Anna Carey

Anna Carey

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.

A Semple slice from an earlier time

A Semple slice from an earlier time

This One Is Mine. By Maria Semple. Phoenix, €11.50. Reviewed by Anna Carey.

Historical paper chase is a deeply dry affair

Historical paper chase is a deeply dry affair

The Paper Trail. An Unexpected History of the World's Greatest Invention. By Alexander Monro. Allen Lane, €25.20. Reviewed by Anna Carey.

Crime pays for Rowling again with second Strike outing

Crime pays for Rowling again with second Strike outing

If it's possible to feel sorry for someone who has made a vast fortune by doing something she loves and entertaining millions of people in the process, I do feel sorry for JK Rowling.

Plenty of twists and turns as Parsons turns to crime

Plenty of twists and turns as Parsons turns to crime

The Murder Bag. By Tony Parsons. Century, €11. Reviewed by Anna Carey.

The chaos and complexity of Irish nationalism

The chaos and complexity of Irish nationalism

Fallen. By Lia Mills. Penguin, €16.35. Reviewed by Anna Carey.

Doyle tackles depression with the deftest of touches

Doyle tackles depression with the deftest of touches

Brilliant. By Roddy Doyle. Macmillan, €13.85. Reviewed by Anna Carey.

O' Connor conjures a vivid vision of rock life

O' Connor conjures a vivid vision of rock life

The Thrill of It All. By Joseph O'Connor. Harvill Secker, €14. Reviewed by Anna Carey.

Love and betrayal on the home front

Love and betrayal on the home front

Unexploded by Alison MacLeod. Hamish Hamilton, €17. Reviewed by Anna Carey.

Family misfortunes laid bare

Family misfortunes laid bare

Things We Need by Jennifer Close. Chatto & Windus, €16.35. Reviewed by Anna Carey.

Media fuss obscures a good novel

Media fuss obscures a good novel

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. Sphere, €15. Reviewed by Anna Carey.

Lost Guthrie tale rises from Earth

Lost Guthrie tale rises from Earth

The House of Earth by Woody Guthrie. Fourth Estate, €18.90. Reviewed by Anna Carey.

An elegant and personal parable about Ireland's decline

An elegant and personal parable about Ireland's decline

The Fall of Ireland by Dermot Bolger. New Island, €12.99. Reviewed by Anna Carey.

Humour takes centre stage in Moran's work

Humour takes centre stage in Moran's work

Moranthology by Caitlin Moran. Ebury, €15. Reviewed by Anna Carey.