The Versions of Us. By Laura Barnett. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €17.50.

Paperback writers

Paperback writers

Unravelling Oliver

No surprises as McCall  Smith plays it safe

No surprises as McCall Smith plays it safe

Fiction: The Novel Habits .of Happiness. By Alexander McCall Smith. Little, Brown, €19.

An unfortunate naut  ical saga full of cardboard cut-outs

An unfortunate naut ical saga full of cardboard cut-outs

We Are Pirates By Daniel Handler Bloomsbury, €15.10

Rollicking account of a Hollywood icon’s glory years

Rollicking account of a Hollywood icon’s glory years

Watch Me. By Anjelica Huston. Simon & Schuster, €19. Reviewed by Anna Carey.