Anna Carey

Anna Carey

Combating depression with cupcakes

Combating depression with cupcakes

Saved By Cake by Marian Keyes. Penguin Michael Joseph, €19. Reviewed by Anna Carey.

Artist extraordinaire is a late bloomer

Artist extraordinaire is a late bloomer

It is sometimes claimed that there are naturally fewer female geniuses than there are male, as a quick reference to history will throw up the fact that there have been no female equivalents to men such as Rembrandt, Shakespeare or Raphael.

How an urbane New Yorker spun an enchanting children’s classic

How an urbane New Yorker spun an enchanting children’s classic

The New Yorker’s contribution to great literature goes without saying.

Imagining the lives of others

Imagining the lives of others

Perhaps most biographies are, to some extent, fictional constructs.

How women were set free in a total war

How women were set free in a total war

In 2005, after years of campaigning led by politician Betty Boothroyd, a monument was erected in Whitehall to the work of British women during World War II.

Fey doesn’t just play it for laughs in guarded memoir

Fey doesn’t just play it for laughs in guarded memoir

Of all the many unfair stereotypes about feminism, the most annoying has to be the idea that feminists have no sense of humour. If any proof were needed that this idea is nonsense, then surely it’s Ti na Fey’s new book Bossypants.

Castle’s tour de force of effortlessly inventive prose

Castle’s tour de force of effortlessly inventive prose

Susan Sontag once described Terry Castle’s work as ‘‘wildly funny’’ which, to me at least, isn’t quite the ringing endorsement it may appear to some. Much as I may respect Sontag as a serious critic, I’m not sure I’d use her as my guide to all things

Explaining the elements of almost everything

Explaining the elements of almost everything

Twenty years ago, I was proud of my lack of interest in science. I saw myself as a creative, artistic type, who wasn’t interested in factual subjects, and so I dropped all science subjects after my Inter Cert.

On Stage

On Stage

Much more than one string to Robbins’s bow