Brendan Daly

Brendan Daly

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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

Opposites collide with effect in Beckett’s bleak masterpiece

Opposites collide with effect in Beckett’s bleak masterpiece

Despite an occasional falter in pace, director Michael Cabot stylishly mines a script where “blathering about nothing in particular” forms the touchstone

Touching story of love across the legal divide

Touching story of love across the legal divide

How to Keep an Alien is an autobiographical account charting a burgeoning relationship

Groping around for the naked truth

Groping around for the naked truth

Non-Fiction: Naked At Lunch. By Mark Haskell Smith. Atlantic Books, €12.

Scaling spectacular summits

Scaling spectacular summits

From the top of Germany’s highest mountain the landscape below changes from Mars-like eeriness to classic Alpine

The slow life in Carlow

The slow life in Carlow

Under Mount Leinster, Borris boasts great food and hospitality where herons hunt on the highwayman’s river, writes Brendan Daly

Running in the right direction

Running in the right direction

Sport

Decadent delivers with Pierre’s provocative prize-winner

Decadent delivers with Pierre’s provocative prize-winner

Theatre: Vernon God Little By DBC Pierre Directed by Andrew Flynn Town Hall Theatre, Galway To...

McDonagh’s world remains caustic and askew

McDonagh’s world remains caustic and askew

Theatre

A gimlet eye analyses the anatomy of the self

A gimlet eye analyses the anatomy of the self

Non-fiction: Adventures in Human Being. By Gavin Francis. Profile Books, €20.

When private alienation meets global terrorism

When private alienation meets global terrorism

Non-fiction; The Tsarnaev Brothers: The Road to a Modern; Tragedy; By Masha Gessen; Scribe, €19.95