Brendan Daly

Brendan Daly

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Confessional Sedaris mixes bittersweet anecdotes with bereft heartbreak

Confessional Sedaris mixes bittersweet anecdotes with bereft heartbreak

Non-Fiction: Calypso, By David Sedaris, Little, Brown, €16.10 As soon as David Sedaris bought a...

James Rhodes: Piano prodigy hits the low notes in a chaotic journey

James Rhodes: Piano prodigy hits the low notes in a chaotic journey

Fire On All Sides is Rhodes's diary of his five-month European concert tour in 2016

Some timely advice on slowing down and switching off

Some timely advice on slowing down and switching off

Catherine Blyth’s On Time is a pithy attempt to understand time, why it always feels like it’s speeding up, and how we might try to reclaim it

A quiet triumph: opening the unwanted gift of shyness

A quiet triumph: opening the unwanted gift of shyness

Shrewdly observed, invariably compassionate and unexpectedly poignant

The man-made problem of male stereotping

The man-made problem of male stereotping

The differences between men and women are hardwired into the brain

Balloon  therapy

Balloon therapy

Brendan Daly goes up, up and away during a trip to the picturesque wilds of Catalonia

An entertaining look at life on the DeLorean factory  floor

An entertaining look at life on the DeLorean factory floor

Breathlessly paced, ricocheting across the Atlantic, written in a clean, unfussy style.

A forgotten year that shook the world

A forgotten year that shook the world

History/Politics; 1956: The Year in Revolt ; By Simon Hall; Faber & Faber, €27

Theatre: Intimate portrait of life as a gay man in Ireland

Theatre: Intimate portrait of life as a gay man in Ireland

Language Unbecoming a Lady reveals how ‘Robert in accounts’ became The Divine Diana

Theatre: Galway company should step away from the script

Theatre: Galway company should step away from the script

This shallow, sophomoric text confuses titillation with a genuine examination of the subject

The harrowing true story behind China’s power of one

The harrowing true story behind China’s power of one

NON-FICTION; One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment; By Mei Fong; Oneworld Publications, €17.25

Beguiling memoir looks back at a vanished Ireland

Beguiling memoir looks back at a vanished Ireland

Fannin harnesses great humour from the juxtaposition of the sacred and profane

Bolger travels back to his roots in a collection that’s full of life

Bolger travels back to his roots in a collection that’s full of life

This timely anthology is a supple and touching exploration of exile and defiance, love and loss

Earthy humour of the matchmaker in a conservative rural society

Earthy humour of the matchmaker in a conservative rural society

John B Keane's empathetic portrayal of loneliness brought vividly to life

Surprising how much chance played into Jim McGuinness's life

Surprising how much chance played into Jim McGuinness's life

Sport; Until Victory Always: A Memoir; By Jim McGuinness and Keith Duggan; Gill & Macmillan, €29.25